The sparkling career of Jaromir Jagr began over 20 years ago when he was a first-round pick. Now at age 41, Jagr is still proving that he is one of the best players in the National Hockey League leading the Dallas Stars in points right now as the team floats around the .500 mark. Jagr took a four-year break from the NHL after the 2007-08 season to play in Russia but came back last season and has moved to Dallas this season with a hot start of four goals and seven assists in 14 games.
I never thought we will see Jagr back in the NHL after that 07-08 season because it sounds to me that he was upset over things going on but here he is back and better than ever. While Jagr didn’t make the score sheet during the team’s last game, Jagr had scored twice with three assists over the four previous games. You can’t discount the leadership of a player who has been playing professional hockey for the past 23 years and a player that won the Stanley Cup during his first two seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. When you do that to start your career, you think everything is easy.
Jagr is approaching 700 career goals and could hit that next season if he decides to play another year. The closer goal this season is 1,000 assists which Jagr is just five away from right now. Jagr could lead this Dallas team back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season even though Dallas has won over 40 games each of the last two years. This is becoming Jagr’s team and I will be curious to see if he has one last playoff run in him.