Connor McDavid is having an absolutely dominant season for the Edmonton Oilers. The 25-year-old forward is on pace for an incredible 71 goals, 87 assists, and 158 points this season, which would shatter the highest NHL total for most points in a single season during the 21st century.
To put this into perspective, only one person has reached over 127 points since Jaromir Jagr did it in the 1998-1999 season, a much different NHL than the NHL is now with new technology, and much bigger goalie equipment. For McDavid to be on pace for over 150 points is simply unprecedented.
In the 21st century, the highest total in a season is held by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who had 128 points in the 2018-2019 season. 3 points higher than second place Joe Thornton, who had 125 points in the 2005-2006 NHL season.
Through 31 games played this season, McDavid already has 27 goals, 33 assists, and 60 points. His skill and speed on the ice are unmatched, and he consistently finds ways to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Despite McDavid’s amazing season, the Oilers are still sitting fourth in the Pacific Division. It’s a reminder that hockey is a team sport and that individual performance doesn’t always translate into team success, the Oilers will need to do something with their roster if they want to make a true run at the cup this season.
Regardless of where the Oilers finish in the standings, there’s no denying that McDavid is having one of the greatest seasons in the 21st century. His combination of speed, skill, and scoring ability is truly awe-inspiring, and he is a joy to watch on the ice.