By Jared Clinton
With a late-season run, the New Jersey Devils hope to find themselves in the post-season, which is exactly what Jaromir Jagr could use to crack 200 career playoff points. Jagr, who leads all active NHLers in post-season scoring, won’t be caught or passed this season, but the former Penguins star will have a current one nipping at his heels in a few years. Sidney Crosby has racked up 105 points in just 82 playoff games. Jagr has played 202.
1. Jaromir Jagr (202 GP) 199 points
He’ll never catch the dynastic-Oilers trio of Gretzky, Kurri, and Messier, unless he’s planning on sticking around until he’s 50. Jagr does, however, have a chance to leap passed Glenn Anderson (214 points) if he can play for a couple more seasons.
2. Patrik Elias (162 GP) 125 points
The 37-year-old Czech winger has quietly climbed this list. A Devil for his entire career, Elias’ point total is bolstered by 13-straight playoff appearances with the Devils from 1996-97 to 2009-10.
3. Henrik Zetterberg (123 GP) 114 points
Three straight deep runs into the playoffs in Zetterberg’s prime, including two to the final, have vaulted the Swede into the top 10. In the years Detroit made two consecutive Stanley Cup final appearances, Zetterberg registered 51 points in 45 games.
4. Marian Hossa (152 GP) 113 points
For all of the talk about Hossa’s inability to contribute in the playoffs, the two-time Stanley Cup champion has tallied 43 goals to go along with 70 playoff assists. A member of the closest thing to a modern dynasty, Hossa could have a few more playoff runs left in him, to push him up the list of active leaders.
5. Daniel Briere (108 GP) 109 points
More than anything, Briere was brought into Montreal for his penchant for post-season heroics. At 36, there may not be much tread left on his tires, but don’t tell Briere. His 30-point performance in 2009-10 was one for the ages.
6. Sidney Crosby (82 GP) 105 points
Is anyone surprised that Sid averages more than a point per game in the playoffs? As a 21-year-old, Crosby lead all scorers with 15 goals in 24 games on the way to helping Pittsburgh hoist their first Stanley Cup in nearly 20 years in 2008-09.
7. Pavel Datsyuk (140 GP) 103 points
The ‘Magic Man’ had some excellent post-season tutelage early in his career. During Detroit’s 2001-02 Cup run, Datsyuk was in a dressing room that included the likes of Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Brendan Shanahan. Now it’s his turn to pass on the knowledge that’s helped him become one of the modern-day playoff greats.
8. Scott Gomez (149 GP) 101 points
Present-day Gomez is more closely associated with goal droughts than anything, but there was a time when he was a big part of New Jersey’s success. The Devils made the playoffs in all but two of Gomez’s eight seasons in the swamp, and took home the top prize twice.
9. Daniel Alfredsson (121 GP) 100 points
He may not have the ever-elusive Stanley Cup ring, but it’s not for lack of trying. His 14 goals in 2006-07 brought the Ottawa Senators within three wins of the Stanley Cup. Alfredsson, now 41 and nearing the end of his storied career, hasn’t been back to the finals since.
10. Evgeni Malkin (83 GP) 97 points
In just his third season, Evgeni Malkin helped the Pittsburgh Penguins capture a Stanley Cup. After a defeat at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings the previous post-season, Malkin in 2009 put the Penguins on his back to the tune of 36 points in 24 games and ran away with Conn Smythe honors.