Last night Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin scored his 717th career goal tying Phil Esposito for 6th all time on the NHL goals list. That goal now puts him 14 away from getting into the top five of all time and he is still only 35 years old. I say only, because I think we all know damn well this guy is going to play well into his 40s.
I don’t think I am in the minority here when I say I have full confidence that Ovie will break Wayne Gretzky’s all time record of 894 goals. I am even going to go as far as to say he gets to over 900 goals. Yes, I said over 900 goals and no I’m not crazy. Right now Ovie is only 177 goals away from tying Gretzky and 183 away from the 900 goal mark. I’m not a big math guy, but I crunched some numbers for this blog(Not a big deal) and that only solidified my thoughts on Ovie getting to 900 goals.
As long as the NHL doesn’t have any more shortened season based on my calculations if Ovechkin averages 36 goals a year for the next five years he will hit the 900 goal mark in 2026-27. When the NHL has had a full 82 game season Ovechkin has only scored less than 40 goals in three out of the 13 full seasons since he’s been in the league. The guy has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to scoring either, last year before the COVID shutdown in 68 games he scored 48 goals. He was well on his way to a possible 60 goal season. Now, here in 2021 we are 25 games into the 56 game season and he has 12 goals. I think he ends this season with no less than 30 goals which would put him at around 735 for his career and 5th all time. If my projections are correct that would put him 159 goals away from Gretzky and 165 away from 900. Hopefully we don’t have any more shortened NHL seasons because that would be the only thing that would stop him from breaking the all time goal record.
Ovie is one of the most competitive players in NHL history and there is no way he retires before at least tying the record. As a Flyers fan in my younger years I don’t think I appreciated what I was watching Ovechkin do night in and night out. But now, I will say I am rooting for him to break the record even if it means he has to score 50 more goals against my Flyers. I’m glad he was able to get his Stanley Cup and I wouldn’t mind seeing him get another but I want nothing more than to see him break Gretzkys record and become the first ever player to score 900 goals in a career. So enjoy these next few seasons of watching Ovie as we are truly watching a legend every time he steps on the ice.