Connor McDavid is already known as the best player in the world but the Edmonton Oilers star is somehow on pace for the best scoring season in decades.
After a four-point night during a 6-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, McDavid now has 81 points in just 46 games.
That makes him the fifth-quickest to score 80 points in a season since 1995-96.
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McDavid has a 15-point lead in the scoring race and is averaging a ridiculous 1.76 points per game. He needs 19 points over the final 10 games (1.9 points per game) to reach the century mark this season.
The last player to average more points per game was Mario Lemieux, who averaged 1.77 points per game in 43 games in 2000-01. McDavid would also have the highest point total since the 1995-96 season, when Lemieux tallied 161 points.
Pro-rated for a full 82-game season, McDavid is on pace for 144 points. That mark would make him the ninth player ever to hit a number that high in a season. The only players to ever score 144+ points in a season are: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Phil Esposito, Bernie Nicholls, Jaromir Jagr, Pat LaFontaine, and Mike Bossy.
McDavid is a shoo-in to win the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, and the Ted Lindsay Award this season. But from a historical perspective, it’s too bad he won’t get a chance to play 82 games.