Connor McDavid is living up to his McJesus moniker and Leon Draisaitl is almost living up to his $68 million dollar contract, with each of them reaching the 100 point milestone for the 2018-19 season. The last time this feat was accomplished was almost a decade ago by the Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin in 2009-10.
Currently Draisaitl has 101 points in 77 games played, while McDavid has an absurd 114 points in just 73 games played. The Oilers still have five games left in the regular season.
Connor & Leon are the first teammates with 💯 points each since Ovechkin & Backstrom in 2009-10 & the first #Oilers duo to hit the century mark together since Kurri & Carson in 1988-89. pic.twitter.com/Mhakrhk2tm
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 29, 2019
This is Draisaitl’s first time reaching 100, with his previous high set at 77 in 2016-17. McDavid has surpassed 100 points in each of the two previous seasons–the only time he hasn’t was his rookie year when he played only 45 games.
As NHL PR points out, Ovechkin is the only other active player who has reached 100 points in three consecutive seasons, spanning 2007-08 to 2009-10. Ovechkin had 50 goals in 2009-10 and is projected to reach or surpass that again this season. McDavid has 40 goals and 74 assists–and his 40th goal was a thing of beauty.
Despite their record-making prowess, the Edmonton Oilers have been almost definitely eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As of Friday, according to Micah Blake McCurdy (also known as @innefectivemath on Twitter), the Oilers had just a 0.2% chance of making it to the loffs.
Playoff chances, West and East. pic.twitter.com/TvjpqyGcy3
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) March 29, 2019
Sorry–we meant 0.2% change of making it the playoffs. Our wonderfully funny and shamelessly promoted loffs merchandise is just so distracting! Anyway, all hope isn’t lost for Edmonton! Just 99.8% of it.
Like Backstrom and Ovechkin, McDavid and Draisaitl are locked into long-term contracts, and Edmonton is hoping that eventually they will achieve the same goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
In the meantime, Oilers fans can at least take some joy and solace in watching Draisaitl and McDavid light up the league together.
P.S. – Here’s a video of Ovechkin and Backstrom doing interviews after scoring their 50th goal and 100th point respectively. It’s momentous for the franchise, memorable for the players, andincredibly awkward for all of us..
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