It's lame. It's not a goal. The player doesn't earn it.. It's a breakaway given to him and the team gets the goal, not the player.
I think it's everyone's dream to throw their hat on the ice for a hat trick and I'm waiting for the day where I can too have that pleasure. But .. to mangle the words of Dave Chapelle, if hat tricks were a stock, their prices would be plummeting right now. What's next? Are we going to credit a goal tender with a shut out if they didn't allow any goals after coming in halfway through the game?