The Top 10 Pure Goal Scorers in the NHL Today

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IApril 1, 2013

The Top 10 Pure Goal Scorers in the NHL Today

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    Steven Stamkos is the best pure goal scorer in the NHL today, and he is putting up amazing production during the truncated season.

    Stamkos' amazing shot makes him a lethal threat on the ice, but what other players are worthy enough to fill out the top 10? 

    Some players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are great offensive contributors and goal scorers, but they are known for their assists and playmaking abilities.

    Here are the league's best pure goal scorers starting with Ilya Kovalchuk.

Ilya Kovalchuk

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    Ilya Kovalchuk is one of the active leaders in goals-per-game average with a number of 0.513 per game.

    Through his career to date, Kovalchuk has scored 416 goals with one of the league's most lethal shots.

    Kovalchuk is a pure goal scorer that has an amazing slap shot, one-timer and a wrist shot that has allowed him to record multiple 40-goal and 50-goal seasons throughout his career.

Alex Ovechkin

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    Alex Ovechkin is the active NHL leader in goals per game with an average of 0.607. The Great 8 has tallied 357 goals to date, and he has only played in 588 games to date. 

    Ovechkin had a very slow start to the season, but it seems like he is back to his old self by lighting the lamp left and right.

    At the beginning of the season, it seemed like Ovie would fade away, but he is proving why he is one of the league's purest goal scorers today.

Steven Stamkos

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    Steven Stamkos has the potential to be one of the NHL's all-time great goal scorers.

    Stamkos is one of the league's elite players, and at age 23, he already has 204 goals in only 359 games. This equates to a 0.568 goal-per-game average.

    Stamkos' career could conceivably last at least 15 more years. He has a good shot at finishing as the league's all-time greatest goal scorer.

Rick Nash

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    Rick Nash has 301 goals during his NHL career to date, and that equates to a 0.428 goal-per-game average.

    Nash is one of the active leaders in that category and is known as a goal scorer more than a playmaker.

    In New York, he will have a chance to improve his career numbers with better linemates, and that should allow him to increase his goal-per-game average as one of the league's top goal scorers.

James Neal

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    James Neal is a 25-year-old winger for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he is slowly emerging as one of the league's most lethal goal scorers.

    Last season, Neal scored 41 goals, and in an 82-game season he would be on pace for 41 goals again this season.

    Neal currently has 131 goals in 350 games, and he is starting to heat up as one of the league's more dangerous scorers.

Jarome Iginla

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    Jarome Iginla is the newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and one of the NHL's top goal scorers of all-time. "Iggy" has 525 career goals and an average of 0.430 goals per game.

    Although Iginla has a good amount of assists throughout his career, he is always known for his ability to be a rugged power forward and an excellent goal scorer with pinpoint accuracy.

Marian Hossa

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    Marian Hossa is a 34-year-old winger who has been playing in the NHL since he was 19. During his career to date, Hossa has been one of the league's most feared snipers.

    Throughout his career, Hossa has played for Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago, and each team has benefited from his goal-scoring touch.

    Hossa has scored 430 goals to date and has the reputation of being an elite sniper.

Thomas Vanek

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    Thomas Vanek is a 29-year-old winger for the Buffalo Sabres who is quietly becoming one of the league's top scorers.

    Vanek has scored 246 goals in his career to date, and during that time he has played in multiple roles.

    Before succumbing to an injury early this year, Vanek was on an amazing pace which further proves that he can be an elite forward.

Jeff Carter

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    Jeff Carter is one of the NHL's quieter goal scorers, and he has tallied 222 goals during his 551-game career.

    Carter scored 21 goals last year, and currently has 20 goals which puts him on pace for 47 in an 82-game season.

    With the Philadelphia Flyers, Carter was a lethal scorer, and he is starting to rekindle his scoring touch in Los Angeles with the Kings.

Patrick Marleau

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    Patrick Marleau has evolved into more of a goal scorer than a passer over the past few years, and statistically he has been scoring more goals than assists.

    Marleau has 403 career goals, including 149 the past four years. This year, Marleau has 16 goals, and that puts him on pace for 39 in an 82-game season.

    As his career has progressed, Marleau has been more apt to shoot the puck, and he is certainly a talented goal scorer.