Jaromir Jagr is one of the best players in hockey history. Period.
With 38 points in 69 games so far this season, the 43-year-old Jagr is still a legitimate NHL player. Wouldn’t it be great if he played at least one more year? Maybe two more years? Well, yesterday Jagr told reporters he feels like he could play another seven years.
SEVEN YEARS?!? Ha! Yeah right. Nobody could play into their fifties these days. Oh wait – Jagr said it? Oh… jeez. The guy just might do it.
I took a look at some of the numbers and even though Jagr is already one of the best in pretty much every offensive category there is, here’s what yet another seven seasons could do for his legacy.
Jagr currently sits 12th among NHL players in games played with 1,542. If he plays in every game the Panthers have remaining this season that number goes up to 1,560. Where would Jagr end up on the all-time list if he played seven more seasons?
Unfortunately that’s a complete and utter guess… but hey, let’s give it a shot.
What’s surprising is how few games Jagr has actually missed in his career. He hasn’t played in fewer than 70 games in a complete NHL season since 2001-02. For the sake of having a number, because we are just guessing after all, let’s say Jagr averages a conservative 60 games per season for the remaining hypothetical seven seasons of his career. That’s an additional 420 games played, bringing his grand total to 1,962, crushing Gordie Howe’s current record of 1,767.
If he averages more than 60 games per season, then he could potentially become the first player to hit 2,000 games!
Jagr currently sits fifth in all-time goal-scoring with 718, just recently passing Phil Esposito. Since returning from the KHL in 2011-12, Jagr has put up seasons of 19, 16, and 24 goals, while currently sitting on 13 this season. Let’s pretend Jagr drops down a bit but still averages 10 goals per season for the next seven hypothetical seasons. That gives him 70 additional goals for a total of 788 on his career.
With 788 career goals, Jagr would fall just shy of becoming the third player to ever score 800 or more goals, behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). Don’t feel too bad for Jagr though, because 788 goals would still place him third all-time, 47 ahead of fourth place Brett Hull.
Jagr currently sits seventh in all-time assists with 1,075. He needs just four more, which could come by this season’s end, to tie Adam Oates. Once again, since returning from the KHL, Jagr has had 35, 19, and 43 assist seasons, while currently sitting on 25 this season.
Let’s say Jagr averages 22 assists for the next seven hypothetical seasons. That would give him another 154 career assists, bringing his total to 1,229. Just like with goals, Jagr’s new total would still only take him to third all-time, this time behind Gretzky (1,963) and Ron Francis (1,249).
Jagr currently sits fifth in all-time NHL scoring with 1,793 points, just five points back of Ron Francis for fourth. By the way – Ron Francis is fourth. A lot of people don’t seem to know that.
Let’s combine our guesses for average goals per season (10) and assists (22) to come up with 32 points per season. Those aren’t good numbers but if he’s considered an experienced depth forward and he’s making what a depth forward makes, then why not give him a shot. Heck, 32 points would make Jagr the fifth leading scorer on the Leafs right now.
An additional 32 points per season for seven seasons would give Jagr another 224 points. This would put Jagr at 2,017 career points. That means Jagr would pass Ron Francis, Gordie Howe, and Mark Messier to become just the second NHL player to ever crack 2,000 career points and sit second all-time. Gretzky, once again, sits far away in first with 2,857 because he’s a martian or something.
Jaromir Jagr is a legitimate NHL legend. Whether he decides to play another seven seasons or just hang them up tomorrow, nothing changes that. In all seriousness though, another seven seasons, taking Jagr to being a 50-year-old playing in the NHL, is cartoony.
That being said, Jagr is 94 points back of tying Mark Messier for second in all-time NHL scoring. Jagr put up 67 points just last season. Even if he can’t do seven, I wonder if Jagr still has another two or three left in him.
All we can do is sit back and enjoy. This is Jaromir Jagr’s world and we’re just watching him play hockey in it.