It's only a matter of time before Alex Ovechkin eclipses 700 career goals, and while Capitals fans, players and anyone that's ever been around Ovi celebrates his accomplishment, everyone's eyes will eventually shift toward the 800 club. 

More specifically, the NHL's all-time goals leader, Wayne Gretzky. 

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz addressed Ovechkin's chase for 700 and his eventual pursuit of "The Great One" before the Capitals and Islanders squared off in D.C. on Monday night. It's safe to say he feels confident where Ovechkin will stand in NHL history when No. 8 decides to call it a career. 

"He's the greatest goal scorer that's ever played," Trotz said before the game Monday. "He's going to score a lot more goals, and if I was a betting man I would bet on Ovi breaking the goal-scoring record. In my mind there's no doubt that he's going to do it."

Trotz coached Ovechkin from 2014 to 2018, winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights. Trotz is in his second season leading the Islanders after a second-round exit at the hands of the Hurricanes during last year's playoffs. 

Only seven other players have scored 700 goals in the history of the NHL and Ovechkin should be able to pass three of them by the end of next season. Whether Ovechkin will be able to sustain the production necessary to approach Gretzky's 894 career total is yet to be seen, but those who would know sure don't see a reason why he won't be able to pull it off. 


Whether he ultimately passes Gretzky or not, isn't Ovechkin already the greatest goal scorer of all time?

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