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Era-Adjusted Stats Added to Hockey Reference Player Season Finder

Posted by Mike Lynch on January 15, 2018

At Hockey Reference, we calculate adjusted stats in order to more accurately compare players from different eras and different goal scoring environments. With Alex Ovechkin approaching his 600th career goal, there has been some chatter about Ovi being the greatest goal scorer in NHL history.

So we thought this made for a good time to introduce the adjusted scoring statistics into the Player Season Finder tool in order to test this hypothesis. As it turns out, Ovechkin is easily the NHL leader in "adjusted goals" through 13 seasons of play. If you click on the link, you'll see he has 691 adjusted goals (through 1/15/18), while Wayne Gretzky had 607 adjusted goals through 13 seasons.

Ovechkin's 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 goals, 13 more than anyone else, comes out to 72 adjusted-goals, which is the 2nd-highest total in NHL history.

The all-time leader in adjusted goals is Gordie Howe, with 801.

The Great One, meanwhile, is easily the all-time leader in adjusted assists and adjusted points.

We hope you enjoy this new addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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