Alexander Ovechkin does it again. Congrats to the Washington Capitals captain for another trip to the record books — last night he recorded his 30th goal, 23rd assist and 53rd point on the season resulting in:
500 Career Regular Season Assists, #143 all time
— Compared to his current colleagues only a couple shy of Kopitar & Stall and a bunch ahead of Kane. Historically, it’s more assists in fewer games than Kozlov, Linden, Amonte, Larionov, Näslund, Lindsay and a few other big names.
0.515 Assists Per Game, #140 all time
— Compared to his current colleagues he’s only a few ticks behind Tavares, Stastny & Vorácek while ahead of Benn, Koivu, Daniel Sedin & Letang. Historically, its in the range of Roenick, Larionov, Hull & Saku Koivu
Not too shabby for a guy who is known as “one dimensional power play specialist goal scorer,” but there’s more:
500G/500A career mark, 43rd player all-time
— Joins Jagr, Hossa & Marleau as the only active players. 4th fastest to achieve it joining only Brett Hull, Lemieux, Jagr, and Selanne doing it in under 1,000 games.
30 goal seasons: 13 times
— tied with Gretzky for 2nd all time consecutively reaching that mark since their rookie season (2 behind former Cap Mike Gartner). There have been aprox 1,200 30-goal player seasons and Ovi owns 1.08% of the total so far, only Jagr as an active or recently active player maintains a greater share.
1088 Career Regular Season Points, T62nd all time
— tied with Theo Fleury who took 114 more games to reach the mark
1.122 Point per game, #19 all time
— Behind only Malkin & Crosby for active players (both with fewer games) and historically in the same range with a similar number of games played to the likes of Lindros, Bure, Federko & Bobby Hull. (min 500 career points)
Pretty impressive. So, I think we can safely drop the selfish Russian trope anytime now.