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Jagr's offensive production places him among greats in NHL history

Era-adjusted goals, longevity, playoff scoring stand out during 24-season career

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

With forward Jaromir Jagr being assigned by the Calgary Flames to Kladno in the Czech Republic on Monday and the 45-year-old forward possibly having played his final NHL game, it would mark the end of one of the longest and most productive careers in League history, with heights that no player may reach again.

According to the underlying numbers, Jagr is best known for being one of the most accomplished goal-scorers in history, his tremendous peak in the late 1990s, and his incredible longevity. Here are five interesting stats about his remarkable career.

 

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Era-adjusted goals

Jagr has scored 766 goals in the NHL, which ranks third behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).

These were scored consistently throughout his career, with 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons from 1991-92 until 2006-07, which is tied with Mike Gartner for the NHL record.

When comparing Jagr's total to others, it's important to consider that players like Gartner and Gretzky played in a higher-scoring era. When adjusting for the changes in the average number of goals per game throughout NHL history, Jagr's relative totals are greater.

A player's era-adjusted goal totals can be calculated by taking his goals in a given season, dividing it by the average NHL player's goals per game that season, and then multiplying it by a set amount, such as the modern rate of approximately 0.15 goals per game.

When adding that for every season, Jagr has scored 719.9 era-adjusted goals, which ranks first since 1967-68. It is 66.5 goals more than Gretzky, who is second with 653.4 era-adjusted goals.

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list

 

Peak scoring

At his peak, Jagr was one of the greatest players in the game.

His peak began in 1994-95 when he was 22. He led the NHL in scoring with 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 48 games, and it was the first time he was a Hart Trophy finalist, finishing second to Eric Lindros.

Jagr's peak continued until the 2000-01 season, when he was 28.

In those seven seasons he led the League in scoring five times. During that span he led the NHL with 314 goals, 446 assists, and 760 points in 495 games. His point total was 23.6 percent more than Teemu Selanne, who was second with 615 points in 502 games.

Jagr was a Hart finalist five times in this span, winning it in 1999.

 

Longevity

The formula for success includes achieving great results and maintaining them for an extended period; Jagr checked both boxes.

He has played 1,733 NHL games, which ranks third all-time behind Gordie Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier (1,756).

Jagr's career has spanned so much time that most of today's players were not alive to witness his NHL debut, against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 5, 1990. Of the 900 players who have skated in at least one game this season, 523 were born after that date, which is 58.1 percent.

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Success past age 40

Jagr has 283 points (107 goals, 176 assists) in 412 games since turning 40 on Feb. 15, 2012, which may be his most unbreakable record. That's 16 more points than Howe, who is second with 267.

Only 15.0 percent of active NHL players (145 of 967) have as many points in their entire career as Jagr has since turning 40.

Jagr also holds the record for being the oldest player to lead his team in scoring. He was 42 when he led the New Jersey Devils in 2013-14 with 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists) in 82 games, and he was 44 when he led the Florida Panthers with 66 points (27 goals, 39 assists) in 79 games in 2015-16. Howe had been the record holder when at age 41 he led the Detroit Red Wings in 1969-70 with 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists) in 76 games.

 

Postseason powerhouse

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Jagr has 201 points (78 goals, 123 assists) in 208 games. That ranks fifth all-time, and first among those who did not play for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. He had at least 10 points on 10 occasions, which is tied for fourth with Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey, according to Hockey-Reference.com. Gretzky and Messier had at least 10 points 14 times in the playoffs, and Jean Beliveau did it 11 times.

Jagr has more points in the playoffs than the rest of the Calgary Flames roster, which has combined for 173 points (69 goals, 104 assists) in 426 games, not including goaltender Mike Smith's 19 games. There are 10 other teams whose combined playoff scoring totals also are less than Jagr's.

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