Connor McDavid Milestones: Oilers phenom scores 300th career goal, breaks Gretzky record

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid continues to enjoy a historic 2022-23 season, hitting two more milestones in Thursday’s 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

McDavid scored his 300th career goal, becoming the fifth player in NHL history to have 300 goals and 500 assists before playing 600 career games, accomplishing the feat in just 481 games.

The third-period marker, his 61st of the season, also gave McDavid his fifth different 10-game scoring streak of the season and broke Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record of four in the 1986-87 season.

On Thursday, the Oilers celebrated more than personal achievements as they jumped a point ahead of the Kings to second place in the Pacific Division and two behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first place. Both the Kings and the Golden Knights have a game on their hands against the Oilers.

No one has been able to contain McDavid this season as he tops the league with 61 goals and 144 points in 76 games and is averaging a career-high 1.89 points per game. Even with six games remaining, the sport’s most dominant player has already pulled off some notable feats, including:

  • Set career highs on goals, assists and points

  • He became the fastest skater since Pavel Bure in 1999-2000 to score 40 goals in a single season, fourth fastest at 50 since 1995-96

  • To tie Sidney Crosby for the most 100-point seasons (six) by an active NHL player and achieve that feat in just eight seasons, 10 fewer than Crosby

  • Overtake Nikita Kucherov (128) for most points in a single season during the salary cap era beginning in 2005-06

  • He became the first player since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96 to score more than 130 points in a season.

  • Recorded 5th fastest pace (545 games) for 800 career points, 6th fastest (488) for 700 points

  • Alongside Alexander Mogilny (1992-93), Mario Lemieux (1988-89), Punch Broadbent (1921-22) and Joe Malone (1920-21), he was alongside Alexander Mogilny (1992-93), Mario Lemieux (1988-89) the only skater to have accomplished this feat

  • He passed Ryan Smyth (296) for the sixth all-time scoring goal in franchise history and one spot behind Draisaitl for fifth

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid (97) celebrates after scoring his 300th career goal in the third third against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson – USA TODAY Sports)

Upcoming milestones to watch

While McDavid’s 2022-23 performance can already be cemented as one of the greatest in NHL history, the Oilers captain could still add a few more accomplishments to his resume before the regular season wraps up next month.

The five-time All-Star, who has 66 goals, is just five goals behind Alex Ovechkin (65) for most goals in a season this century.

McDavid is also on track with 156 points, positioning him to join the “150 Club” which includes Gretzky, Lemieux, Bernie Nicholls, Steve Yzerman and Phil Esposito. Lemieux became the youngest skater to reach that historic threshold, scoring 161 points in 70 games in 1995–96.

In just his eighth NHL season, McDavid is widely regarded as the favorite for his third MVP award this summer, his second in three seasons. That would tie him with Ovechkin, Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Bobby Clarke and Howie Morenz as players who have a Hart Trophies hat trick.

Only three players in NHL history have won more than three: Gretzky (nine), Gordie Howe (six), and Eddie Shore (four). But at 26, there’s still plenty of time for McDavid to appear alongside these Hall of Fame icons.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native is set to add a new addition to his trophy cabinet in 2022-23: the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, as he currently sits eight goals ahead of second-place finisher David Pastrnak. He also leads the Art Ross race by a wide margin, 27 points ahead of Draisaitl.

However, McDavid undoubtedly has his sights set on a much bigger accomplishment, his first Stanley Cup title, which would crown the Oilers as their first Canadian champions since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

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