So... Alexander Ovechkin got his 1,000th career NHL point against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
And seriously, congrats to him for that. That’s quite an accomplishment, and he’s been an incredible player to watch through his career, even if it’s for a rival team.
There are currently six players in the NHL who have 1,000 career points. Ovechkin joined Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Marleau in that club.
Sidney Crosby probably won’t be up next - Henrik Sedin is currently sitting at 996 points - but he’ll be soon.
Crosby has 983 points in 741 games. He will, in all likelihood, barring anything awful happening, knock on wood, reach the 1,000 point mark later this season. If he keeps scoring at his current pace, he could hit it within the next 13 games or so, which would have it coming against... the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s not quite as poetic, is it? But what matters is that it should, in all likelihood, actually happen.
It probably would have happened by now had concussions not impacted his career; alas, injuries are a part of the game - which is part of what makes hitting the feat of 1,000 points so remarkable.
Out of all of the guys currently with 1,000 points, or almost there, Crosby has the best points per game of them all: 1.327. Ovechkin has been good! But he’s at 1.138. Even Jagr is at 1.132.
Crosby is actually fifth all time in NHL points per game leaders, behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, and Bobby Orr. Orr’s the only player on that list who failed to reach 1,000 points. And all of those guys played in a much different era than the one Crosby does.
The next active points per game leader? Evgeni Malkin, with 1.175: though he’s a bit further off from 1,000 points himself, with 804. It’ll take a few more seasons yet for him to get there, but he should - again, knocking on all of the wood.
I guess what I’m getting at here? Scoring 1,000 points in the NHL is a phenomenal achievement. Every single player who’s done it, especially in today’s era, is incredibly special.
But damn... Crosby really is just on another level.
Here’s to his 1,000th being a beaut when it comes.