Just How Impressive Was Jagr’s Season?
Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. A testament to his greatness is that he has somehow managed to remain a productive player well into his forties. In the 2015–2016, Jagr managed to score 27 goals and add 39 assist for 66 points in his age 43 season. This sounds incredible, but how does his season compare across the ages?
To answer this question, one can look at the top NHL seasons, by a player in his forties. We can see very quickly that his production has been remarkable.
If we look at point totals using the Play Index at Hockey Reference, Jagr has 3 of the top 16 seasons ever by a player over 40. His 2015–2016 season ranks 8th, which is his second best point total on the list behind his 2013–2014 season in which he scored 67 points, good for 6th on the list. The king of the total points list for old guys, is of course, the late Gordie Howe. His 103 points in 1968–1969 at the age of 40, ranks number 1 on the list. His 1969–1970 season also cracks the top 10 with 71 points at the age of 41 to come in at number 4.
Johnny Bucyk takes the second spot on the list with his 1975–1976 season in which he had 83 points at the age of 40 for the Boston Bruins. Teemu Selanne comes in third with his first of two appearances in the top 10. His 80 points in 2010–2011 at 40 and his 66 points in 2011–2012 at the age of 41 were good for 3rd and 9th on the list respectively. Rounding out the top five is lifetime Red Wing Alex Delvecchio who notched 71 points in 1972–1973 at the age of 40.
So 6th and 8th on the list sounds great and all for Jagr, but is there anything else we can take away from this leader-board? First of all, if we examine the ages of the players in the top 10 closely, we see 6 seasons by 40 year olds, 3 seasons by 41 year olds, and one season by a 43 year old player (Jagr). Jagr holds second place on the alltime list for 41 year olds (to Howe) and first on the list of players who were at least 42.
Jagr enters this season, his age 44 season with a great chance to have the best season by anyone his age or older. According to the Play Index by the Hockey Reference, he only has to score 41 points this year to match the great Gordie Howe, who reached that mark at the incredible age of 51! To get second on that list, Jagr only needs to score 22 points to match Doug Harvey’s 1968–1969 season.
In the shadow of many other story-lines that fans will follow during the 2016–2017 season, we should not forget that Jagr has the chance to have the greatest “Old Guy” season of all time.
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