Considering he's said he's not sure he would've played in NHL in 2004-05 (he was still under contract in Russia), don't think it works this way.
It's all about how long he wants to play. When he passes Messier (694) for 8th, he'll still be 200 away. That's an average of five 40-goal seasons, so he'll likely need 5-6 more seasons. I think he'll get to 802 (one more than Gordie Howe for second) and then see where he is.
Another example of Ovechkin maintaining his production while aging; His 31 goals in 48 games this season almost matches the 32 he scored in the 48-game lockout-shortened 2012-13 season -- when he was 27. He's 34 now.
With 31 goals in 48 games, Alex Ovechkin is on pace to finish with 52 (he can play a max of 81 games), which would be his 9th 50-goal season and tie Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy for most in NHL history.
I’m left mystified after what I saw last night from the Preds (I don’t know why, it’s happened a lot). I keep waiting......and waiting....for the talent of this group to take over. But the more I watch, the more I’m forced to believe that this is just what they are this year.
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