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Top Goal Scorers Since The Lockout

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.

Most Goals From 2005-Present
1Alexander Ovechkin


2Ilya Kovalchuk


3Dany Heatley


4Jarome Iginla


5Eric Staal


6Patrick Marleau


7Rick Nash


8Thomas Vanek


9Marian Hossa


10Marian Gaborik


11Vincent Lecavalier


12Sidney Crosby


13Daniel Sedin


14Henrik Zetterberg


15Martin St Louis


16Teemu Selanne


17Evgeni Malkin


18Corey Perry


19Jeff Carter


20Daniel Alfredsson


20Jason Spezza


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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My first observation: The top 21 goal scorers aren’t exactly swimming in a sea of Stanley Cups.

Second: No Habs or Leafs (YES!)

Posted by Zarley Zalapski on 08/23/12 at 05:56 PM ET

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I count five cup winners. almost 25%...

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 08/23/12 at 08:52 PM ET

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There are seven (Hossa, Crosby, Zetterberg, Selanne, Malkin, Perry, Carter) Stanley Cup winners in this period who make the list.  7/20 is 35%.  However none make the top eight on the list.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 08/23/12 at 08:57 PM ET

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My comment is wrong.  Staal won a cup too.  so 8/20 or 40%.  Staal is the highest on the list to win a cup as well.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 08/23/12 at 09:02 PM ET


There are 10 Cup winners:

Staal, Hossa, Lecavalier, Crosby, Zetterberg, Selanne, St.Louis, Malkin, Perry, Carter

Posted by Malvechkin from Hamilton on 08/23/12 at 10:45 PM ET

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LeCavalier and St Louis did not win during the time period we are discussing.  they won before the last lockout.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 08/23/12 at 10:52 PM ET


How many Conn Smythes?

I count two in Malkin and Zetterberg.

Surprised to see on this list: Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Thomas Vanek.

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 08/24/12 at 12:34 AM ET

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