If you were to ask most hockey fans who the best goal scorer in the NHL is, I think the most common answer would probably be Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin has won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in six out of the past seven seasons, so it seems like a pretty open and shut case. However, I’m going to explain why Ovechkin’s claim to the title as the league’s best goal scorer is not quite as strong as it initially seems.
Since I’m going to explain why the honour actually belongs to Auston Matthews, we’ll start by restricting all of the statistics we’re looking at to the past three seasons, which is how long Matthews has been in the NHL. If we look at the list of the players with the most goals in that time frame, there’s a familiar name on top.
Ovechkin is still at the top, well ahead of Matthews in 5th place. So why would I claim that the league’s best goal scorer is actually Auston Matthews?
Rates vs Counts
Author: Drag Like Pull / The Leafs Nation