by PuckStopsHere on 08/23/12 at 03:43 AM ET
We are likely at the end of an era in the NHL. The era began as the 2004/05 lockout ended and the era will end as the new lockout begins. We are in a period where off-ice politics define the eras of play on the ice. One era lasts from one Gary Bettman induced hockey stoppage until the next one. For the good of hockey we would like to get past that point, but it creates a point in time to look back and see what happened in the era.
This is the most basic hockey sabermetrics study. Today I am looking at the top players by total goals scored in between lockouts.
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This list consists of 21 players due to a tie in 20th spot. It contains the best goal scorers since the last lockout. Alexander Ovechkin is by far the best goal scorer on this list. Ilya Kovalchuk is a clear second. In third we have Dany Heatley and Jarome Iginla in almost a dead heat. From that point on the differences between successive players become smaller.
At first glance, perhaps the most notable player who comes lower on the list is Evgeni Malkin who did not make his NHL debut until the 2006/07 season and hence had one fewer year than anyone else on the list. However Marian Gaborik appears six spots in front of him with 20 more goals and exactly the same number of games played (427) due to several injuries. Sidney Crosby has only seven more games played and is in 12th place.
A list like this is quite useful when it comes to making Hall of Fame selections. The top players on this list had sustained success during the current era. Other players who may have had success in a shorter term will not appear on this list and thus have lesser Hall of Fame credentials in this time period in most cases.
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