Jaromír Jágr believes Ovechkin can break the NHL goal record
Jaromír Jágr himself was a great goal scorer back in his prime and he believes Alexander Ovechkin can break the record held by the great Wayne Gretzky. The Russian has a lot of ground to cover as Gretzky has a 188-goal lead over him with 894 goals in his legendary career.
Jágr himself is actually third on the goal scoring charts as he has 766 during his NHL career. The Czech star last played in the NHL in 2018 for the Calgary Flames but he is still playing for his hometown team HC Kladno.
On the other hand, Ovechkin has played a total of 15 seasons in the NHL scoring charts with 706 goals so far. It does not look like he is stopping anytime soon. He is already 35 years of age but he still looks like he can play for a long time. He is adamant that he will only play for the Washington Capitals until the end of his NHL career.
Jágr has talked about why he believes in Ovechkin’s ability to break the record. He said, ‘Earlier I thought Ovechkin doesn't have any chances to break Gretzky's record. It was six years ago. But Alex has changed and became a better and more effective hockey player than he was in youth. I think he works harder now. He'll be able to if he can stay healthy and keep working as hard as now’.
On the pace that Ovechkin is in, you really see him breaking the record if he plays four more seasons and maintains the goal scoring pace that he is on. In the past three years, he has scored nearly 50 goals per season and if he keeps that up, he can pass Gretzky’s count.
Ovechkin has said that he will give himself about three to five years before he leaves the Capitals and the NHL. After that, he will sign a contract with his first club Dynamo Moscow where he will retire. That is a fairytale ending for a wonderful career but since that is a long way away, it will be interesting if Ovechkin does challenge for the all-time record.
Words: Cholo Martin