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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin is 28 year old. Over the years, he’s had his critics: no Stanley Cup, no Olympic gold, he keeps trying the same move, why isn’t Brooks Laich the captain already?

But if you look at how Ovechkin stacks up against others, he’s already one of the greatest to ever play the game. He seems destined to be a first-ballot hockey hall-of-famer.

Fun fact: did you know that with his masterful two goal performance on Thursday, Ovi surpassed Eric Lindros in goals? He entered the game with 372 regular-season tallies, the same as Lindros had at the end of his injury-plagued 13-season NHL career. Ovechkin is two games into his ninth season.

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Ovechkin is 109th in the NHL’s all-time goal scorers list, 11th among active players. He’s one goal behind Patrik Elias, Milan Hejduk, Trevor Linden, and Butch Goring; two behind Ray Whitney and Ryan Smyth, five behind Claude Lemieux and Ted Lindsay. Kind of big names. Among active players, Ovechkin trails Vincent Lecavalier by just nine goals.

Next time you catch a whiff of the old Ovechkin-hate, point the critics here.

Other notable numbers on a very young season:

  • The Caps have used 19 players so far this season. 20 of the team’s 23 points (87%) come from just five players: Ovechkin, Grabovski, Backstrom, Green, and Johansson.
  • Troy Brouwer is without a point in 38 minutes of ice time despite being on the ice for 5:23 of the Capitals’ 9:24 of power play time.
  • The Capitals have scored 5 goals in 9 power play opportunities, a blistering 55.6% conversion rate.
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  • yv

    That’s too short view of the table! The way Ovi shooting now he will get 60+ goals more and will pass way above the top I don’t know how many and whom!

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  • Freedoooom

    Needs 13 more goals than Lecavalier and 24 more than Marleau to pass them this season.

  • JenniferH

    So at this rate, Ovi will pass 4-6 more players tomorrow. OK then. Go Ovi!

  • Andrew

    I love the falling Backstrom in the background :D

  • Hatfield

    3 Harts, 3 Lindsays, 3 Richards, a Calder and having the all-time single season goal record for LW should already make him a slam dunk for 1st ballot.

  • dylan wheatley

    my favorite way to look at his is to look a current nhl goal total leaders as goals/seasons, assuming a minimum of 100 goals

    guess who’s on top

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  • Anon

    Trouble is, age is a factor there. Older players slow down, and their g/gm drops, even though it may have been nearly as good as AO’s through their 8th season. The other trouble is that, while this is one of the lowest scoring eras in league history, there is one lower: the early 2000s. Players who were in their prime then get unfairly penalized compared to Ovechkin.

    That said, the only active player with a higher goals per game through age 28 is Teemu Selanne (0.65 to 0.62), and Selanne gets a boost from the 90s. (The trap really didn’t kill league scoring until the mid-to-late 90s. Selanne got a few big years in before then, like the 76 his rookie season.)