Aleksander Barkov just turned 26 in September. By NHL standards, Barkov is still a pretty young player. Despite his lingering youth, he continues to make his way up NHL scoring lists at a rapid pace. On Tuesday, Barkov found his way to the very tippy top of the Florida Panthers’ franchise goals list when he scored #189, passing Ollie Jokinen.
26 years old and already the franchise leader in goals? Sheesh!
Teammate Jonathan Huberdeau also isn’t far off the mark, as he currently sits at 171 career goals, all with the Panthers.
Barkov’s milestone put the Panthers into a small group of five NHL teams that still roster their all-time leading goal scorers. Can you name all five?
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Ovi is one of the most prolific goal scorers the league has ever seen, so it’s no surprise that his 741 career regular season goals are a Caps record. He’s threatening to break Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record, after all!
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
Stammer has been with the Bolts his entire career, one that started way back in the 2008-09 season. While he’s dealt with some significant injuries, his 449 goals with Tampa are a franchise record.
Nikita Kucherov is about halfway there with 222, in case you were wondering.
Jonathan Marchessault – Vegas Golden Knights
Did you forget that these guys counted?
While Jonathan Marchessault hasn’t quite achieved the legendary status that Barkov, Ovi, and Stamkos have with their respective clubs, he’s still technically the current franchise leader in goals with 98. William Karlsson is knocking at the door with 97, however.
Jordan Eberle – Seattle Kraken
How ‘bout these guys? Did you forget that THEY counted?
Similarly to the Golden Knights, the Kraken are just beginning to establish their all-time leaderboards. Currectly, Eberle’s 7 goals lead the way for Seattle. Brandon Tanev has 6, and nobody else on the roster has more than 3 thus far.
Barkov signed a massive 8 year, $80 million extension with the Panthers this offseason. So, yeah… he’ll likely be setting that franchise record PRETTY high by the time he’s all said and done.
(H/T NHL PR)