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Jagr scores goal 695, passing Messier for seventh all-time

Jan 14, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

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It seems like Jaromir Jagr is moving up in the all-time scoring ranks every week or so.

That might be an exaggeration, but he achieved another impressive milestone by scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, as the 41-year-old winger notched the 695th tally of his career. With that, he now ranks seventh all-time in goal-scoring ahead of Mark Messier.

It took the New Jersey Devils forward a while to break his tie with Messier, as Jagr broke a 10-game goal-scoring drought tonight.

That’s not to say that Jagr hasn’t been producing, however, as he took sole possession at 7th all-time in overall points on Jan. 11.

So, at worst, No. 68 will be seventh all-time in those two major categories thanks to what he’s accomplished this past week. Naturally, the question is: how much higher can he climb? Here are the goal-scorers in front of him:

1. Wayne Gretzky – 894 goals
2. Gordie Howe – 801
3. Brett Hull – 741
4. Marcel Dionne – 731
5. Phil Esposito – 717
6. Mike Gartner – 708
7. Jagr – 695

Gretzky here he comes?

  1. muttbolts91 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    You mean 10 game goal scoring drought?

    • James O'Brien - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Yes, thanks for pointing that out.

  2. lowenni - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s sitting behind only Howe and Gretzky by the time he retires. Guy’s amazing, he’s thriving once again with the ice time he’s getting.

  3. penguins87and71 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    The thing that’s going to hurt Jagr is the three years he spent in the KHL. If he played in the NHL his whole career I think he might have been able to catch or even surpass Gretzky.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      No way. I have as much respect for Jagr as anyone, but no chance he could have caught Gretzky. He’s still 200 goals behind Gretzky.

      The year before Jagr went the the KHL, he scored 25 goals (in 82 games), and the year before that, 30 goals (also in 82 games). Even if you assume he would have scored 30 goals in each of those 3 lost seasons, which is a stretch b/c he only had 16 last year and 19 the year he returned to the NHL, he still would be 110 goals behind Gretzky at this point. 110 goals for a 41 year old is no easy feat…he’d have to be playing at a high level for another 5 years or so.

      It’s amazingly impressive that Jagr can still produce 0.75 ppg as a 40 year old. But you need to re-look up the ridiculosness of the Great One’s stats. Nobody in history has come or will even come close (besides arguably Mario).

      • downwithbettman - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Mike Bossy scored 573 goals in 752 games. Wayne Gretzky scored 894 goals in 1,487 games. That means Bossy scored in 76% of his games played. Gretzky scored in 60% of his games. If Bossy had played the same amount of games as Gretzky, he would have scored 1,133 goals. He was only 30 when he retired as well.

      • borderline1988 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Nice try, but Bossy could not have kept up that goal scoring rate into his late 30s. In fact, in his last season he ‘only’ had 38 goals.

        Put another way, over Gretzky’s first 10 seasons which approximates the number of games Bossy played in his career (752), Wayne Gretzky had 637 goals in 774 games, which amounts to 0.82 goals/game. Over his first 8 seasons, it was even higher, at 0.86 goals/game (think about that…that’s insane!!).

        I admit that Bossy is closer than I initially thought, but no cigar!

      • borderline1988 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Also, Bossy’s best goal-scoring season was 69 goals. Gretzky topped 70 goals in a season no less than 4 times; whcih included totals of 92, 71, 87 and 72 goal seasons.

        Gretzky at his best (in the mid-1980s) was unparalleled by anyone, both in a goal-scoring and assist perspective. The only other player to have a goal-scoring season above 80 was Brett Hull, who coincedentally only managed to do it playing on Gretzky’s line..

    • 950003cups - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Let’s be nice guys. Let’s add in Jagr’s goals he scored in those 3 years in the KHL, an inferior league by every standard. Add the 66 goals he scored in those 3 years. That’s 761. So in the next few years Jagr would need the small adition of just 134 goals to beat Wayne Gretzky. That’s 14 goals per year if he plays until he’s 50. Not too much to ask, right?

  4. hardkor07mn - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    ^^^^^^ couldn’t agree more

  5. ironmd778 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    He’ll probably settle into the 6th spot when all is said and done.

  6. 19inarow - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Bravo Mr. Jagr! Representing European players. Keep going.

  7. slysipops - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    i don’t know why , but i don’t really care for this guy BUT, he really deserves respect for being able to play at this level of hockey at 41 years old. i heard him say once in an interview long ago, that his father had him preparing to be a professional hockey player in his youth, by doing 1000 squats or knee bends per day ! can you imagine doing that! that was a time before i-pads and not much tv in his country but still……………… yikes !

  8. hightopandrocket - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Go Jagr Go!!!

  9. wisdomnfl - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I knew Wayne Gretzky as a young man and a player. Believe me, Jagr is no Wayne Gretzky.

  10. zinger99 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Jagr’s stats may have been even better had he not quit when he played for Washington.

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