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A Recap Of McDavid’s Historic Season

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Photo credit:Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Gregor
11 months ago
Connor McDavid’s 2023 regular season was the best we’ve seen in the past 25 years and one of the best in NHL history. He joined some exclusive company and set multiple personal bests with 64 goals, 89 assists, and 153 points.
— He became the sixth player in NHL history to record 150 points in a season and the first since 1996. Wayne Gretzky reached 150 points a remarkable nine times, Mario Lemieux did it four times, while Steve Yzerman (155), Phil Esposito (152), and Bernie Nicholls (150) are also in the club. Only 17 times in league history has a player reached the 150-point plateau.
— He is the 23rd player to score 60 goals in a season. Gretzky and Mike Bossy (5x), Lemieux and Esposito (4x), Brett Hull (3x), Pavel Bure, Jari Kurri and Yzerman (2x) and Jaromir Jagr, Guy Lafleur, Reggie Leach, Dennis Maruk, Auston Matthews, Lanny MacDonald, Alex Mogilny, Bernie Nicholls, Alex Ovechkin, David Pastrnak, Luc Robitaille, Teemu Selanne, Steve Shutt and Steven Stamkos did it once. He is one of 13 players to score 64+ goals and the first since Ovechkin had 65 in 2008.
— He became the 13th player to tally 89+ assists in a season. Gretzky (13x), Lemieux (4x), Bobby Orr (3x), Bobby Clarke, Adam Oates, Joe Thornton (2x) and Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Doug Gilmour, Pat Lafontaine, Peter Stastny and Yzerman did it once.
— He joined Lemieux (3x) as the only players in NHL history with 70+ power play points. McDavid had 71. Lemieux had 80, 79 and 79.
— He is the 16th player to score 100 points in six different seasons. He’s also the second youngest to reach the century mark six times.
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Sidney CrosbyMike BossyMarcel DionneMario LemieuxWayne Gretzky
Connor McDavidPeter Stastny
Phil Esposito
Dale Hawerchuk
Jari Kurri
Guy Lafleur
Mark Messier
Bobby Orr
Joe Sakic
Bryan Trottier
Steve Yzerman
He has a very realistic chance to surpass Lemieux and finish second on this list. He might even push Gretzky considering elite players remain at the top of their games longer nowadays. Nine more seasons of 100+ points doesn’t seem crazy for McDavid. He and Crosby are the only active players on the list.
— He is the ninth player in league history to win the Hart (most valuable player) trophy three times:
Gretzky won it nine times between 1980-1989. He won eight in a row, before finishing second in 1988.
Gordie Howe won it six times from 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958 1960 and 1963.
Eddie Shore won it four times in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938.
Howie Morenz (1928, 1931, 1932), Orr (1971, 1972, 1973), Bobby Clarke (1973, 1975, 1976), Lemieux (1988, 1993, 1996), Alex Ovechkin (2008, 2009, 2013) and McDavid (2017, 2021 and 2023) each won it three times.
— He joined Gretzky (5x) as the only players to win the Ted Lindsay Trophy (most outstanding player) four times. McDavid won it in 2017, 2018, 2021, and this season. Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin, Lemieux, and Lafleur won it three times since the award was handed out in 1971.
— He won his fifth Art Ross trophy (leading scorer). Only Gretzky (10x), Howe, and Lemieux (6x) have more, while Esposito, Jagr, and McDavid have five each. An Oiler player has won it 13 times. Pittsburgh holds the NHL record with 15 seasons with the leading scorer.
— He reached 100 points for the fourth consecutive season.
Four 100 + pt seasonsFive 100+ pt seasonsSix 100+ pt seasons13 seasons with 100+ points
Brett HullMarcel DionneMike BossyWayne Gretzky
Connor McDavidPhil EspositoGuy Lafleur
Dale HawerchukMario Lemieux
Jari KurriBobby Orr
Bryan TrottierPeter Stastny
Steve Yzerman
If the 2019-2020 season didn’t end abruptly due to COVID, McDavid would be at eight consecutive seasons with 100 points. He had 100+points in 2017-2019, then had 97 in 64 games in 2020, before scoring 100+ points the past four seasons.

THIS AND THAT….

Ken Holland will take the next few days and decide if the Oilers will qualify Klim Kostin. Holland mentioned Kostin has some offers from the KHL, so not qualifying him would seem like a negotiation tactic. Not qualifying him means Kostin can’t file for arbitration. Scoring 11 goals and 21 points in 57 games could net him upwards of $1.5m from an arbitrator and the Oilers would prefer to sign him closer to $1m.
I wrote about Max Comtois not getting qualified a few weeks ago, and it sounds like Anaheim won’t be qualifying him at $2.5m. He would be a good replacement for Kostin, if he opts to sign in the KHL.
Holland is still working the phones looking for a Kailer Yamamoto trade. If he doesn’t find one, then expect them to put him on waivers on Thursday and be bought out on Friday.
Mark Schiefele to Detroit for the ninth overall pick and something else makes a lot of sense to me. Cam Neely said the Bruins are planning not to have Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci next year, which makes them a prime candidate to acquire Schiefele. Would a Brandon Carlo and Jeremy Swayman package make sense for Winnipeg and Boston? I think it could, especially with the Jets needing to trade Connor Hellebuyck.
If San Jose doesn’t draft Matvei Michkov at #4, they will regret it for many years.
The Oilers’ schedule came out todayThey play Calgary in the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday, October 29th.
They have two extended breaks during the season. They don’t play between December 1st-5th and then are off January 28th to February 5th, which is an extended All-Star break.
They have a six-game home stand from December 6th to 16th, and a six-game road trip from December 19th to the 31st, with the Christmas break (23rd to 27th off) in the middle.
They don’t play back-to-back until December 21st and 22nd against the Devils and Rangers. They have nine other sets of BTB games for a total of 10.
December 30th and 31st in LA and Anaheim.
February 9th and 10th in Anaheim and LA.
February 23rd and 24th at home v. Minnesota and Calgary.
March 2nd in Seattle and March 3rd at home v. Pittsburgh.
March 9th and 10th in Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
March 23rd and 24th in Toronto and Ottawa.
April 5th v. Colorado and 6th in Calgary.
April 12th and 13th at home v. Arizona and Vancouver.
April 17th and 18th in Arizona and Colorado.
They have three sets of BTB in their final eight games of the season. Not ideal.

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