Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid joins elite company with 500th point

Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid #97 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid #97 (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid eclipsed the 500 career points mark last night, and in doing so joined some elite company. With his assist on Jesse Puljujarvi‘s goal in last night’s 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, Connor McDavid earned his 500th career point in just 369 games – placing him in the top ten fastest players to reach that mark.

McDavid had two assists on the night as the Edmonton Oilers improved to a 10-8-0 record this season, keeping his team third in the North Division and on track to make the playoffs. The victory makes the captain’s historic achievement that much more enjoyable, but so should the record that he tied in the process.

Connor McDavid Joins Legends In Scoring Record

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With 171 goals and 330 assists in 369 games, McDavid reached the coveted half-millennium in the exact same number of games as a guaranteed future hall of famer still currently playing in the league – Sidney Crosby.

McDavid has regularly been drawn in comparisons with Sid the Kid, from going first overall to being the best player in the sport in the same way that Crosby was early in his career, and those comparisons will continue after this.

The pair now hold the eighth-fastest rate to score 500 points in NHL history, joining a list of all-time greats that include Wayne Gretzky (234 games), Mario Lemieux (287 games) and another Oilers legend Jarri Kurri (356 games).

Seeing McDavid reach this achievement is unsurprising, with the 24-year-old phenom continuing to score at an outrageous rate this season, with nine goals and 32 points in just 18 games played so far.

McDavid leads the NHL in total points, with teammate Leon Draisaitl sitting second with ten goals and 28 total points in that same stretch – with the Oilers captain currently on pace to score between an astonishing 99 and 100 points in this shortened 56-game season. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native is the undoubted greatest player in the sport right now, and this individual record is just another in a long line of achievements still to come across what is already shaping up to be a hall of fame career.

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Now, it’s up to the Edmonton Oilers hierarchy to do everything in their power to get McDavid to the Stanley Cup final and give him the team silverware he truly deserves, especially with the unique all-Canadian playoff series leading to the NHL’s Conference Finals giving the Oilers a better than average chance at success.