He came over at 20 so it's not like he had a ton of pre-NHL experience, like Larionov and Fetisov, nor did he 'defect' a la Kovalchuk (who should be similarly credited as the older, earlier European players). Also, because of the way he left Russia, he didn't play on many Russian national teams, so his case is more the symbolism and trailblazer aspect of defecting.
I was speaking that by your argument, with guys like Carbonneau being in the Hall, then all the Fleurys, Sundins, Mogilnys, Josephs, Turgeons, Roenicks, Zetterbergs, Barrassos, ad nauseum, deserve to make it.
Christ, even Richter should be if Carbonneau is!
yeah, Carbonneau is a clear “old time hockey” Canadien best writer vote. To me, he is a better version of Mike Eastwood.