- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

COMPARABLE SNIPERS

Through the age of 24, Alex Ovechkin’s 219 goals stack up favorably against some of the game’s greatest snipers. How he compares not only with those forwards but with the greatest goal-scorer of all time:

JAROMIR JAGR

219 goals

Jagr grew up with Mario Lemieux, but becoming the face of the franchise didn’t always mesh well with his personality. His 219 goals at the age of 24 match Ovechkin’s - but he’s not the guy Capitals fans want Ovechkin’s career to emulate.

Career total: 646 goals

LUC ROBITAILLE

196 goals

Lucky Luc set the record for most goals by a left wing (which Ovechkin broke two seasons ago) during the Los Angeles Kings’ 1992-93 season. That was the only time he topped 45 goals after his 24th birthday, but he did top 30 four straight years in his 30s.

Career total: 668 goals

PAVEL BURE

174 goals

He didn’t start in the NHL until he was 20 but posted back-to-back 60-goal campaigns in his early 20s. Knee injuries derailed the Russian Rocket; he retired at 31 but not before a two-year resurgence in which he potted 58 and 59 goals.

Career total: 437 goals

BRETT HULL

33 goals

Hull didn’t become an NHL regular until he turned 23 but had a five-year run of 72, 86, 70, 54 and 57 and would have had a chance at 50 in the 1994-95 lockout-shortened year. After that though, Hull never topped 43 in his 30s.

Career total: 741 goals

WAYNE GRETZKY

356 goals

The Great One played in the most offensive era in NHL history, but his career path is still relevant. As historically ridiculous as he was in the early 1980s, he topped 50 only twice after turning 25 and didn’t do it after his age-28 season.

Career total: 894 goals

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