Alexander Ovechkin is good.
But is he the best? Specifically, is he the best goal-scorer in NHL history? That’s the debate that’s been percolating for years now and has fired up again thanks to Ovechkin’s recent record-breaking hot streak. He doesn’t have the most goals in NHL history, although he might by the time he’s done. But even now, when you take era and historical scoring rates into consideration, a strong case can be made that he is already the best we’ve ever seen.
Then again, he’s not the only one. So while everyone is weighing the pros and cons of Ovechkin’s claim to the throne, let’s look back on a dozen other names that are at least in the conversation.