Bear in mind means again when Connor McDavid had 69 factors in 42 video games? That was earlier than he ascended to a different galaxy with 31 factors in 11 video games to succeed in the century mark at 100 factors in simply 53 video games. Merely unbelievable.
We are able to debate the validity of McDavid’s accomplishment within the North Division for the 28th time like a bunch of chumps – or we are able to have fun its sheer improbability with a set of enjoyable details about what No. 97 has achieved this season and over the course of his profession.
*McDavid is the primary participant to get 100 factors in 53 video games or fewer since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did so in 1995-96.
* McDavid’s 68 assists are presently greater than the NHL’s co-third main scorers, Brad Marchand and Mitch Marner, have factors. The one NHL gamers to have extra assists than league’s third-highest level complete in a season are Wayne Gretzky (seven instances), Bobby Orr (as soon as) and Mario Lemieux (as soon as).
* McDavid presently holds a 21-point margin over teammate Leon Draisaitl for second within the NHL scoring race. The one gamers to win the Artwork Ross by 21 or extra factors over second place are Gretzky (eight instances), Lemieux (twice), Orr (as soon as) Phil Esposito (as soon as) and Gordie Howe (as soon as). McDavid’s margin is the widest since Gretzky gained the race by 32 factors in 1990-91.
* Earlier this month, McDavid accomplished his 400th NHL sport and sat at 556 factors. That’s the seventh-highest complete for any participant in historical past after 400 video games, trailing solely Gretzky (935), Lemieux (774), Peter Stastny (607), Mike Bossy (598), Jari Kurri (570) and Eric Lindros (563).
* McDavid, who turned 24 in January, will clinch his third Artwork Ross Trophy this season and can cross Gordie Howe because the second-youngest participant to win three scoring titles. Howe did so simply days earlier than his 25th birthday. Gretzky, McDavid and Howe are the one gamers to win three scoring titles earlier than turning 25.
* McDavid is the 26th participant to document 4 100-point seasons and, on Saturday, turned the fifth youngest at 24 years and 115 days. The one gamers to notch 4 100-point seasons by a youthful age are Gretzky, Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Dale Hawerchuk.
*The Ted Lindsay Award for many excellent participant tends to differ greater than the Hart Trophy for league MVP. Whereas eight gamers have gained the Hart a minimum of 3 times, six have gained the Lindsay 3 times and solely two have gained it 4 or extra instances. If and when McDavid wins it this season, he’ll turn into the seventh participant to win it 3 times – and the second youngest.
*Assuming McDavid wins the Hart as nicely, he’ll be the fourth-youngest participant to win two MVPs, trailing Gretzky, Orr and Alex Ovechkin.
So you possibly can hate on McDavid’s 2020-21 as a result of it got here in unprecedented circumstances – or you possibly can simply cease and have fun the generational greatness. It’s much more enjoyable to do the latter. Simply sayin.’