The 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class will no doubt be debated.
The Hall's selection committee will announce this year's class in Toronto today as part of its annual meeting, with the official induction slated for Nov. 8.
The 18-member committee that is tasked with narrowing down the dozens of players, builders and officials has some tough decisions to make, especially with a long list of first-year eligibles.
Among the position players whose names appear on the ballot for the first time are Eric Lindros, Joe Nieuwendyk, Pierre Turgeon and John LeClair. The goaltending list includes Arturs Irbe and Sean Burke.
Nieuwendyk, who is considered a favourite to get the call, was the top goal scorer from the 2010 first-year eligibles, having fired 564 goals and adding 562 assists in 1,257 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.
He was the rookie of the year in 1988 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in 1999, when he led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup championship. He won three titles in his career.
Lindros was the NHL's most valuable player during the 1994-95 season and scored 372 goals and 493 assists in 760 games. Injuries cut short his career, which saw him play with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Maple Leafs and Stars.
Turgeon accumulated 1,327 points in 1,294 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Dallas and Colorado Avalanche.
LeClair, a gritty left-winger, was the first American-born player to score 50 or more goals in a season three times. He finished his career with 406 goals and 413 helpers in 967 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Burke won 324 games in 820 career games with the Devils, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Flyers, Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings.
Irbe played just 568 games, winning 218 of them while posting 236 losses.
Among the names returning to the ballot that may get a look include Doug Gilmour, Pavel Bure, Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Andreychuk, Adam Oates and Phil Housley. Goaltenders looking to gain entry include Tom Barrasso and Mike Vernon.
Former NHL coach Pat Burns, a three-time winner of the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach, is a name often mentioned in the builder's category. Burns survived liver and colon cancer, but is now battling lung cancer.
He was behind the bench for 1,019 NHL games with Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey, posting a record of 501 wins, 353 losses, 151 ties and 14 overtime/shootout losses. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup title in 2003.
A Facebook campaign was launched in March to help get Burns inducted into the Hall before cancer takes his life. More than 70,000 have joined the group.