On the Brink of Scoring History
Connor McDavid is on the verge of a 100 point season. Here's why reaching that mark is so significant.
One Big Thing: On the Brink of Scoring History
What’s Happening: After recording two more assists in a 4-1 victory over the Canucks Tuesday night, Connor McDavid is on the brink of scoring history. The 2020-21 NHL season was shortened from an 82 to 56 game season due to the coronavirus pandemic, so only five games remain for McDavid to surpass 100 points. Through 51 games in the 2020-21 season, Connor McDavid currently has 93 points. To tally 100 points in a season requires an average of scoring 1.78 points per game. McDavid is currently averaging 1.82 points per game and is on pace to score 102.12 points, which would be a tremendous feat.
McDavid is scoring 1.82 points per game this season | Oilers Instagram
Significance of 100: If you take McDavid's attainable 100 points this season and prorate it over a full 82 game schedule, he would possess 149 points. The last time a player scored 149 points in a season was back in the 1995-96 season when Jaromir Jagr scored a career-high 149 points for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While hypothetical, 149 points in a season would give McDavid the 17th highest scoring season of all time. That result would put McDavid just behind Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Phil Esposito, Bernie Nicholls, and of course, Wayne Gretzky, who owns eight of the top ten spots on the leaderboard for single-season points.
What Does the Future Hold for McDavid? The Edmonton Oilers drafted Connor McDavid in the 2015 NHL Draft as the 1st overall selection, and in 2018 he signed an 8-year, $100 million guaranteed contract with the Oilers as a 20-year-old.
While McDavid currently has the 4th highest contract in terms of value behind Alex Ovechkin, Shea Weber, and Sidney Crosby, he has an average annual salary of $12.5 million, which is the highest average annual salary in the NHL. When McDavid's contract expires after the 2026 season, he will presumably receive the largest contract in NHL history.
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A Question for the Peanut Gallery
With five games to go, will Connor McDavid reach the 100 point milestone?