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TALKING POINTS: Teammates comment on McDavid's incredible milestone

Draisaitl, Smith and Coach Tippett reflect on the Oilers Captain achieving the 500-point milestone in just his 369th NHL game

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EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Captain Connor McDavid collected his 500th career National Hockey League point in his 369th game, becoming the eighth-fastest player to achieve the feat while also tying Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby as the fastest active player to do so.

Hear what McDavid's teammates had to say about the amazing achievement below.

Video: POST-RAW | Dave Tippett 02.17.21

Head Coach Dave Tippett:

"There's been quite a few players that get to 500 but to do it as fast as he's done it and with the company he's done it with is pretty remarkable. It just shows what a talent he is. I know he doesn't look at milestones like that very much but probably later on in life he'll look back and be very proud of some of those milestones he's put forth. He still wants the team milestone ahead of the individual milestone so that's what he's striving for.

"I've been doing these different kinds of stats and stuff for a long time. There's a lot of scoring chances and some different stuff that goes into it. I've been fortunate to have some good teams. In Dallas, we had (Mike) Modano, (Bill) Guerin, (Jason) Arnott, (Pierre) Turgeon and some real good players. I've never seen anything like it (McDavid) in the stats I keep. Not even close."

Goaltender Mike Smith:

Video: POST-RAW | Mike Smith 02.17.21

"Unbelievable. It's been a pleasure to be part of it for the last two years. To see the growth he's had in his game and to see how he just continues to improve and get better is just a feat to him. 

"I played against him for a few years now and it's nice to be on this side of the highlight-reel goals and not on the other side of them. It's definitely a testament to how much work he puts in and how committed to being one of the best players in the world, if not the best. You forget how young he is but it's impressive how 500 comes that quick."

Forward Leon Draisaitl:

Video: POST-RAW | Leon Draisaitl 02.17.21

"It's incredible. He's done it all his career and he's going to continue doing it. We talk enough about his on-ice performances and the way he plays but I think what we're all most impressed by is the way he handles himself off the ice. Just such a humble kid. Just someone you can learn a lot from. We're very lucky and very fortunate to have a guy like that as our leader."

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