Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid becomes sixth-fastest to 600 career points

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Edmonton Oilers’ forward Connor McDavid became the sixth-fastest to reach 600 career points in the team’s 5-4 win over St. Louis on Sunday night.

After being taken with the number one overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid made his highly anticipated NHL debut in St. Louis. It was only fitting that he collected his 600th career point on the road against the Blues six years later.

The play happened in the dying seconds of the first period, with Edmonton trailing 1-0. Defenseman Cody Ceci fed Zach Hyman the puck into space along the right boards, where the former Toronto Maple Leaf skated toward the net. Hyman made a terrific pass back to the slot, finding McDavid, who buried the puck past Jordan Binnington.

“It was a great play. Every time he touches the puck, he’s a force,” the former Hart Trophy winner said of Hyman’s play to set up the goal. “Just got the edge on the guy, and I just tried to put a stick on it.”

The 24-year-old McDavid became the sixth-fastest to reach 600 career points, a list that includes Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny, Mike Bossy and Jari Kurri.

While he doesn’t see the Blues a whole lot each season, he’s been terrific over the course of his career against them. In 16 career games, he has four goals and nine assists on a surprisingly low 8.9 shot percentage.

“It’s a tough rink to play in, they’re a good team. They play hard. It’s always fun to come back to where you started,” McDavid said of the similarities between his first and 600th point.

Of course, he started the effort towards his 700th career point, assisting on Leon Draisaitl‘s 15th goal of the year early in the second period.

The duo of McDavid and Draisaitl seem to have this unspoken chemistry on the ice where each one knows where the other is.

With the Oilers on the man advantage, McDavid skated the puck from right to left, attracting a lot of attention in the process. He ripped a pass over to Draisaitl, who immediately one-timed a blast past Binnington to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.

“He’s been great, he’s been on an absolute tear,” McDavid said of his teammate. “That whole line has been so dominant.”

Draisaitl also had the game-winning assist to Kailer Yamamoto with 28 seconds left in regulation, giving the Oilers a 5-4 lead and their second win in four tries on this five-game roadtrip.

The Oilers will wrap up their roadtrip in Winnipeg on Tuesday.