Big numbers to reach for hockey greats

Big numbers to reach for hockey greats


The hunt for Alex Ovechkin's career goalscoring record continues, but the Washington Capitals forward isn't the only one aiming for marks symbolizing success in the professional hockey. 

The No. 8 threaded the needle for the 785th time in the regular season in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. At the same time, he got closer to Gordie Howe, the second-ranked holder in National League history with 801 goals; Wayne Gretzky remains at the top with 894 successes. 

However, other active players deserve a little attention, as they could be in the news soon, either this season or in the future. following.

Sidney Crosby, 521 goals

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain has moved the ropes four times so far and he's still a long way off the 600 total. However, his next few goals will put him past a few interesting names in the hockey world. Sidney Crosby ranks 38th in scoring and his next will allow him to join Pat Verbeek. Then, two former Penguins will then be in his sights, namely Bryan Trottier (524) and Marian Hossa (525). If nothing gets in the way, the famous hockey player could end the campaign in the top 30. It is Quebecer Michel Goulet who holds 30th place with 548 goals, four more than Maurice Richard, 31st.

Steven Stamkos, 488 goals

The Tampa Bay Lightning star player is hopeful of becoming the 47th man in history to score at least 500 goals this year. He is currently ranked 50th and should beat Norm Ullman, Jean Ratelle and Glenn Anderson, who all stopped between 490 and 500 nets. The very good news for Steven Stamkos is that he is off to a great start: seven goals in his first nine games. He has not lost his touch on the power play, having flashed the red light five times with an extra man. Moreover, he is also close to the mark of 1000 points, since he has 981.

Evgeni Malkin, 448 goals 

The big sidekick of “Sid the Kid” also has his very personal aims in this 2022-2023 season. “Geno” is 10 games from the plateau of 1000. In terms of goals scored, he is 63rd and his next two achievements will earn him to join Doug Gilmour and Peter Stastny. When he reaches 452 goals, he will officially be a member of the top 60 snipers, tied with Rod Brind'Amour. If he avoids injuries, he should be dangerously hot Denis Savard (56th) and Alexander Mogilny (55th), both at 473 goals.

John Tavares, 395 goals 

The Toronto Maple Leafs captain and teammate William Nylander lead their club with four goals this year. This bodes well for John Tavares, who is very close to the total of 400. Currently ranked 111th all-time, he will join the top 100 in the coming months, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The former New York Islanders also has a good chance of finding himself in the group of players with 1,000 games behind the tie; he has played 959 so far.

Anze Kopitar, 367 goals

The idea of ​​seeing Anze Kopitar reach 400 goals this season remains a risky bet, but possible. However, you should know that the Los Angeles Kings color holder, who has threaded the needle twice since the start of hostilities, has not offered a production of at least 35 nets since 2017-2018. And he has almost double the number of assists (710) under his belt. It is more logical to think that he will approach the number of 390. Those interested will be delighted to know that Martin St-Louis is 117th with 391 career goals.