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Who will be next to join Ovechkin in 1,000-point club?

Alex Ovechkin won’t be the only player to reach 1,000 career points this season, as both Henrik Sedin and Sidney Crosby chase down the milestone themselves. You can expect a handful of players to be joining them in the next few seasons, too.

Alex Ovechkin won’t be the only player to reach 1,000 career points this season, as both Henrik Sedin and Sidney Crosby chase down the milestone themselves. You can expect a handful of players to be joining them in the next few seasons, too.

Alex Ovechkin didn’t make anyone wait around for him to score his 1,000th point on Wednesday night. After scoring points 997, 998 and 999 on Monday night, Ovechkin needed only 35 seconds of Wednesday’s game to pot career goal No. 546 and reach the 1,000-point plateau.

And now that Ovechkin has reached the milestone, becoming just the 84th player in league history to do so, he’s going to steadily move up the list of all-time scorers. With his 1,005th point, Ovechkin will move into 83rd all time, one ahead of Brian Propp. Two points later, he’ll surpass Lanny McDonald and a half-dozen points after that, he’ll have leapt Steve Larmer on the all-time scoring list.

Realistically, by the time the season ends, Ovechkin could rank 70th all-time in points. On pace for another 35 points, he’s set to end the campaign with 1,036 in his career, which would put him into a tie with Bobby Smith and a few points ahead of Martin St-Louis and Doug Weight, both of whom are tied for 71st all-time with 1,033.

But Ovechkin won’t be alone in working his way up the list of 1,000-point players this campaign. In fact, in just a few games, a seventh player could join the ranks of active players with 1,000-plus points and by the time the season is through, there’s a chance for at least three players to join Ovechkin in the 1,000-point club.

Here are the players currently hunting down 1,000 points:

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks — 996 points

Most would have expected Ovechkin’s longtime rival Sidney Crosby to be the next to reach the plateau, but that would mean forgetting that the Sedins haven’t reached the mark yet despite being two of the greatest offensive players of their generation. Sedin should be the next player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, though the four points will be harder for him to come by than they have been in recent years.

Sedin’s current points rate of .60 is the worst mark since his fifth campaign in the league, but he’s one big game away from celebrating a major career mark. He might be getting to the tail end of his career, but he’s still more than capable of having a big game.

He’s on pace to reach the milestone by the time the all-star break rolls around, and his current scoring pace would actually have him reaching the mark by or during the Canucks’ Jan. 26 meeting with the Arizona Coyotes.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins — 983 points

Technically, Crosby will have reached the 1,000-point mark well after Ovechkin, but Crosby will have gotten his 1,000th point in far fewer games than his Washington Capitals nemesis. Ovechkin’s milestone point came in the 880th game of his career, but Crosby’s current scoring pace paired with him being 17 points shy of the mark puts him roughly 13 games back of reaching 1,000 points. Another dozen or so games to reach the mark would put Crosby at slightly more than 750 for his career, meaning he will have taken the equivalent of nearly a season and a half less than Ovechkin to reach 1,000 points. They’ve reached the mark in much different fashions, though, with Ovechkin scoring nearly 200 more goals than Crosby en route to point No. 1,000.

As for when you can expect Crosby to get there, sometime shortly after the all-star break seems accurate. If he maintains his exact pace, he’d reach the mark against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 9.

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks — 965 points

Daniel’s brother, Henrik, and Crosby are the only real locks to reach 1,000 points this season, because unless Daniel heats up all of a sudden, he’s going to enter 2017-18 still chasing his 1,000th point.

Through 43 games this season, Sedin has managed just 10 goals and 23 points, good for a scoring pace of .53 points per game. If he remains healthy for the remainder of the season — another 38 games — and scores at the same rate, he’ll add only 20 points to his total. That would leave him 15 shy of reaching 1,000 points for his career.

It’s not even a given Sedin enters the 2017-18 season with the 1,000-point mark well within his reach. In fact, over the past two seasons, Sedin has seen has points pace dip by one-fifth of a point in each consecutive season. If it falls that dramatically again next season, it could take him at least half the campaign to reach a four-digit career point total.

Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes — 956 points

Maybe the biggest question on this list, Doan’s career is about to continue on a year-by-year basis and there’s no chance he’s scoring another 44 points this season. Through 40 games, Doan has four goals and 11 points and is on pace to finish the campaign roughly 30 points short of reaching 1,000 in his career. If he comes back for one more year, he’ll have a shot at joining the 1,000-point club, but it might require two seasons for him to get there.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins — 804 points

Here’s where it gets fun. Malkin is currently 14th on the list of active scoring leaders, but he could very well be the player to follow Daniel Sedin in reaching the 1,000-point mark. Were it not for injuries, Malkin would likely already be much closer to reaching the milestone, but injury-riddled campaigns in 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2015-16 have slowed him down. At his current scoring pace, which is slightly more than a point per game, Malkin could be a 1,000-point player by the end of the 2018-19 season or early in the 2019-20 campaign.

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings — 864 points

He’s getting up there in age on a Red Wings team that is entering what could be some tough years, but with four years remaining on his contract after this season, Zetterberg will likely be around long enough to hit 1,000. It shouldn’t take him until the final year of his deal to reach the 1,000-point plateau, either. If he keeps his current pace up for the rest of the year and stays about as productive into the 2019-20 season, he’ll need to find the score sheet just a handful of times in the penultimate season of his contract to hit 1,000 points.

Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars — 837 points

Spezza is inching closer to his 34th birthday and the twilight of his career, but he’s all but certain to reach 1,000 points before he hangs up his skates. Right now, he’s on pace to finish the season about 40 points short of the 900-point mark, and then he’ll spend the next few seasons chasing down 1,000. He’ll likely have to ink another deal before he reaches 1,000 points, and it’d be fitting if he ended up back in Ottawa just in time to reach the mark.

Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild — 816 points

Staal seems to have found a fit with the Wild, and that’s a great thing for him when it comes to chasing down 1,000 career points. He’s on pace to finish the year with roughly 850 points, and even if his scoring rate dips back down to where it has been over the past few years — in the 50-point range — he could reach 1,000 points by the 2019-20 campaign. Like Spezza, it’s going to require Staal signing another deal, so maybe he can notch No. 1,000 in Carolina.

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks — 771 points

The Ducks captain has been one of the most consistent scorers of his generation and will be good for 60-plus points for the foreseeable future. That would put him on pace to crack the 1,000-point mark by the time the 2020-21 season rolls around, and there’s a good chance he becomes the highest scoring Duck in franchise history around that time, too. Teemu Selanne scored 988 points in Anaheim, and Getzlaf would be the first 1,000-point player in franchise history.

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks — 708 points

It’s a toss up, really, when it comes to which of Getzlaf or Kane will reach the mark first, but we’ll give it to Getzlaf because he has the edge at the moment. It’ll be close, though. Kane has been on a tear in recent seasons and is set to have another 80-point campaign. If he does so, he’ll finish the season with close to 750 points. That’d make 2020-21 his target for 1,000 points. He’d be one of only four players to reach the milestone in Chicago, vaulting him even farther into Blackhawks lore.

Honorable mentions: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals — 680 points; Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings — 704 points. Both could reach 1,000 points come the tail end of the 2020-21 season, but it’s going to take consistency and, in Kopitar’s case, an uptick in production.



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