Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Goal Scoring Statistics of Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin

David F. Baucom is a retired United States Navy rear admiral and recipient of masters degrees in national resource strategy, and acquisition and contract management. Currently residing in the Washington, D.C., metro area (where he has spent most of his 35-year career) David Baucom has become a passionate fan of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Washington Capitals.

The Capitals have made the playoffs in nine of the past ten seasons. A major reason why is the performance of Alexander Ovechkin, the franchise's all-time leader in goals and points. The first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year in 2005-06 after scoring 52 goals and adding 54 assists in 81 games. Two seasons later, Ovechkin scored a career-high 65 goals and led the league with 112 points. He won his first of six Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's top goal scorer that season and first of three Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player.

An eleven-time All-Star, Ovechkin has 558 goals and 447 assists in 921 career games. The thirty-one-year-old is already third among active players in goals scored, behind only Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla and is twenty-sixth in league history, just two goals behind Guy Lafleur. He ranks sixth of all time in goals per game, ahead of Wayne Gretzky, and has played more games than all five players above him.

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