Connor McDavid became the seventh player in NHL history to have multiple 100-point seasons before his 22nd birthday when he scored a goal and had two assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 7-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Place on Wednesday.
McDavid became the first player to reach 100 points this season. The 21-year-old center joined Wayne Gretzky (4), Dale Hawerchuk (3), Mario Lemieux (3), Sidney Crosby (3), Jimmy Carson (2) and Joe Sakic (2) as the only players to have at least 100 points more than once before turning 22.
With 102 points (40 goals, 62 assists), McDavid is six ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov for first place in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, given to the NHL scoring leader. McDavid has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past four games and 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists) in 28 games since the All-Star break.
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"His game speaks for itself," Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera said.
McDavid is trying to become the first player to win the scoring title in consecutive seasons since Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins won it four times in a row from 1997-98 to 2000-01.
McDavid scored 40 goals for the first time in his NHL career when he scored his first shorthanded goal of the season at 6:06 of the first period. The last Edmonton player to score at least 40 goals in a season was Petr Klima, who had 40 in 1990-91. McDavid scored 30 goals last season, when he led the NHL with 100 points.
He's the first Edmonton player to have consecutive 100-point seasons since Mark Messier and Gretzky did it in 1986-87 and 1987-88. Gretzky exceeded 100 points in each of his nine NHL seasons with the Oilers.
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