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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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TreKronor's avatar

I don’t think ove can break this record. He’s got 250 goals to go and he’s 33.at some point he’ll slow down and it will get more difficult to get those points.

I honestly wonder if we’ll ever see that record be broken.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/27/18 at 08:38 AM ET


It will be very difficult, but he does have a chance.

Personally, I’m more worried about Jim Matheson and/or his editor at the Edmonton Journal. Brett Hall? Really? Wow!

Posted by Son of a Blash on 12/27/18 at 10:44 AM ET


So let’s say Ovechkin plays until his age 40 season. That’s seven and a half more years. In this scenario he’d need to average just under 35 goals per season the rest of the way to top Gretzky’s record.

That’s certainly not a gimme even for a player of Ovechkin’s ability, but at the same time his career average so far is an absurd 50 goals per 82 games, and he’s doesn’t really seem like he’s slowing down (49 goals per 82 game pace or better in 6 of the last 7 seasons, including a mind-boggling 68-goal pace so far this year).

Yes he will slow down somewhat, and injuries or lockouts could further put it out of reach. But it also seems to me like Ovechkin’s game (or at least his goal scoring prowess) ought to age well. Barring a devastating injury or unexpected early retirement he’s going to crush Andreychuk’s record for powerplay goals (he could get there in as little as 2-3 years) and it’s not hard to imgaine him continuing to blast them in as PP specialist even beyond age 40.

Will it be difficult? Absolutely. But I actually don’t think his odds are that bad. Maybe not quite 50-50, but a lot more realistic than most fans probably realize.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 12/27/18 at 05:09 PM ET

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