Canadian Wayne Gretzky is universally considered the greatest NHL player in history, but the situation is currently such that his record for the total number of goals in the elite league is currently seriously endangered.
Experienced Russian Aleksandr Ovechkin is playing fantastically for the Washington Capitals, despite his veteran status, and it remains to be seen whether he will reach the "Great" in the coming seasons. Ovechkin is 36 years old and does not show the slightest signs of slowing down - the Muscovite who plays on the left wing has scored a total of 44 points in 28 games this season.
He scored 20 goals and recorded 24 assists, and has a total of 750 goals in his NHL career, which has lasted since 2005. First on the list is Wayne Gretzky, the legendary hockey player of the Oilers, Kings, Blues and Rangers with 894 goals.
In addition to Gretzky, only Jaromir Jagr and Gordie Howe are ahead of Ovechkin in terms of the number of goals. However, it is quite clear that the current fantastic form of the Russian hockey player is quite unsustainable - this is the best average of his goals for Ovechkin since the 2007/2008 season.
Such an average is also impressive for players in their twenties, and especially for veterans like Ovechkin. There is no lack of team success - the Capitals play great under his leadership and have an impressive score of 17-5-6.
Ovechkin won only nine of his 44 points during the power play situation, and he did not score a point in only five of the 28 games. Bearing in mind that Ovechkin signed a five-year contract with the team from the capital in the previous league, as well as the fact that he rarely misses games due to injuries, Ovechkin will definitely have a chance to reach Gretzky , and fight for his second Stanley Cup in his career.
The best evidence of the greatness of Gretzky's achievements is the fact that he has more than 700 assists more than the first next in that order - his compatriot Ron Francis. With 2,857 points, he is the best in the history of the NHL, and his first companion is the Czech Jaromir Jagr with 1,921 points.
What else to say but; What an amazing career this veteran has! First on the list is Wayne Gretzky, the legendary hockey player of the Oilers, Kings, Blues and Rangers with 894 goals. In addition to Gretzky, only Jaromir Jagr and Gordie Howe are ahead of Ovechkin in terms of the number of goals.
He really broke many records and shows how great a player he is. We will see if anyone will go to break his records in the future!