These are the players Alex Ovechkin will join in the 700 club

Ryan Homler
NBC Sports Washington

Sooner or later, Alex Ovechkin is going to join the 700 goal club. Though he's been sitting at 698 goals for a few games entering Thursday night, he's on the cusp of history. An electric goal scorer, he can strike at any second to accomplish the big achievement.

Once Ovechkin reaches that mark, he'll join an exclusive group of goal scorers. An impressive list, here's more on the company Ovechkin will soon be in.

Wayne Gretzky (894 Goals)

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While Ovechkin is "The Great 8", Gretzky is known as "The Great One". Still the most impressive goal scorer the world has ever seen, Gretzky had an illustrious career that spanned three decades. The Hall of Famer compiled plenty of seasons in which his goal total reached an insane amount, including a 92-goal season in 1981 when he was just 21 years old. Gretzky holds a comfortable lead on the all-time goals list, with the next closest member 93 away.

Gordie Howe (801 Goals)

The only other member of the 800 goal club, Howe put together a long and consistent career. In 26 NHL seasons, he was an All-Star 21 times while also winning four Stanley Cup Championships.

Jaromir Jagr (766 Goals)

Like Ovechkin now, Jagr was an ageless wonder in the NHL. Father Time was no match for him, as he played in the league until he was 45. During his 24 seasons, he racked up goal after goal, including 62 in 1995. Jagr was also a lethal passer, as his assist tallies help put him in second place on the all-time points list. Jagr is still going strong, now playing in the Czech professional hockey league.

Brett Hull (741 Goals)

During his 19 seasons in the NHL, Hull was always a threat when on the ice. The Hall of Fame right winger's best season came in 1991 when he scored 86 goals.

Marcel Dionne (731 Goals)

In 18 seasons in the NHL, Dionne never dropped a crooked number of goals like some other members of this list did. But, he was consistent. In all but one of his campaigns, the long-time Red Wing and King scored more than 24 goals. 

Phil Esposito (717 Goals)

The Hall of Famer and two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner was one of the best southpaw goal-scorers the league has seen. During a span of five seasons in the 70s, he had more than 60 goals in four of them, including 76 in 1970-71.

Mike Gartner (708 Goals)

Gartner became a dominant goal scorer for Washington early in his career. During his nine full seasons with the team, he scored 30 or more goals in each. Gartner cemented himself into the 700 club in 1998, his last NHL season, scoring 12 goals with Phoenix. 

A list filled with some of the all-time greats, Ovechkin will take his place among hockey royalty once two more shots find the back of the net.

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