Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers has reached an astounding milestone, scoring 100 points in 53-games during the 2020-2021 NHL season. With an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s 29th goal of the 2020-2021 season against the Vancouver Canucks, McDavid set a record that is not likely to be touched any time soon. The 24-year-old who most hockey fans say is the best player in the world scored an average of 1.79 points per game during this season! For McDavid to do this during a season in which players were worried about being tested for COVID-19 and whether or not they had tested positive for the virus makes it that much more special.
McDavid became the ninth player to reach this milestone in NHL history with four points as the Oilers defeated the Canucks by a score of four to three. The other eight names on this elite list are some of the best players in the history of the NHL. The last two players to reach this accomplishment were Mario Lemuix and Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1995-1996 season.
Draisaitl also reach a milestone by scoring the 500th point of his NHL career. It can be argued that Draisaitl has played in the shadow of McDavid and that it is not known just how good the 25-year-old from Cologne, Germany really is. Who is to say whether or not Draisaitl would have the same kind of success during his career if he was not playing with the likes of McDavid?
In order to put this milestone in perspective, just think about this fact. If McDavid had not scored a goal during this season, his 65 assists would still put him in a tie for fourth place in points with Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Nathan Mackinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Oilers are able to win hockey’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. McDavid has yet to make it to the conference finals in his career. He has scored five goals and four assists in 13 playoff games.
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