Matthew Tkachuk has achieved an impressive milestone, becoming the first American-born skater since Jeremy Roenick in 1994 to have back-to-back 100 point seasons in the NHL. Remarkably, Tkachuk managed to accomplish this feat while playing for two different teams, showcasing his adaptability and exceptional talent on the ice.
During the 2021-2022 season, Tkachuk was a member of the Calgary Flames, where he played in all 82 games, scored 42 goals, and contributed 62 assists for a total of 104 points. In addition to his impressive point total, Tkachuk boasted a +57 rating, accumulated 68 penalty minutes, and took 253 shots on goal.
After his incredible season with the Flames, Tkachuk requested a trade and was subsequently sent to the Florida Panthers, along with a 2025 conditional fourth-round pick. In return, the Flames received Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 conditional first-round pick. Interestingly, Huberdeau had also achieved a 100+ point season in 2021-2022, scoring 30 goals and assisting 85 for a total of 115 points. However, this season, Huberdeau has struggled to find his footing in Calgary, amassing only 50 points in 72 games.
In contrast, Tkachuk has been a force to be reckoned with for the Panthers this year. In 73 games, he has scored 38 goals and contributed 63 assists, totaling 101 points. This exceptional performance has solidified his position as the first American since 1994 to have back-to-back 100 point seasons, and with a few games remaining, Tkachuk still has an opportunity to increase his point total.
As the season draws to a close, the Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot in the highly competitive Eastern Conference. Currently sitting just one spot outside the Wild Card spot, they are chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Panthers trail the Penguins by only one point, but Pittsburgh has a game in hand.
Matthew Tkachuk’s outstanding performance in both Calgary and Florida has made him a standout player in the NHL. His ability to adapt and excel on different teams is a testament to his skill and determination. As the Panthers push for a playoff spot, Tkachuk will undoubtedly continue to be a key factor in their success. With his remarkable back-to-back 100 point seasons, Tkachuk has not only etched his name in the history books but has also emerged as one of the brightest American stars in the league today.
As the NHL playoffs approach, fans and experts alike will be keeping a close eye on Tkachuk and the Florida Panthers, eager to see if they can secure a spot in the postseason and make a deep run. Regardless of the outcome, Matthew Tkachuk’s incredible accomplishments this season will be remembered for years to come.