Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin became the fourth-fastest in NHL history to score 600 career goals, doing so in 990 games — trailing only Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky. Ovechkin still has a long way to go to catch “The Great One” and his all-time record of 894 career goals. But Ovechkin is only 32 years old and has proven incredibly durable.
During the time it took him to score 600 goals, the 6’3”, 235-pound Russian played in 990-of-1,019 possible games while scoring 0.61 goals per game. Ovechkin would need to maintain that pace for roughly six more full seasons, while avoiding injury or NHL work stoppage. Even with a decline in play, if he decides to do his best Jaromir Jagr impression — longevity-wise, not mullet hairstyle — and play at a high level into his 40s, Ovechkin could break a record once thought to be untouchable. Father Time remains undefeated, but Jagr scored 27 goals at age 43. Ovechkin certainly has a shot.