So Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th and 501st career goals in the Capitals Sunday night drubbing of the Senators, a 7-1 decision. But you already knew that.
In celebration of the Russian’s latest milestone, Rob Vollman of NHL.com offered an interesting breakdown of Ovechkin’s numbers over the years, and determining his place among the greatest goal scorers to lace up the skates.
What Vollman found, using the peak three-season adjusted scoring index, was Ovechkin’s best three seasons (which came from 2008-2010, when he scored 171 goals) was tied for the second-best, trailing only Brett Hull, who had the best three-year peak when he scored 228 from 1990-92 (172 adjusted to today’s levels). Ovechkin’s peak, which adjusts at 164, is tied with Wayne Gretzky.
However, according to the adjusted goals statistic put out by hockey-reference.com, Ovechkin is 19th all-time with 603. Only Jaromir Jagr (2nd, 826) and Jarome Iginla (6th, 691) rank higher. Those two are also players at the tail-end of their respective careers, putting in nearly two decades of NHL service time. Ditto Marian Hossa and Patrick Marleau, the other two active players who rank in the top 30. Ovechkin is in only his 11th season, having just turned 30 in September. He already ranks ahead of the likes of Mike Modano (578), Jean Beliveau (575), and Stan Mikita (541).
Among the top 50 goal scorers ever, Ovechkin is third with 0.63 goals per game, trailing only Mike Bossy (0.76) and Mario Lemieux (0.75).
With 501 goals, Ovechkin is 42nd all-time among goal scorers in NHL history. With 26 goals in 41 games for the Capitals, who are sitting in the drivers seat for the Presidents Trophy with 67 points, Ovechkin is on pace to score 52 goals, which would give him 527 goals at season’s end, good enough for 33rd on the all-time list.