Does Alex Ovechkin actually have a shot at breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record?


Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin placed his name among some of the greats in NHL history (again) earlier in November when he scored the 742nd goal of his professional career. Ovechkin scored the historic goal at the 10:19 mark of the first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With that goal, Ovi passed Brett Hull for fourth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. The biggest question now is: where will the Caps superstar be on that all-time goals list when he decides to retire? 

During the 2021-22 season thus far, Ovechkin has racked up 12 goals and registered a point in all but three games. Since the season began, Ovechkin has passed Marcel Dionne and Hull on the all-time goals list. The Capitals winger passed Dionne for fifth place on the all-time list in a two-goal performance in the team’s season opener.

Next up on the all-time goals list is Jaromir Jagr. Ovechkin would need to score 25 goals the rest of the season in order to pass Jagr’s mark of 766. Considering that Ovechkin has scored at least 48 goals in three of the past four seasons, that mark is easily reachable — barring any lengthy injuries. Last season, the league was limited to just 56 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ovechkin registered just 24 goals. As you can now see, Ovi passing Jagr is likely a foregone conclusion.

Via: CBS Sports