ST. LOUIS -- What was once thought to be an unbreakable record, Alex Ovechkin's pursuit of Wayne Gretzky's goal record was a big topic of conversation at All-Star Media Day on Thursday. With Ovechkin just eight goals shy of 700 for his career and, at 34 years old and showing no signs of slowing down, it is looking more and more possible that he will be able to push for Gretzky's record of 894.
Ovechkin still has 202 goals to get there, but at the very least his quest now seems possible. That in itself is an achievement.
But will Ovechkin ultimately get there? I asked some of the biggest stars in the game for their take. Here is what they said:
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie: "I think he has a good chance to. I mean, you look at the pace he's at now, I think it's going to come down to what he wants to do, how long he wants to play. But if he keeps working and stays at the pace he's at, you can look at the numbers, I think he can do it."
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews: "I think if anybody's going to do it, it's obviously him. He's obviously been around for a while, I've been watching him since I was a kid. He's an amazing player and I think when it's all said and done he could probably break that record. I think it'd be pretty sweet to see."
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak: "You never know with Ovi, right? He could do that. I don't know. My guess would be probably not, but he definitely going to hit 800 I would say."
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano: "I think he has a chance. I think everyone halfway through his career would've said no, he's going to tail off at some point, but he hasn't stopped so he has a chance for sure."
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi: "I think so, yeah. I don't think he's slowing down and then he's going to get a lot more years and he's going to score a lot more goals."
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon: "I don't know. I'm hopeful. We'll leave it at that."
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy: "I think health-wise will determine that. If he can stay healthy to at least 38, 39, 40, I don't see why he won't at least push up against it."
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