Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid continues to get pleasure from a historic 2022-23 marketing campaign, reaching one other spectacular milestone throughout Saturday’s recreation towards the San Jose Sharks.
McDavid picked up a pair of first-period factors to turn out to be the sixth participant in NHL historical past to register a 150-point season.
Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bernie Nicholls, Steve Yzerman and Phil Esposito are the opposite members of the “150 Club.” Lemieux was the newest skater to achieve that historic threshold, scoring 161 factors over 70 video games in 1995-96.
No one has been capable of comprise McDavid this yr, as he sits atop the league with 63 targets and 150 factors in 80 video games, averaging a career-high 1.88 factors per recreation. With two video games remaining within the Oilers’ common season, the game’s most dominant participant has already achieved a number of notable feats, together with:
Setting profession highs in targets, assists and factors
McDavid scored his three hundredth profession objective to turn out to be the fifth participant in NHL historical past to achieve 300 targets and 500 assists earlier than enjoying 600 profession video games, engaging in the feat in solely 481 video games.
McDavid has 5 completely different 10-game level streaks this season, breaking Gretzky’s NHL file of 4 within the 1986-87 season.
Becoming the quickest skater since Pavel Bure in 1999-2000 to attain 40 targets in a single season, fourth-fastest to 50 since 1995-96
Tying Sidney Crosby for probably the most 100-point seasons (six) by an lively NHL participant, reaching that feat in simply eight seasons, 10 fewer than Crosby
Passing Nikita Kucherov (128) for probably the most factors in a single season through the wage cap period, beginning in 2005-06
Becoming the primary participant since Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96 to attain greater than 130 factors in a season.
Recording the fifth-fastest tempo (545 video games) to attain 800 profession factors, sixth-fastest (488) to 700 factors
Enjoying a streak of 5 straight multi-goal performances, becoming a member of Alexander Mogilny (1992-93), Mario Lemieux (1988-89), Punch Broadbent (1921-22) and Joe Malone (1920-21) as the one skaters to perform that feat.
Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates scoring a objective within the first interval towards the San Jose Sharks. (Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI by way of Getty Images)
Upcoming milestones to look at
While McDavid’s 2022-23 efficiency can already be cemented as one of many best in NHL historical past, the Oilers captain might add extra accomplishments to his resume earlier than the common season wraps up.
The five-time All-Star is simply three targets shy of passing Alex Ovechkin (65) for many targets in a season this century.
In simply his eighth NHL marketing campaign, McDavid is extensively favoured to seize his third MVP award this summer time, his second in three seasons. That would tie him with Ovechkin, Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Bobby Clarke and Howie Morenz as gamers who’ve a hat trick of Hart Trophies.
Only three gamers in NHL historical past have gained greater than three: Gretzky (9), Gordie Howe (six) and Eddie Shore (4). But at 26, there may be nonetheless loads of time for McDavid to be featured alongside these Hall of Fame icons.
The Richmond Hill, Ont., native is slated so as to add a brand new addition to his trophy case in 2022-23: the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, as he at the moment sits six targets forward of the second-place holder, David Pastrnak. He additionally leads the Art Ross race by a large margin, 27 factors up on teammate Leon Draisaitl.
McDavid undoubtedly has his sights set on a a lot bigger accomplishment, although: capturing his first Stanley Cup title, which might crown the Oilers as Canada’s first champion because the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.