Alex Ovechkin career goals and rank on NHL all-time scoring list

Alex Ovechkin continues to load the NHL’s all-time goals scored list.

The Capitals captain entered the 2021-22 season with 730 career goals. That put him 164 points behind Wayne Gretzky’s 894, which top the chart. There have been doubts as to whether he can top the number of “The Great One” when “The Great 8” reaches the final years of its run. But as Gretzky says, hope he, and hope he does, break the all-time record.

As Ovechkin progresses through the record book, Sporting News takes a look at where he stands and where he is going as the march to 895 continues in earnest.

All statistics updated until December 15th.

NHL All-Time Goal Leaders

Over the course of 1,487 NHL games, Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals, averaging 0.60 goals per game. By comparison, through Dec. 15, Ovechkin has 751 goals in 1,226 career games, averaging 0.61 per game.

Wayne gretzky EDM, LAK, STL, NYR 894
Gordie howe DET, HFD 801
Jaromir Jagr PIT, WSH, NYR, PHI, DAL, BOS, NJD, FLA, CGY 766
Alex Ovechkin WSH 751
Brett hull CGY, STL, DAL, DET, PHX 741

Alex Ovechkin’s next 10 opponents

Throughout his career, Ovechkin has found the back of the net the most against the Lightning. He has faced his former rival in the Southeast Division 74 times and has scored 49 goals. The next team on the list is the Jets with 48 goals in just 67 games.

Friday December 17 in Jets 48 goals in 67 games (0.72)
Sunday December 19 against kings 11 goals in 22 games (0.50)
Tuesday, December 21 in Flyers 42 goals in 64 games (0.66)
Thursday, December 23 in the islanders 40 goals in 62 games (0.65)
Monday December 27 against senators 33 goals in 49 games (0.67)
Wednesday December 29 against predators 13 goals in 21 games (0.62)
Friday December 31 in Red Wings 20 goals in 29 games (0.69)
Sunday January 2 against demons 36 goals in 66 games (0.55)
Tuesday, january 4 in Canadiens 33 goals in 51 goals (0.65)
Friday january 7 in blues 18 goals in 20 games (0.90)

Divisions provided by Hockey reference.

Alex Ovechkin goals per game per season

If you think he is 36 years old, will he be able to continue producing? Ovechkin is like a good wine; it is improving with age.

2005-06 81 52 0.64
2006-07 82 46 0.56
2007-08 82 Sixty-five 0.79
2008-09 79 56 0.71
2009-10 72 fifty 0.69
2010-11 79 32 0.41
2011-12 78 38 0.49
2012-13 48 32 0.67
2013-14 78 51 0.65
2014-15 81 53 0.65
2015-16 79 fifty 0.63
2016-17 82 33 0.40
2017-18 82 49 0.60
2018-19 81 51 0.63
2019-20 68 48 0.71
2021 Four. Five 24 0.53
2021-22 29 twenty-one 0.72

Will Alex Ovechkin pass Wayne Gretzky?

Never say Never!

Going into this season, Ovechkin was behind Gretzky by 164 goals. While he’s off to a torrid start, he’s unlikely to continue to find the back of the net once per game. A reasonable high end could be the 50-goal barrier, which he most recently reached in 2018-19, although he scored at a 50-goal rate during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season.

Fifty goals in an 82-game season are recorded at 0.61 goals per game. If he plays all the games in the future, unlikely to say the least, he would need 234 games (as of Dec 15) to catch Gretzky. That would be sometime during the 2024-25 season.

Of course, if you continue to score at a breakneck pace, you could get there sooner. Ovechkin’s personal record for goals per game is 0.79, which he set in 2008-09. Even with the most optimistic projection, the first thing Ovechkin could catch Gretzky is midway through the 2023-24 season.

It’s impossible to predict health, but it goes without saying that that’s perhaps the most important factor in assessing the 36-year-old’s chances of becoming the all-time scoring champion.

How many Rocket Richard trophies has Alex Ovechkin won?

Awarded to the NHL’s Top Scorer by the NHL Board of Governors, the Maurice Richard Trophy, commonly called the Rocket Richard Trophy, was provided to the NHL by the Montreal Canadiens in honor of the Hall of Fame. Over the course of 18 seasons with the Canadiens, Richard led the NHL in goals five times, was the first to score 50 in 50 games (in 1944-45), and was the first 500-goal scorer in league history. He finished his career with 544 goals in 978 games.

The trophy was presented for the first time after the 1998-99 season to Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who led the NHL with 47 goals.

Ovechkin has captured the trophy nine times. He could have won it in his rookie year, but he lost to the Sharks’ Jonathan Cheechoo by four goals, and was one goal behind in 2009-10.

2019-20 48
2018-19 51
2017-18 49
2015-16 fifty
2014-15 53
2013-14 51
2012-13 32
2008-09 56
2007-08 Sixty-five