So let's get hypothetical and see where Jagr missed out on joining exclusive company:
Pre-1994 NHL Lockout
Jagr started his NHL career with the Penguins in 1990 and in those four years before the NHL Lockout he put up 319 points. While his goal totals stayed constant, his playmaking took off and his numbers improved every year from 57 points as a rookie to 99 points in his fourth year. 319 points is a solid number of points to have at the age of 21.
1994-95 NHL Lockout
In the shortened 48-game season, Jagr tied Eric Lindros for the NHL scoring lead with 32 goals and 70 points. With a point-per-game average of 1.46, Jagr was on pace for 120 points in an 82-game season. Lets assume that Jagr missed out on 50 points from the 1994-95 NHL Lockout.
Between NHL Lockouts
Between the 94-95 and 04-05 NHL Lockouts, Jagr put up 990 points and won the Art Ross Trophy five times including four straight seasons from 1997-98 to 2000-2001. In that time span, the next closest player in total scoring was Joe Sakic with 838 points, a whole 152 points behind Jaromir. Despite a rash of injuries beginning in 2000, Jagr still remained a point-per-game player and had some dominant performances. Heading into the 04-05 NHL Lockout at age 32 Jagr already amassed 1309 career points in 1027 games played.
2004-05 NHL LockoutIt's tough to judge what Jagr would have notched during this season because he was constantly injured in the previous three seasons and the most points he had put in those years was 79. Jagr did play consistently overseas during this Lockout putting up 67 points in 49 games between Kladno in the Czech Extraliga and Avangard Omsk in the Russian Superleague. We'll give a safe estimate and say he would have been put up around 80 points had this NHL season played out. That's 130 points lost to NHL Lockouts now.
Post 04-05 Lockout
The KHL Years
Return To The NHL
2012-13 NHL Lockout
2013 NHL Season
2013-14 NHL Season
Sure this is all hypothetical and Jagr probably would have torn his groin and missed a year of action, but it sure would have been fun to see Jagr approach the 2000-point mark and pass greats like Gordie Howe and Mark Messier. Jagr will need 45 points to hit the 1800-point mark and in the process would pass Marcel Dionne's 1771 points and Ron Francis' 1798 points to slide into 4th all-time. We think he'll accomplish both those feats this upcoming season and the rate he's going we wouldn't be surprised if he plays another season in 2015-16.
What do you think? Would Jaromir Jagr have hit the 2000-point mark?