This morning, the NHL announced that Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been named the league’s second star of the week after a stellar start to the 2021-22 season for the reigning MVP.
After scoring six goals and adding seven assists so far this season, McDavid gets the nod from the league for looking absolutely unstoppable through five games played. Needless to say, McDavid’s early-season heater helped push the Oilers to an undefeated start to their season with all five of their wins coming against Pacific Division opponents. I don’t think I’m talking out of school when I say that this has been a dream start for the boys, and it’s no surprise that the captain is the one leading the charge. Honestly, I’ve run out of adjectives to describe Connor McDavid and his play so I’ll just wrap up by saying that the guy is so dominant that having him land as the second star is almost insulting.
How did the NHL see things? From the release:
McDavid recorded 3-5—8 in three multi-point performances, helping the Oilers improve to 5-0-0 and first place in the Pacific Division. He began the week with a goal and two assists in a 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday, including an assist on Leon Draisaitl’s 200th career goal. McDavid matched his teammate two nights later, reaching the 200-goal milestone as part of a two-goal, one-assist effort in a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes Thursday. Among players to make their League debut with Edmonton, only three required fewer games than McDavid (411 GP) to reach the 200-goal mark with the franchise: Wayne Gretzky (242), Jari Kurri (328) and Glenn Anderson (348). McDavid later posted two assists in a 5-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Friday. The reigning Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner owns the League scoring lead with 13 points (6-7—13) in his first five games, tallying multiple points in each. Only Gretzky has recorded more points through the opening five contests for the Oilers (7-8—15 in 1983-84 and 3-11—14 in 1986-87).
Looking at the other stars from around the league, Kyle Connor’s five goals and three assists over the Winnipeg Jets’ last three games earned him the NHL’s first star of the week. In the third spot, Ilya Sorokin was 3-0-1 with a 0.99 GAA and .971 save% for the New York Islanders.
McDAVID’S SEASON SO FAR