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RANKING THE 50 NHL 500+ GOAL-SCORERS BASED ON THEIR SKILLS AND TALENT - An Idea For A Future Collector's Edition of The Hockey News Magazine

 

The Hockey News Magazine really needs to do a special collector's edition dedicated to the National Hockey League's 500+ goals club members, once its membership reaches an even 50. Also, Alex Ovechkin will have to surpass Wayne Gretzky in goals before this issue can be published. The hockey experts at the Hockey News Magazine will rank the players based on their skills and talent, and not the number of goals they scored, and let's see how much different the list will look. How would you rank them? Who do you think is the worst member of the NHL 500+ goals club? The back pages of this Hockey News Magazine Collector's Edition should also include a small tribute and ranking of the 500+ goal-scorers from the AHL, BHL, CHL, and IHL. There are only 12 players combined.

 

Steven Stamkos just became the 47th member on the NHL 500+ goals club. Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Kane will become the 48th and 49th members of the NHL 500+ goals club. After that, it is unknown who will become the 50th member of the NHL 500+ goals club. We will be waiting another 5 to 6 seasons to find out, if Eric Staal does not grab that # 50 spot. Eric Staal should be signed and get to play for two or three more seasons after this one, to make up for what he lost. This is Eric Staal's 18th NHL season. It would have been his 20th if it had not been for the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout, and him not being signed by any NHL team for the 2021-2022 season. He also played in three shortened seasons - the 2012-2013 lockout, and 2-COVID seasons - 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Eric Staal would have had 500 NHL goals by now.

 

The hockey world needs a Hockey New Magazine Collector's Edition dedicated to the NHL 500+ goals club. Plus a special tribute to the 500 clubs of the AHL, BHL, CHL, and IHL. No one else is allowed to enter!

 

I have already tweeted and emailed this topic to the editors of the Hockey News Magazine.

 

THE NHL 500+ GOALS CLUB

 

01. 894 – Wayne Gretzky

02. 810 – Alex Ovechkin

03. 801 – Gordie Howe

04. 766 – Jaromir Jagr

05. 741 – Brett Hull

06. 731 – Marcel Dionne

07. 717 – Phil Esposito

08. 708 – Mike Gartner

09. 694 – Mark Messier

10. 692 – Steve Yzerman

11. 690 – Mario Lemieux

12. 684 – Teemu Selanne

13. 668 – Luc Robitaille

14. 656 – Brendan Shanahan

15. 640 – Dave Andreychuk

16. 625 –  Joe Sakic

17. 625 – Jarome Iginla

18. 610 – Bobby Hull

19. 608 – Dino Ciccarelli

20. 601 – Jari Kurri

21. 577 – Mark Recchi

22. 573 – Mike Bossy

23. 566 – Patrick Marleau

24. 564 – Mats Sundin

25. 564 – Joe Nieuwendyk

26. 561 – Mike Modano

27. 560 – Guy Lafleur

28. 556 – Johnny Bucyk

29. 549 – Ron Francis

30. 548 – Michel Goulet

31. 544 – Maurice Richard

32. 541 – Stan Mikita

33. 538 – Sidney Crosby

34. 538 – Keith Tkachuk

35. 533 – Frank Mahovlich

36. 525 – Marian Hossa

37. 524 – Bryan Trottier

38. 522 – Pat Verbeek

39. 518 – Dale Hawerchuk

40. 515 – Pierre Turgeon

41. 513 – Jeremy Roenick

42. 512 – Gilbert Perreault

43. 507 – Jean Beliveau

44. 503 – Peter Bondra

45. 502 – Joe Mullen

46. 502 – Steven Stamkos

47. 500 – Lanny McDonald

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NON-NHL 500+ GOALS CLUB MEMBERS

 

01. BHL – 921 – Tony Hand

02. BHL – 635 – Rick Brebant

03. CHL – 565 – Joe Burton

04. IHL – 547 – Dave Michayluk

05. IHL – 532 – Scott Gruhl

06. BHL – 529 – Rick Fera

07. BHL – 527 – Hilton Ruggles

08. IHL – 526 – Joe Kastelic

09. AHL – 523 – Willie Marshall

10. BHL – 521 – Paul Adey

11. AHL – 520 – Fred Glover

12. AHL – 504 – Jody Gage

 

THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (1936-Present)

THE INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (1945-2001)

THE BRITISH HOCKEY LEAGUE (1980-1996)

THE CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (1992-2014)

 

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When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to witness a classic era, just as expansion had occurred, with such legends as Hull, Esposito, and Beliveau still playing well.  Gordie Howe didn’t register as much with me by then, so I don’t know if he should be top five.

 

1 - Gretzky

2- Lemieux

3 - Esposito

4 - Bossy

5 - Trottier or Messier

Honorable Mention: Howe, Beliveau, Hull (Bobby)

 

Ovechkin considerably down the list per sketchy +/- and playoff performance overall.  (Despite most acrobatic goal in history and likelihood to break Gretzky record.)

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Do you think any of the players below Patrick Kane are actually going to score 500 goals before retiring?

 

ACTIVE NHL LEADERS IN GOALS

01. 810 - Alex Ovechkin - 18th season - Should have been 19
02. 538 - Sidney Crosby - 18th season
03. 499 - Steven Stamkos - 15th season
04. 458 - Evgeni Malkin - 17th season

05. 448 - Eric Staal - 18th season - Should have been 20

06. 438 - Patrick Kane - 16th season

07. 435 - Joe Pavelski - 17th season

08. 430 - Joe Thornton
09. 425 - Jeff Carter - 18th season
10. 420 - Zach Parise - 18th season

11. 416 - Patrice Bergeron - 19th season - Should have been 20

12. 411 - Corey Perry - 18th season

13. 411 - John Tavares - 14th season

14. 406 - Phil Kessel - 17th season

15. 377 - Anze Kopitar - 17 seasons
16. 369 - Jonathan Toews - 15th season
17. 364 - Brad Marchand - 14th season

18. 345 - Jamie Benn - 14th season

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7 minutes ago, NHL HHOF said:

Do you think any of the players below Patrick Kane are actually going to score 500 goals before retiring?

I don't think I do.   Outside chance of John Tavares, but I'd bet against.

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ACTIVE NHL LEADERS IN GOALS

01. 810 - Alex Ovechkin - 18th season - Should have been 19
02. 538 - Sidney Crosby - 18th season
03. 502 - Steven Stamkos - 15th season
04. 460 - Evgeni Malkin - 17th season

05. 448 - Eric Staal - 18th season - Should have been 20

06. 438 - Patrick Kane - 16th season

07. 435 - Joe Pavelski - 17th season

08. 430 - Joe Thornton
09. 425 - Jeff Carter - 18th season
10. 421 - Zach Parise - 18th season

11. 416 - Patrice Bergeron - 19th season - Should have been 20

12. 411 - Corey Perry - 18th season

13. 411 - John Tavares - 14th season

14. 406 - Phil Kessel - 17th season

15. 377 - Anze Kopitar - 17th seasons
16. 369 - Jonathan Toews - 15th season
17. 366 - Brad Marchand - 14th season

18. 346 - Jamie Benn - 14th season

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THE NUMBER OF 500+ GOAL-SCORERS
WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR EACH NHL FRANCHISE


01. 11 - Detroit Red Wings
02. 11 - New York Rangers
03. 11 - Pittsburgh Penguins
04. 8 - Toronto Maple Leafs
05. 7 - Chicago Black Hawks / Chicago Blackhawks
06. 7 - St. Louis Blues
07. 6 - Boston Bruins
08. 6 - Montreal Canadiens
09. 6 - Calgary Flames
10. 6 - Colorado Avalanche
11. 6 - Dallas Stars
12. 6 - Los Angeles Kings
13. 5 - Hartford Whalers
14. 5 - New Jersey Devils
15. 5 - Washington Capitals
16. 4 - Atlanta Thrashers
17. 4 - Buffalo Sabres
18. 4 - Chicago Blackhawks
19. 4 - Philadelphia Flyers
20. 4 - Phoenix Coyotes
21. 4 - Quebec Nordiques
22. 4 - Tampa Bay Lightning
23. 4 - Winnipeg Jets
24. 3 - Chicago Black Hawks
25. 3 - Edmonton Oilers
26. 3 - Florida Panthers
27. 3 - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim / Anaheim Ducks
28. 3 - Minnesota North Stars
29. 3 - New York Islanders
30. 3 - San Jose Sharks
31. 2 - Carolina Hurricanes
32. 2 - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
33. 2 - Ottawa Senators
34. 2 - Vancouver Canucks
35. 1 - Anaheim Ducks
36. 1 - Colorado Rockies

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Here is my subjective ranking. Players with stars by their names are in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

NHL

PLAYER

GOALS SCORED

RANK IN GOALS

MY RANK FOR SKILLS/TALENT

RANK DIFFERENCE

Wayne Gretzky *

894

1

1

0

Mario Lemieux *

690

11

2

+9

Jaromir Jagr 

766

4

3

+1

Mark Messier *

694

9

4

+5

Steve Yzerman *

692

10

5

+5

Gordie Howe *

801

3

6

-3

Bobby Hull *

610

18

7

+11

Maurice Richard *

544

31

8

+23

Jean Beliveau *

507

43

9

+34

Stan Mikita *

541

32

10

+22

Phil Esposito *

717

7

11

-4

Guy Lafleur *

560

27

12

+15

Mike Bossy *

573

22

13

+9

Bryan Trottier *

524

37

14

+23

Marcel Dionne *

731

6

15

-9

Sidney Crosby

538

33

16

+17

Steven Stamkos

504

44

17

+27

Alex Ovechkin

810

2

18

-16

Mike Gartner *

708

8

19

-11

Teemu Selanne *

684

12

20

-8

Joe Sakic *

625

16

21

-5

Jari Kurri *

601

20

22

-2

Ron Francis *

549

29

23

+6

Brett Hull *

741

5

24

-19

Dale Hawerchuk *

518

39

25

+14

Jarome Iginla *

625

17

26

-9

Mike Modano *

561

26

27

-1

Brendan Shanahan *

656

14

28

-14

Luc Robitaille *

668

13

29

-16

Mats Sundin *

564

24

30

-6

Marian Hossa *

525

36

31

+5

Mark Recchi *

577

21

32

-11

Michel Goulet *

548

30

33

-3

Joe Nieuwendyk *

564

25

34

-9

Lanny McDonald *

500

47

35

+12

Joe Mullen *

502

46

36

+10

Johnny Bucyk *

556

28

37

-9

Frank Mahovlich *

533

35

38

-3

Gilbert Perreault *

512

42

39

+3

Peter Bondra

503

45

40

+5

Patrick Marleau

566

23

41

-18

Dave Andreychuk *

640

15

42

-27

Dino Ciccarelli *

608

19

43

-24

Pierre Turgeon

515

40

44

-3

Jeremy Roenick

513

41

45

-4

Keith Tkachuk

538

34

46

-12

Pat Verbeek

522

38

47

-9

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AHL, BHL, CHL, IHL, NHL 500+ GOALS CLUBS MEMBERS COMBINED

 

01. BHL - 921 – Tony Hand

02. NHL - 894 – Wayne Gretzky

03. NHL - 810 – Alex Ovechkin

04. NHL - 801 – Gordie Howe

05. NHL - 766 – Jaromir Jagr

06. NHL - 741 – Brett Hull

07. NHL - 731 – Marcel Dionne

08. NHL - 717 – Phil Esposito

09. NHL - 708 – Mike Gartner

10. NHL - 694 – Mark Messier

11. NHL - 692 – Steve Yzerman

12. NHL - 690 – Mario Lemieux

13. NHL - 684 – Teemu Selanne

14. NHL - 668 – Luc Robitaille

15. NHL - 656 – Brendan Shanahan

16. NHL - 640 – Dave Andreychuk

17. BHL - 635 – Rick Brebant

18. NHL - 625 –  Joe Sakic

19. NHL - 625 – Jarome Iginla

20. NHL - 610 – Bobby Hull

21. NHL - 608 – Dino Ciccarelli

22. NHL - 601 – Jari Kurri

23. NHL - 577 – Mark Recchi

24. NHL - 573 – Mike Bossy

25. NHL - 566 – Patrick Marleau

26. CHL - 565 – Joe Burton

27. NHL - 564 – Mats Sundin

28. NHL - 564 – Joe Nieuwendyk

29. NHL - 561 – Mike Modano

30. NHL - 560 – Guy Lafleur

31. NHL - 556 – Johnny Bucyk

32. NHL - 549 – Ron Francis

33. NHL - 548 – Michel Goulet

34. IHL - 547 – Dave Michayluk

35. NHL - 544 – Maurice Richard

36. NHL - 541 – Stan Mikita

37. NHL - 539 – Sidney Crosby

38. NHL - 538 – Keith Tkachuk

39. NHL - 533 – Frank Mahovlich

40. IHL - 532 – Scott Gruhl

41. BHL - 529 – Rick Fera

42. BHL - 527 – Hilton Ruggles

43. IHL - 526 – Joe Kastelic

44. NHL - 525 – Marian Hossa

45. NHL - 524 – Bryan Trottier

46. AHL - 523 – Willie Marshall

47. NHL - 522 – Pat Verbeek

48. BHL - 521 – Paul Adey

49. AHL - 520 – Fred Glover

50. NHL - 518 – Dale Hawerchuk

51. NHL - 515 – Pierre Turgeon

52. NHL - 513 – Jeremy Roenick

53. NHL - 512 – Gilbert Perreault

54. NHL - 507 – Jean Beliveau

55. NHL - 504 – Steven Stamkos

56. AHL - 504 – Jody Gage

57. NHL - 503 – Peter Bondra

58. NHL - 502 – Joe Mullen

59. NHL - 500 – Lanny McDonald 

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When ranking the players based on their talent and skills, you should also take into consideration how long it took them to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

THE NUMBER OF YEARS IT TOOK FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE’S

500+ GOALS CLUB TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME AFTER RETIREMENT

 

01. Wayne Gretzky – 7 months

02. Mario Lemieux – 7 months

03. Gordie Howe – 1 year

04. Maurice Richard – 1 year

05. Jean Beliveau – 1 year

06. Brett Hull – 3 years

07. Marcel Dionne – 3 years

08. Phil Esposito – 3 years

09. Mike Gartner – 3 years

10. Mark Messier – 3 years

11. Steve Yzerman – 3 years

12. Teemu Selanne – 3 years

13. Luc Robitaille – 3 years

14. Joe Sakic – 3 years

15. Jarome Iginla – 3 years

16. Bobby Hull – 3 years

17. Jari Kurri – 3 years

18. Mats Sundin – 3 years

19. Mike Modano – 3 years

20. Guy Lafleur – 3 years

21. Johnny Bucyk – 3 years

22. Ron Francis – 3 years

23. Stan Mikita – 3 years

24. Frank Mahovlich – 3 years

25. Marian Hossa – 3 years

26. Bryan Trottier – 3 years

27. Gilbert Perreault – 3 years

28. Joe Mullen – 3 years

29. Lanny McDonald – 3 years

30. Brendan Shanahan – 4 years

31. Mike Bossy – 4 years

32. Joe Nieuwendyk – 4 years

33. Michel Goulet – 4 years

34. Dale Hawerchuk – 4 years

35. Mark Recchi – 6 years

36. Dave Andreychuk – 11 years

37. Dino Ciccarelli – 11 years

 

NOT IN THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME, BUT ELIGIBLE

 

Pat Verbeek - 21 years and counting

Peter Bondra - 16 years and counting

Pierre Turgeon - 16 years and counting

Jeremy Roenick - 14 years and counting

Keith Tkachuk - 13 years and counting

 

NOT ELIGIBLE YET

 

Patrick Marleau

 

STILL PLAYING

 

Jaromir Jagr, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos

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