We are witnessing something special with Connor McDavid right now.
You don’t need us to tell you that Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is elite and that he’s on his way to achieving true greatness in the National Hockey League, but there are no words to describe exactly what he is doing right now.
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McDavid has lived up to all the hype and more surrounding his entry into the NHL back in 2015, establishing himself as one of the most naturally gifted and talented players to have ever laced up a pair of skates. And, now, the phenom forward has wasted little time in racking up a significant and special milestone.
Yes, while beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday was a big win for the Edmonton Oilers, who improved to 10-8-0 on the year, it was a night that belonged to McDavid who scored his 500th career point during the game with an assist on Jesse Puljujarvi‘s first period goal, and he would also tally a secondary helper for his 501st career NHL point.
However, it was McDavid’s first point of the game that will receive the most attention given that it was his 500th point in just his 369th regular-season game, which is pretty damn impressive on its own but even more so when you consider that it puts the forward in some elite company.
Connor McDavid making NHL history in record time as he hits 500 career points
For starters, McDavid joined Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby in needing just 369 games to record 500 points, and we all know the kind of career that “Sid the Kid” has enjoyed with the Pens, winning three Stanley Cups and cementing his status as one of the best to have ever played the game.
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But the fact that McDavid, along with Crosby, is the fastest active player to reach 500 career points in the National Hockey League is pretty special given the amount of uber-talented forwards currently in the league, while being the eighth fastest overall player to reach that milestone puts McDavid in some rarified air.
Granted, the legendary Wayne Gretzky only needed 234 games to record 500 career points and Pittsburgh Penguins icon Mario Lemieux achieved the feat in 287 games, but those two are in a class of their own and it is unfair to compare their lofty achievements next to anyone else’s.
However, when you delve deeper into exactly how Connor McDavid got to 500 career points this fast, it just hammers home the point just how unique a talent the center he is and the fact that the best could be yet to come, which is a pretty scary thought for those opponents and teams who have to face him on a nightly basis.
For instance, McDavid scored his first 100 points in 92 games, he went from 100 to 200 in 82 games, went from 200 to 300 in 68 games, 300 to 400 in 67 games and went from 400 to 500 points in just 64 games. So, basically, the 24-year-old has needed less games to record more points and that logic dictates that he could reach the 1,000 point mark well before his 30th birthday, which would be pretty incredible.
You wouldn’t bet against it, either, given the crazy pace at which McDavid continues to torment NHL defenses and goalies, already leading the NHL in points in 2020-21 with 32 (9 G, 23 A) and, while there are only 56 games this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, don’t be surprised if the pivot records at least 100 points for the fourth time in his insane career.
The No.1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft already has 171 goals and 330 assists for 501 points in 369 games, 133 even-strength goals, 342 even-strength points, 35 power play goals, three shorthanded goals, eight Overtime goals and 36-game winning goals.
Yeah, we’re witnessing something special here.
And, while it would be nice for the Edmonton Oilers to actually surround their franchise cornerstone with some decent weapons so he can add a few Stanley Cups to the crazy numbers he is busy racking up, there is no doubt that Connor McDavid is making history and we should get used to seeing these kind of historic milestones reached in record time by a player who simply resembles a human cheat code at times.