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Will McDavid be the first after Gretzky and Lemieux? All about the NHL superstar’s new record

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:41:43

Will McDavid be the first after Gretzky and Lemieux? All about the NHL superstar’s new record

Dmitry Storozhev April 16, 2024, 10:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

It won’t be possible to catch Kucherov in the scoring race, but Connor seems to have the advantage in the assists race.

Connor McDavid missed three Edmonton games to make a triumphant return: the Oilers captain scored the puck just 53 seconds into the game against San Jose, and late in the second period he helped Zach Hyman score, scoring his point 132 of the season. In the race for Art Ross, this will no longer help him: Connor missed too much time (yes, even three matches in this battle is a lot), and even before the injury, he lost Nikita Kucherov and Nathan MacKinnon by a long way. Therefore, an award for the most productive player will definitely not receive a regular season.

The goal in the fight for Art Ross:

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However, there is one indicator by which McDavid is ahead of both: Hyman’s assist was his 100th (!) this regular season. The Canadian became the first player of the 21st century to reach this mark; Kucherov could have done it a little earlier today, but in the game against Buffalo he only had one assist and stopped at 99 successful passes so far. He’ll still have a chance to join Connor in the final game of the season with Toronto, but for now McDavid is the only hockey player in the last 33 years to reach triple-digit assists in a “problem-free” championship.

The last player before the Oilers forward to do this was, what a surprise, Wayne Gretzky. In the 1990/1991 season, as a hockey player for Los Angeles, he scored 122 assists. The record for assists in a regular season (he makes a surprised face again) also belongs to him: in the 1985/1986 season, Gretzky helped his Edmonton teammates score up to 163 times. For 80 games! Do you know who is in second place in this indicator? And the third? Fifth? Seventh? You have a try.

No.PlayerClubSeasonMatchesAssists1Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton” 1985/1986801632Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton” 1984/1985801353Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton” 1982/1983801254Wayne Gretzky “Los Angeles” 1990/1991781225Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton” 198 6/19 87791216Wayne Gretzky”Edmonton”1981/1982801207Wayne Gretzky”Edmonton”1983 /1984741188Mario Lemieux “Pittsburgh”1988/1989761149Wayne Gretzky “Los Angeles”1988/19897811410Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton”1987/19886410911Wayne Gretzky “Edmonton”1980/19818010912Wayne Gretz ky Los Angeles1989/19907310213Bobby OrrBoston1970/19717810214Connor McDavid* Edmonton 2023/20247510015Nikita Kucherov*Tampa Bay 2023 /20248099

* – current season

Gretzky’s dominance is, of course, surprising, but it’s good to see that history is being made right now: Previously only three players reached the 100 assist mark, and this season two can do it at once. Or rather, he has already made one; Let’s hope Kucherov joins this list. But before the 2023/2024 regular season, not a single player in the 21st century gave even 90 assists; Now two superstars of the league have confidently surpassed this milestone.

McDavid may even become the first after Gretzky and Lemieux: unlike Kucherov, Connor can take the ice in two more regular season games, and the task of giving at least two, or even three assists in them seems more than realistic. In theory, Nikita also has a chance to at least catch up with Orr: Tampa’s number 86 has already shown more than once that scoring an assist hat-trick is not something out of the ordinary for him.

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