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Reasons Why Alex Ovechkin Can Beat Wayne Gretzky's All-Time Goals Record

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Reasons Why Alex Ovechkin Can Beat Wayne Gretzky's All-Time Goals Record
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

The Russian Sniper, Alex Ovechkin looks the most likely to break the all-time goal scoring NHL record set by the great Wayne Gretzky way back in 1999 as he scored his final goal in the NHL to finish with a tally of 894.

Gretzkys Record Was Untouchable

For years many people though Gretzkys 894 goals scored in the NHL was virtually untouchable and that it would most likely never be broken, at least not anytime in the near future. Well that record is now hanging in the balance as 35 year old Russian, Alex Ovechkin sits on a total of 730 goals, which places him 6th in the all-time goal scoring record table.

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Ovechkin is the only active player with 600+ goals to his name, hence the reason Gretzky is looking over his shoulder when it comes to the record. Gretzky retired at the age of 38, although he was still a very efficient goalscorer and assister, many people were surprised by his statement to retire, although he claimed it to be a gut feeling, it was no secret his struggled with back issues in the latter part of his career. So the big question is can Ovechkin beat Gretzkys record? We think so and here is our reasons why.

Ovechkin Has Many Years Left

The Russian has been in the NHL since 2005 and has enjoyed a great deal of Success in his later years with the Washington Capitals. He has failed to make the playoffs with the Capitals in just four of his 16 season, and the Capitals still remain a strong team who should make the playoffs in the next few season at least.

Ovechkin is also a much “tougher” player than Gretzky, he can take a few hits, and give them out also and is certainly not afraid to drop the gloves if needs be, these are traits that should give him a bit more longevity than Gretzky as he is less likely to get injured to do his physicality. It’s also a fair argument to say that Ovechkin might not have been eyeing up four or five more years in the league had he not been so close to the record.

Ovechkin’s Mentality and 5 Year Extension

The Russian is a different breed when it comes to the sport, he lives and breeds hockey and its clearly obvious his love and passion for the game is just as strong now as it was 10-15 years ago if anything he seems to have even more passion for the game. This has resulted in him signing a new five year contract extension with the Capitals, meaning bar injury he will play five more season in the NHL. After years of silence regarding the record, Ovechkin finally spoke out about it and said “”I’m going to try to do it, but you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,”.

Our Projections For The Next Five Years

Barring any major injuries we have set our goalscoring projections for Ovechkin over the next five years in the NHL. Take it into consideration for your NHL picks.

  • 2021: 45
  • 2022: 39
  • 2023: 37
  • 2024: 31
  • 2025: 28
  • Total: 180

Our projections on the up the NHL 2022 future’s betting market give Ovechkin a total of 910 NHL goals by the time his contract is up. There is a lot to factor into this also, such as if Ovechkin is short of the record by any less than 15-20 goals after his five years are up will he stick around to try beat the record? We think so.

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

We also have a scenario where he could possibly play for another six/seven years which would mean he could end on something like 950 career goals. Either way unless Ovechkin suffers a serious long term injury, we can see him beating “the great ones” all time NHL record. This will definitely will change our NHL odds.

“The Great Eight” Can Break The Record

Nobody will come close to beating Gretzky’s all time points record at 2,857 so I’m sure he won’t mind giving up the goals record to arguably the greatest goalscorer of all time in the NHL, and soon to be all time top goalscorer. Ovechkin is looking to carve his name in the history books, and in terms of goalscoring ability, it doesn’t look like he is going to lose it all over night, sure he will get a bit slower with age etc but he should still be solid for 25+ goals a season for the next five season at the very least. Unlike Gretzky, Ovechkin isn’t as much of a playmaker and always sets his sights on goals as opposed to assists, which in our eyes is what makes him the greatest goalscorer in the NHL and deserves to hold the record.