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Ovechkins Chase for Gr8tness

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – FEBRUARY 22: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal at 4:50 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 22, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. With the goal, Ovechkin became the eight player in NHL history to score 700 goals. The Devils defeated the Capitals 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin has been an unstoppable force in the NHL since his first day in the league back in 2004. He immediately made his presence known with his speed, skill, and physicality and every hockey fan that knew anything knew that he was something special. What people did not know is just how special he really is. Over the course of his 15 year career so far, Ovi has had 8 seasons with 50 goals or more and three additional seasons where he was within less than 10 goals from 50. That is 11 out of his 15 seasons. Nobody in the league comes close to putting up these goal scoring numbers. He is, by far, the greatest goal scorer of my generation. But Ovechkin is not stopping there. He has a legitimate chance to become the greatest goal scorer of all time surpassing Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894. Now as I am sure you all know, Ovechkin has just recently made history joining the 700 goal club against the Devils on February 22nd. Since then, he has netted his 701st goal and is sitting pretty in 8th place on the all time list of goal scorers. Now that is nearly 200 goals that he needs to pot over the rest of his career. That is not an easy feat by any means, yet it is very possible for a player the caliber of Ovechkin. This year he is on pace for yet another 50 goal season if not more. Assuming that he reaches that mark this season he will be at around 708 goals. That gives him 187 goals left over the course of his career to beat Gretzky. That may sound like a large mountain to climb but if you break it down it is very, VERY doable. If Ovechkin manages to prolong his career to 20 years that gives him 5 more seasons to score a minimum of 38 goals a season. That a minimum! To put into perspective just how doable this is for Ovechkin, he has only had 3 seasons in which he has not reached the 38 goal mark and one of them was during the lockout of


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