Hull an easy Hall of Fame choice

If you are a voter in a Hall of Fame, Brett Hull is the type of player that doesn't require much discussion. All you have to do is look at the numbers and the years of impressive play and put him in. It's that easy.

Hull's 741 regular-season goals put him third in the NHL behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe, still the only two players with more than 800. He had the 86-goal season (in 82 games) in 1990-91, which Brenden Morrow joked could only happen in the NHL now if Darryl Reaugh, the Stars' TV analyst, was in nets. And he played in eight NHL All-Star Games, helping two teams to win Stanley Cups -- Dallas in 1999 and Detroit in 2002.

But to me, the most impressive number is 24 game-winning goals in the playoffs. He's tied with Gretzky for that mark. All Dallas fans know the biggest game-winning goal -- beating Buffalo in 1999 (yes, it was a goal).

Hull was a fun personality who helped make that 1999 team go. He was confident, no doubt about that. But he was a winner. And now, fittingly, he's a Hall of Famer.