Edmonton Oiler’s forward Connor McDavid became the fifth fastest player to reach the 800 point mark in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday.
Since McDavid entered the league in 2015, he’s proven himself as one of the world’s best. McDavid recorded his 800th, 801st, and 802nd point, after tallying two goals and an assist. He completes the feat in 545 games, short of only Wayne Gretsky (352 games), Mario Lemieux (410), Mike Bossy (525), and Peter Stastny (531) for the fastest in NHL history.
McDavid tallied a quick assist in the first period for his 800th point, as fellow Hart trophy (MVP) winner Leon Draisaitl scored to collect his 700th point.
Connor McDavid has consistently lit up the scoreboard over his career. He’s now reached the 100 point benchmark six times in his career, with 44 goals and 105 points this year. He’s on pace for 146 points, which would be the most in a season for his career. That would put him on another elite list of players. Wayne Gretsky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Phil Esposito, Bernie Nicholls, Jaromir Jagr, Pat Lafontaine, and Mike Bossy have scored 146 points or more in a season. McDavid would become the first player in the 21st century on that list, if he continues his pace.
Oilers in 2022
Edmonton has yet to finish first in the Pacific since acquiring McDavid, with their best playoff finish coming last year. They lost to the eventual Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche four games to none in the Western Conference Championship. The Oilers currently sit in fourth place in the Pacific with 70 points. According to moneypuck.com, they have a 95.6% chance of making the playoffs, and a 36.3% chance to return to the conference finals.
Despite the Oilers not having an abundance of success during McDavid’s tenure, he’s still stayed humble. He’s a team player through and through, maintaining his desire of team success over personal success, even after a milestone night.
“You have to win games without your ‘A’ stuff,” McDavid said. “It’s cliche that good teams find a way to win when they don’t have their stuff and that was tonight. We did just enough to get a win. It’s going to take a lot more than that to win coming down the stretch, but give the boys credit.”Connor McDavid
The Oilers are back in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday.
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