Ovechkin Watch: the 2019-2020 season milestones

It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals or not, this season if you are a hockey fan or have any respect for sports achievements you are going to want to watch what happens with the man of many nicknames and Washington Capitals Captain, simply known by all a Ovi, or if you prefer: Ov8chkin, the Great 8, the Russian Machine, 8)))), Alexander the Great, O-V-8…

Why?

Because Ovechkin is poised to leave an indelible mark on some pretty substantial records over the course of this season.

How big of a deal is it for what Ovechkin’s doing?

There’s only really a handful of other active players that appear on multiple all time leader boards in the analysis below and only a handful of retired players overall that appear on nearly all the same ones Ovi does. Ovechkin is not merely elite. It might even be an understatement to call him generational. When he is breaking these records he is helping re-define what All Time means. There really hasn’t been a player since the 2004-lockout, or who even had their career overlap with Ovi (other than Jagr who began his career in the early 90s), to come close to the types of milestones Ovi has set so far… And Ovi’s current contract isn’t even up yet.

Remember too, Ovechkin is accomplishing these feats in i) the post “third-expansion era” where the league was at 30+ teams so the talent is more spread out ii) where the league was under a salary cap designed to create parity rather than super-star laden teams iii) during the “dead puck era” where the league scoring was sustained under well 3gpg, in part because of an emphasis on defensive schemes, oversized goalies and pads, smaller nets and both league and individual scoring was generally down in all situations and iv) while in the “lockout era” where he lost all, or part, of a multiple NHL seasons due to work stoppages.

He is in his age-34 season, entering his 15th year in the league in which he’s only missed a handful of games. While it’s not an iron man streak, it is in rarified air overall, and it speaks to his dependability and longevity on the ice…a feat derived from good genes and good training as well as good fortune and good instincts.

Over the course of Ovechkin’s career he’s been a highlight reel of goal scoring from all over the ice with mind-boggling consistency. If the puck reaches his tape he makes sure it finds its way toward the net at a pace few players could hope to every match. But, more than just shooting, the puck goes in at an insane rate of more than a goal every other game. One reason why is because Oveckin has a deceptively deadly shot that flutters and knuckles in the air but stays true to the target and comes in extremely hard and fast. Although he’s probably best knowing for unloading that cannon during the Power Play from the left circle (the Ovi Spot, aka Ovi’s Office, which you know it must be special to get a spot on the ice named after you) he has the ability to truly snipe it from anywhere on the ice with a deftness. He’s not just a distance shooter firing at a gatling gun rate. He still has the ability to blaze down the ice on the rush and rip off shots going under, around and through defenders using his vision, size and shear willpower. And, he’s had plenty of physics defying goals from the mouth of the crease including some lacrosse/baseball bat style in-air tip ins that look just as unreal in slo-mo.

And, although it’s overlooked, Ovi has amazing vision on the ice and is a deft playmaker when given the line mates to work with. For most of Ovechkin’s career he’s had a generational type playmaking talent at Center, in Backstrom, who is more adept at feeding Ovi the puck that trying to score himself otherwise Ovi might have more assists. Moreso, unfortunately, the duo has featured a rotating cast of opposite wingers to work with including Joey Crabb! More seriously, Chris Clark, Mike Knuble, Alex Semin, Marcus Johansson, Joel Ward, TJ Oshie and now Tom Wilson are a few who have seen their personal goal totals blossom by being fed by Ovechkin’s passing or devouring the juicy rebounds from his howitzer shot. His assists per game are impressive in-and-of themselves but it is the fact he’s among the top-three all time among guys who are considered pure goal scorers and collects apples at a rate of one assist every other game where more than a majority of them are primaries.

But, he’s not just a point producing machine. He’s a physical force to be reckoned with and can check with breathtaking ability that rivals his goal generating touch. Part of it is that he’s a tank of a human being to begin with. Part of it is that he’s faster than you’d expect for a man his size so he gets on his target quick. And, the last part is he is he plays with the mentality of a classic power forward despite being a sniper and has no issue with removing guys from the puck, or the play, in order to make more room for his shot.

However, the single most important thing is his love for the game. In sports showing emotion is frowned upon. Having a personality is considered show boating, gluttonous and unsportsmanlike. And, yet, here is Ovechkin celebrating every goal. More than 600 of them. Every win. Also more than 600 of them. Every time a team mate scores even if he didn’t assist. Every milestone. Even the ones someone else reaches. Every opportunity he can he celebrates as if he were a kid at Christmas with his toothless grin and big physical presence. His jubilation in finally helping the Caps achieve a Stanley Cup championship is probably among the top three hand-off ceremony reactions ever. His joyfulness during his many All Star Game appearances routinely stole the show. The way he speaks of the game, the team and himself routinely has a rawness to it that’s inspiring to witness with its mix of humor and introspection that defines who he is both on and off the ice. And, night in and out, he plays with his big, bountiful emotions on his sleeve as a reminder that playing in-and-of itself is supposed to be fun.

All numbers below from Hockey-Reference unless otherwise noted. And, remember, this is only the NHL Regular Season. It doesn’t include the post-season numbers (which are also becoming all-time epic) or his KHL numbers from seasons lost during work stoppages, etc.

GOALS
Currently #13 All Time NHL Regular Season Goals with 658

+33 for sole possession of 10th place with 691 passing Luc Robitaille, Teemu Selanne and Mario Lemieux; a 0.4125 GPG pace over 80 games; 15th 30 goal season ties Jaromir Jagr for 2nd most all time breaking a tie with Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, also ties Mike Gartner’s 15 consecutive season and 15 seasons to begin a career records, but two behind Gartner’s career total achieved.

+42 to reach the 700 goal milestone for 8th all time also passing Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier; a 0.525 GPG pace over 80 games; 11th 40 goal season gains sole possess of second all time breaking a tie with Dionne and Lemieux and only one behind Gretzky with 12

+50 would be just over Ovi’s career 0.6 GPG pace and enough to tie Mike Gartner for 7th all time at 708 goals; 9th 50 goal season would tie Gretzky and Bossy for first all time

Lead the League in Goals — if it happens it would be the 10th time in Ovi time resulting in his 10th Richard Rocket. Ovi has sole possession of first already and would extend his lead over Bobby Hull, with 8, for most times Leading the NHL and extend his lead for most time winning the Rocket over Pavel Bure, Jarome Iginla, Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby all with two.

Interesting note: Only two players currently in the Top Ten Goal Scorers All Time did so creating the majority of their point total through goals, Mike Gartner & Brett Hull; in the Top 25 Goal Scorers the only other players in addition to Ovi are Bobby Hull and Dino Ciccarelli who created points as majority goals.

Active Players: Only Patrick Marleau (#28) is in the Top 50 All Time and reached the 500 goal milestone (551); Only four other “active” players are in the Top 100 and reached the 400 goal milestone Sidney Crosby, Ilya Kovalchuk, Eric Staal and Joe Thornton according to Quant Hockey

Goals Per Game
Currently 0.607 regular season career average

1st All Time of players with 1000+ games (ahead of Gretzky’s 0.601 career as the only other player over 0.6 with 1000 games)
4th All time of players with 500+ games behind Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Pavel Bure
6th All Time also behind Babe Dye and Cy Denneny (both born back in the 1800s and both having under 350 games each)

2nd All Time among players with 600 or more goals behind Mario Lemieux

3rd All Time among players with 500 or more goals also behind Mike Bossy

3rd All Time of players with at least 0.5 Assists Per game behind Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux

5th All Time of Players with at least 1.0 Points Per game behind Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Cy Denneny, and Pavel Bure

Lead the League in Goals Per Game — if it happens it would be the 9th time, breaking a tie with Bobby Hull for sole possession of First All Time.

Interesting Note: Most of the Top Ten in GPG All Time did so creating the majority of their point total through goals. Of the 8, Ovi joins Mike Bossy, Cy Denneny, Babe Dye, Pavel Bure, Brett Hull, Bobby Hull and Tim Kerr.

Active Players: Only Steven Stamkos is above 0.5 GPG career rate (0.527) and one of two active players in the top 25 all time along with Ilya Kovalchuk; Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both make the Top 50 and John Tavares and Vladimir Tarasenko are in the Top 100 as the only other active players over 0.4 GPG rates according to Quant Hockey

Even Strength Goals
Currently tied #14 All Time Regular Season with 407 (Jari Kurri)

+31 to reach sole possession of #10 all time with 438 passing Bobby Hull, Teemu Selanne, Luc Robitaille and Jarome Iginla; 0.387 ESGPG pace over 80 games is just slightly more career 0.375 average

Lead the League with Even Strength Goals — if it happens it would be the 5th time, good enough to tie Maurice Richard for 2nd Place All time as the NHL Regular Season Leader and passing Gordie Howe & Wayne Gretzky

Interesting Note: Ovi’s career 0.375 ESGPG rate would tie him with John Tavares’ all-situation’s goal scoring rate at #136 All Time, while is current 407 ESG would tie Marian Gaborik’s career all situations total at #92

Active Players: Only Patrick Marleau is with Ovi in the Top 30 All Time and only those two and Crosby (#58) have reached the 300 ESG milestone. The only other active players in the Top 100 are Ilya Kovalchuk and Eric Staal. For perspective Staal’s career ESG total is only 66.5% of Ovi according to Quant Hockey

Power Play Goals
Currently tied #4 All Time Regular Season with 247 (Luc Robitaille)

+9 to reach sole possession of #3 all time with 256 passing Teemu Selanne; 0.112 PPGPG pace should be fairly easy to achieve
+18 to tie Brett Hull for #2 all time with 265; 0.225 PPGPG pace is in line with his 0.227 PPGPG average

Lead the League for Power Play Goals — if it happens it would be the 7th time, extending his lead for the All Time title over Phil Esposito’s 5 times

Interesting Note: Ovi’s career 0.225 PPGPG rate would tie him with Phil Housley, Doug Weight, Don Marshall and Alexandre Burrows all-situation’s goal scoring rate at #436 All Time while his current 247 PPG would tie Brian Leetch, Yanic Perreault, Craig Simpson and Cy Denneny’s career all situations total at #310 according to Quant Hockey.

Active Players: Only Patrick Marleau (#32) is with Ovi in the Top 50 while Steven Stamkos, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thornton, Thomas Vanek, Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal. For perspective, Staal’s PPG career total is only 51.4% of Ovi’s.

Game Winning Goals
Currently #7 with 107 All Time Regular Season (ROW only, no shoot out)

+4 to reach sole possession of #4 all time with 111 passing Brendan Shanahan, Teemu Selanne, Brett Hull; 0.05 GWGPG pace should be achievable considering his 7.6 game winning goals per season or 0.099 GWGPG career average despite how uneven the stat really is

Lead the League for Game Winning Goals — if it happens it would be the 4th time, good enough to tie Babe Dye, Gordie Howe and Guy Lafleur for 2nd Place All time as the NHL Regular Season Leader and passing Phil Esposito, Brett Hull, Cy Denneny, Bernie Geoffrion, and Dickie Moore.

Interesting Note: Ovi goals win more games than a lot of guys score in general — his current 107 GWG would place him just outside of the Top-1000 all situations All Time goal scoring list but not far behind fellow Caps Eric Fehr and John Druce’s career all-situations totals, and only a few goals behind the current all situations totals of Mats Zuccarello, Tomas Hertl, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Artemi Panarin and fellow current Capital Lars Eller according to Quant Hockey.

Active Players: Only Patrick Marleau joins Ovi in the Top Ten and having reached the 100 GWG milestone. Only other active player in the Top 50 is Jeff Carter, however in the Top 100 are Zach Parise, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal, Phil Kessel, Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Ilya Kovalchuk, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby. For perspective, Crosby’s GWG career total is only 61.6% of Ovi’s.

Shoot out Goals according to the NHL records site
Currently tied #14 All Time Goals with 33 (Corey Perry) and tied #14 All Time in Game Deciding with 13 (Rick Nash, Erik Christensen, Jussi Jokinen)

+7 for a place in the All Time Top Ten Shoot Out Goals reaching the 40 goal milestone while tying Pavel Datsyuk
+2 for sole possession of #10 SOGDG All Time with 15 passing Kris Letang, Brad Richards, Corey Perry, Radim Vrbata

Multi-goal Games
Currently #8 All Time Regular Season with 132

+11 to tie Phil Esposito for #5 All Time with 144 games, passing Mike Gartner and Marcel Dionne; Ovi has 9.4 career Multi-goal games per season or 0.122 MGGPG career average so this would be a little bit of luck as a needed 0.137 per game pace over 80 games

Interesting note: Ovi’s 132 games with multiple goals is equal to the career 132 all situations total goals scored by Bob Murray, Tony Hrkac, Patrick Eaves, Flash Hollett, Ernie Hicke and David Pastrnak which would be good enough for a tie at #840 all time all situations scoring. Knowing these are multi-goal games the minimum number of goals it represents is 264 or the same number that Nicklas Lidström, Ryan Walter, Tom Steen and Kent Nilsson scored in their careers in all situations, good enough for at tie at #263 on the All Time list.

Hat Tricks
Currently tied #10 All Time Regular Season with 23 (Jari Kurri)

+3 to tie Maurice Richard for #8 All Time with 26 passing Cy Denneny; Ovi has a career a career 1.64 Hat Tricks per season or 0.212 HTPG career average so this would be a little bit of luck as a needed 0.375 per game pace over 80 games

Goals For on Ice
Currently #53 All Time Regular Season with 1726 goals scored while on the ice

+19 to reach the Top 50 with 1745 tying Sergei Gonchar and passing Rod Brind’Amour and Sergei Zubov. A very achievable 0.237 GFOIPG pace over 80 games

+74 to reach the 1800 milestone and sole possession of #44 All Time passing Jarome Iginla, Mathieu Schneider, Dino Ciccarelli, Pierre Turgeon as well as Patrick Marleau and Zdeno Chara who are also challenging for 1800; A likely achievable 0.925 GFOIPG pace over 80 games

+132 to reach sole possession of #40 with 1858 passing Gilbert Perreault, Doug Wilson, Mats Sundin and Rob Blake; A 1.65 GFOIPG pace which is slightly higher than the 1.59 career pace.

Lead the League in Goals For on Ice — if it happens it would be the 4th time, giving him sole possession of Third All Time passing Brian Leetch and Jaromir Jagr

Active Players: Ovi is 4th among active players behind Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Zdeno Chara, all of whom are the only active players along with Ovi to pass the 1700 milestone. The only other player in the Top-100 and reach the 1500 milestone is Sidney Crosby.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Currently #4 All Time Regular Season with 5234

+130 to reach sole possession of #3 All Time passing Marcel Dionne; An achievable 1.625 SOGPG pace over 80 games.

+266 to reach the 5500 shot milestone; Also an achievable 3.315 SOGPG pace over 80 games.

+300 for a 13th 300 shot season breaking a tie with Bobby Hull for sole possession of #1 all time seasons of at least 300 SOG; Also an achievable 2.75 SOGPG pace over 80 games. The only season Ovi didn’t reach 300 was the lockout shortened one with 220.

+386 to reach 5620 SOG over 80 games is Ovi’s career 4.828 SOGPG, or only 18 shots shy of passing Jagr for sole possession of 2nd place all time

Lead the League for Shots on Goal — if it happens it would be the 12th time, extending his lead for the All Time title over Bobby Hull’s 7 times.

Some other interesting notes: One of only Two 500 shot seasons is owned by Ovi (Phil Esposito has the other).

Three out of the fourteen 400 shot seasons are Ovi (Esposito has four, Bobby Hull has two, everyone else achieved it only once).
No player other than Ovechkin has reached the 400 SOG milestone since the lockout. The most recent players were Paul Kariya with 429 in 1998-99 and before that was Jaromir Jagr with 403 in 1995-96.

Ten out of the 71 350 shot seasons are Ovi (next closest is Bobby Hull with 7, Esposito with 6, and 5 each for Brett Hull & Bobby Orr).
Only six other players: Eric Staal with 372 in 2008-09; Jaromir Jagr with 368 in 2005-06; Nathan MacKinnon with 365 in 2018-19, Zach Parise with 364 in 2008-09; Henrik Zetterberg with 358 in 2007-08 and Brent Burns with 353 in 2015-16 have reached 350 shots in as single season since the lockout other than Ovi.

Considering only even-strength shots on goal, his career total 3013 would rank between #87 Brian Propp with 3119 and #88 Glenn Anderson 3109. If you remove Ovi’s 407 ESG you’re left with 2,606 shots taken that didn’t find the twine (but perhaps, someone else put in) and that total would be good for #156 Chris Pronger with 2,610 and #157 Rick MacLeish with 2,605.

Considering only power-play shots on goal, his career total 1409 would rank just outside of the top 500 all time all situation shots.

Consider if Ovi’s career Shots on Goal was always his lowest single season, 220 from the lockout shortened season, in 14 seasons that would still produce 3,080 shots, or a spot between #94 Geoff Courtnall with 3,087 and #95 Gilbert Perreault with 3,077.

Active Players: Patrick Marleau is the only other active player to reach the 4,000 shot milestone and break the Top 20 All time.

Eric Staal is the only other active player in the Top 50 and is joined in the Top 100 by Phil Kessel, Jeff Carter, Zdeno Chara, Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron as the only active players to reach the 3,000 shot milestone.

Shooting Percentage
Currently 12.6% all-situations shooting or good enough for a spot tied in the top 500 all time.

Interesting Note: Of the 21 players that reached the 600 goal milestone, making up the All Time goals scored Top 20, Ovi is ranked 19th ahead of Gordie Howe’s 10.1 but only a tick behind Brendan Shannahan’s 12.8 and Jarome Igilna’s 13.1. Of the 21 players that reached the 4,000 shot milestone, making up the Top 20 All time, Ovi is ranked 16th ahead of Ray Borque and Al McGinnis’ 6.6, Coffey’s 9, Marion Hossa’s 12.4 and again just a tick behind Shannahan, Igilna and Mike Modano.

And, that’s just the 55.5% of shot attempts Ovi takes that get through to the net

POINTS
Currently #45 All Time Regular Season with 1211

+19 for sole possession of current 30th place all time with 1230 passing Jean Beliveau, Larry Murphy and Jeremy Roenick, depending on the pace in which Sidney Crosby gains points as the only active player also seeking the top 40; 0.2375 PPG pace should be fairly easy to achieve

+89 to reach the 1300 points milestone tying Jarome Iginla for #34th all time passing Alex Delvecchio, Al MacInnis, Jean Ratelle, Peter Stastny and Phil Housley: 1.1125 PPG pace over 80 games which is in line with his career 1.117 average.

Lead the League in Points – if it happens it would be the 4th time leading, tying him with Bill Cowley and Stan Mikita for sixth all time, passing Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur

Interesting Note: Ovi is one of only 4 in Top 50 All Time Points Producers creating the majority of their point total through goals, ahead of Dino Ciccarelli, and behind Mike Gartner and Brett Hull in total Points. Ovi one of only 18 Players in the Top 50 to have reached the 600 goal milestone, and one of 32 players in the Top 50 Points reached the 500 goal milestone. Ovi currently has the lowest assists total in the Top 50 but is poised to challenge Dino Ciccarelli this season for 49th and challenge Mike Gartner for 48th next season based on Ovi’s career rate according to Quant Hockey.

Active Players: Only Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton are above Ovi among active players in the Top 50 and having reached the 1200 point milestone while ahead of Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Staal in the Top 100. Stall is the only one who has not reached the 1000 Point milestone and for perspective is 79% of Ovi’s Points.

Points Per Game Average
Currently 1.17 Points per game career NHL regular season average, #21 All time

4th All time among players with at least 0.6 Goals Per Game career Average, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy
6th All time among players with at least 0.5 Goals Per Game career Average, also behind Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Pat Lafontaine

11th All time among players with at least 1,000 Games Played behind Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Joe Sakic, Dale Hawerchuk, Steve Yzerman, Bernie Federko, Denis Savard and Jari Kurri

Interesting Note: Ovi is joined by Mike Bossy and Pavel Bure as the only other players in the top 25 to have achieved the majority of their PPG total coming from GPG. Bobby Hull, Brett Hull, Tim Kerr, Steven Stamkos and Rick Martin are the only ones of the 55 career point-per-game players to gain the majority of their PPG total through GPG according to Quant Hockey

Active Players: Only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are higher active PPG players so far in their careers. Other active players qualifying for 1.000 points per game in Quant hockey are Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos. Fellow Capital Nicklas Backstrom along with Ilya Kovalchuk, Joe Thornton, John Tavares, Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux are just off the pace and round out the only other active players in the all time top-100.

Multi-point games
Currently #34 All Time Regular Season with 343 games

+16 to reach the Top 30 All Time with 359 games, passing Mike Modano, Peter Stastny, Gilbert Perreault and Jean Ratelle; 0.2 MPGPG pace

+24 to reach 383 games; Ovi has a career 24.5 Multi-point games per season or a 0.319 MPGPG career average so this is conceivable

Interesting note: Ovi’s 343 games with multiple goals is equal to the career 343 all situations total points produced by Greg Polis, Nick Mickoski, Trent Klatt, Brian Skrudland, Mattias Öhlund, Doug Lidster and Sean Couturier which would be good enough for a tie at #834 all time all situations points. Knowing these are multi-point games the minimum number of points it represents is 686 or the same number that Kent Nilsson produced in his career and good enough for at tie at #251 on the All Time list.

ASSISTS
Currently tied 116th Al Time Regular Season Assists with 553 (Mike Bossy, Thomas Steen)

+26 to reach the current Top 100, tying Brian Propp at 579 while passing Saku Koivu, Scott Gomez, Steve Lamar, Frank Mahovlich, Shane Doan, Scott Niedermayer, Mike Ribeiro, Cliff Ronning, Craig Janney, Joe Nieuwendyk, Joe Mullen, Bobby Hull and Alexander Mogilny, along with Anze Kopitar and Eric Staal; 0.325 APG pace over 80 games.

+40 would be Ovi’s career 0.5 APG pace, enough to reach 593 at the current 91st all time spot also passing Alex Tanguay, Paul Kariya, Dave Keon, Doug Wilson, Sergei Gonchar, Dino Ciccarelli, along with Jason Spezza and Patrick Kane.

Interesting Notes: Of players 145 players with at least 500 Assists, as you’d expect, all 20 600 goal scorers are covered, including Ovi.

Only 22 other players were at least 500-500 guys, including Ron Francis, Mark Recchi, Stan Mikita, Bryan Trottier, Dale Hawerchuk, Gilbert Perreault, Johnny Bucyk, Mike Modano, Pierre Turgeon, Guy Lafleur, Mats Sundin, Jean Beliveau, Jeremy Roenick, Marian Hossa, Michel Goulet, Frank Mahovlich, Joe Nieuwendyk, Joe Mullen, Mike Bossy, Pat Verbeek, Keith Tkachuk, Lanny McDonald and Patrick Marleau who is the only other active player besides Ovi to pass that milestone.

533 assists is equal to the career point total of Don Luce who ranks 399th all time. Luce’s 0.619 PPG rate is only 17.7% better than Ovi’s career APG.

It is also equal to the career goal output of Patrick Marleau who ranks 28th all time. And, Ovi’s career APG rate is 16.9% better than Marleau’s goal scoring.

Assists Per Game Average
Currently 0.510 regular season career average, 150th All Time

4th all time among players with at least 0.6 Goals Per Game career average behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy
9th all time among players with at least 0.5 Goals Per Game career average also behind Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Pat Lafontaine, Bobby Hull

50th all time among players with at least a 1.00 Points Per Game average

80th all time among players with at least 1,000 Games Played

Interesting note: Ovi’s APG rate would tie Bob Murray, Ed Westfall and Doug Mohns’ career PPG rates at #451 all time. Ovi’s assist total is higher than Murray’s 514, in potentially reachable distance of Westfalls 625, but below Mohn’s 710 total career points.

Ovi’s APG rate would also be just shy of Steven Stamkos’ .527 GPG rate, at 19th all time, and above Michel Goulet and Rick Vaive’s .503 at 18th in GPG rate.

Multi-assist Games
Currently tied #116 All Time Regular Season with 104 games (Frank Mahovlich, Wayne Cashman, Paul Reinhart)

+8 to tie Scott Gomez for #100 All Time with 112 games, passing Marc Savard, Henrik Zetterberg, Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton, Joe Mullen, Paul Kariya, Steve Larmer, Dave Babych, Scott Niedermayer, Sergei Gonchar, Mike Ribeiro, Daniel Sedin, John Tonelli, Cliff Ronning, and depending on the pace of Patrick Kane as the only other active players challenging for the Top 100; Ovi has a career 7.4 multi-assist games per season or 0.096 MAGPG career average so this seems doable as a needed 0.1 per game pace over 80 games

HITS according to the NHL records site
Currently #4 All Time Regular Season for years credited with 2846

+101 to reach sole possession of #3 passing Brooks Orpik

GAMES PLAYED
Currently tied #209 All Time Regular Season with 1084 (Theoren Fleury, Dave Lowry)

+8 to reach the top 200 All Time with 1092 tying Chris Gratton and passing Daymond Langkow, Michel Goulet, Robyn Regehr, Alex Tanguay, Carol Vadnais, Brad Marsh, Alexei Zhitnik and depending on what Dan Hamhuis plays as the only active player pushing for the top 200 early in the season.

+16 to reach the 1100 game milestone for 191st all time passing Mike Ricci, Neal Broten, Jay Wells, Gordie Roberts, Tom Fitzgerald, Darryl Sittler, Ron Sutter, Dan Boyle and Craig MacTavish

+41 (half the season) to tie Jean Beliveau at #165 with 1125 games played passing Saku Koivu, Markus Naslund, Don Sweeney, Steve Duchesne, Doug Harvey, Brad Park, Brent Sutter, Dave Taylor, Lanny McDonald, Andrew Brunette, Calle Johansson, Jamie Langenbrunner, Vinny Prospal, Kimmo Timonen, Hal Gill, Adrian Aucoin, Jason Chimera, Butch Goring, Derek Morris, Garry Unger, Mike Fisher, Geoff Sanderson, Dave Manson and Pit Martin

+59 to reach the top 150 all time with 1143 tying Eric Desjardins and passing Cliff Ronning, David Legwand, Stu Barnes, Bryan McCabe, Martin St. Louis, Dave Ellett, Glenn Anderson, Ed Jovanovski, Jamie Macoun, Bob Nevin, Murray Oliver, Bernie Nicholls, Guy Lafleur and Brad Richards

+80 (an “average” Ovi season) to reach sole possession #134 all time with 1164 games played passing Mike Keane, Bob Gainey, Todd Bertuzzi, Kevin Hatcher, Eric Weinrich, Kris Draper, Shayne Corson, Adam Foote, Rob Niedermayer, Adam Graves, Leo Boivin, Garry Galley, Borje Salming, Gary Suter, Bobby Clarke and Rick Tocchet

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