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Sports Can Alex Ovechkin become the NHL's all-time goal-scoring king?

19:42  13 march  2018
19:42  13 march  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club

  Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal clubThe captain of the Washington Capitals scored twice Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets to reach the milestone in his 990th regular-season game. Ovechkin became the fourth-fastest player in NHL history to 600 behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.

Washington Capitals uber-sniper Alex Ovechkin became the newest member of the 600- goal club Monday, and the fourth-fastest in history to reach the milestone. But if everything goes right, one of the greatest records in NHL history will one day belong to Alex Ovechkin . (Sorry, Wayne.)

Ovechkin is a born goal scorer , and should stay productive for several more seasons. But projecting a 0.626 GPG pace for seven or eight more years is Assuming Ovechkin stays reasonably healthy, maintains a decent level of production even into his late 30 s and remains in the NHL the entire time

Despite having been retired for 19 years, Wayne Gretzky still owns more than 50 NHL records - and it's fair to say that most of them are safe.

But the Great One may one day cede one of his most impressive marks - the league record in goals - to the Great Eight.

Washington Capitals uber-sniper Alex Ovechkin became the newest member of the 600-goal club Monday, and the sixth-fastest in history to reach the milestone. Considering that Ovechkin won't turn 33 until September, it's time to ponder whether he has a legitimate shot at becoming the league's all-time goals leader by the time his career is done.

Where he stands

Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club

  Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club Everyone around Alex Ovechkin had a hunch this was his night.His wife, Nastya, had flown back from Moscow just in time. Coach Barry Trotz noticed Ovechkin was unusually quiet.By the time he scored the 599th goal of his career, Ovechkin sensed it, too. Less than four minutes into the second period of the Washington Capitals' game against the Winnipeg Jets, Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL's 600-goal club.The Russian superstar scored twice to reach the milestone in typical Ovechkin fashion, becoming the fourth-fastest player in NHL history to 600 behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.

Why Alex Ovechkin is NHL ’ s best all - time goal scorer . At age 30 and playing a rugged style, Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin keeps reaching the increasingly rare 50-goal mark. NHL All - Time Goals Per Game Leaders. John G. Zimmerman for Sports Illustrated. Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images.

Memories: Rookie Alex Ovechkin scores an iconic goal . 16, 2006, at what was then Glendale Arena, one scored by Alex Ovechkin became known as "The Goal ." It was Ovechkin ' s second goal of the game and his 32nd of the season. He finished the season with 52 and won the Calder

Entering the Capitals' upcoming home-and-home set with the New York Islanders, Ovechkin has 600 goals in 990 career regular-season games.

More significantly, Ovechkin averages 0.606 goals per game over his career - the sixth-highest rate of all time, and 0.05 goals ahead of Gretzky himself, who set the standard with 894 goals. Two guys ahead of Ovechkin - Cy Denneny and Babe Dye - played when 24-game seasons were the norm, while two others - Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux - saw their chances at the goal-scoring crown curtailed by injury.

Based solely on goals per game, Ovechkin has an excellent chance at racking up enough scores to pass Gretzky. But he's still trailing the Great One by 294 goals, so it'll take a lot of work.

What he needs

Health

Ovechkin's had the good fortune to remain relatively healthy, which is by far the biggest contributing factor to his run at the crown. He credits a thorough training regimen with helping him stay on the ice, but every fan knows it doesn't take much for a player to wind up on the sidelines. Ovechkin needs to stay healthy - not just for now, but into the twilight of his career.

Production

It's one thing to look at Ovechkin's goals-per-game output and extrapolate future production based on that number. But it isn't always that simple; Gretzky averaged an absurd .823 goals per game over his first 10 seasons before the well began to dry up. Ovechkin is a born goal-scorer, and should stay productive for several more seasons. But projecting a 0.606 GPG pace beyond even the next three years is optimistic.

Motivation

Ovechkin seems satisfied to be playing in the top hockey league in the world. Then again, so did Jaromir Jagr before he stunningly bolted for Europe, spending three seasons overseas and effectively taking himself out of the running for the goal-scoring record. There's no indication Ovechkin would do the same - but it has happened before. And if he did, he'd have virtually no chance of catching Gretzky, even if he did return.

Ovechkin, Laine share goals lead with head-to-head on deck

  Ovechkin, Laine share goals lead with head-to-head on deck The NHL's current goal leaders are set to go head-to-head in Washington on Monday. Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets scored his 40th goal of the season in a loss to Philadelphia Saturday, remaining red hot and drawing even with Alex Ovechkin for a share of the league lead.A 40-goal season and 15 in his last 11 games. Yes, @PatrikLaine29 is definitely a scoring machine. pic.twitter.com/gzqxYnS7Ne— NHL (@NHL) March 10, 2018For his part, Ovechkin failed to hit the back of the net in a win in San Jose later in the day.Up next for the the two star wingers is a Monday showdown as the Jets visit the Capitals.

Ovechkin is also the sixth player in NHL history to score 600 or more goals for one franchise and could become the first player at age 32 or older to Even more notable, however, is that with no signs of slowing down, it’ s possible Ovechkin could catch Gretzky and become the all - time leading goal

Ovechkin ' s NHL career-high is 65 goals (2007-08), and he has scored at least 50 seven times . Named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian in 2017, Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL leading goal - scorer six times , the Hart Trophy (MVP)

What will happen

Assuming Ovechkin stays reasonably healthy, maintains a decent level of production even into his late 30s, and remains in the NHL the entire time, he has a non-zero shot of catching Gretzky:

Alex Ovechkin in a red shirt© Patrick Smith / Getty Images Sport / Getty

  • At his current GPG pace, Ovechkin would tie Gretzky's mark in 485 games, or roughly six seasons.

  • At a slightly reduced pace of .575 goals per game, Ovechkin would tie Gretzky's mark in 511 games, or roughly 6 1/2 seasons.

  • At a further reduced pace of .500 goals per game, Ovechkin would tie Gretzky's mark in 588 games, or just over seven seasons.

He may need to play into his early 40s, and it won't hurt to have a playmaking center attached to his hip. But if everything goes right, one of the greatest records in NHL history will one day belong to Alex Ovechkin.

(Sorry, Wayne.)

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