Tonight, against the Colorado Avalanche, Connor McDavid scored his second hat trick in five days. That gives him 14 goals for the season. He’s driving his team along with his winger Leon Draisaitl. Even for McDavid, it’s a good season.
In this post, I want to take a look at every goal McDavid has scored from the October 2 season opener to last night’s (November 14) hat-trick game. McDavid has scored 41 goals in each of his last two seasons and has scored at least 100 points during the last three seasons. However, it looks as if this season might be one of his best. Not only is he scoring, but the team is winning as well.
Here are his 14 goals for the season.
Goal 1: October 2
Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal in Edmonton’s season opener with just over five minutes left in the game. At the time, it wasn’t clear if McDavid would even play. But, he did: and, he scored.
Goal 2: October 5
McDavid scored a goal and had three assists in a 6-5 win against the Los Angeles Kings. The goal was interesting because, as McDavid was trying to pass to a teammate the puck bounced off a defenseman’s skate and into the net during the first minute of the game. Sometimes you get lucky, and this was one of those times.
Goal 3: October 10
McDavid scored a goal and an assist in this 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. It was his third goal and his 10th point in just four games.
Goal 4: October 12
In this game against the New York Rangers, McDavid again scored the winning goal and added an assist. This was the Oilers’ fifth straight win, giving the team a great start to the season. Interestingly, they were trailing in each game but won them all. In those five games, the Oilers center had racked up four goals and 12 points on an incredible 2-points-per-game average.
Goal 5: October 16
In this game, McDavid scored a goal and added four assists in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. He completely dominated the game with his five points, and when he was finished his totals were six goals and 12 assists in seven games.
Goal 6: October 24
McDavid scored a goal and added two assists to help the Oilers’ 4-3 win in overtime against the Washington Capitals. Although he had started the season on-fire, prior to this game he had not scored in three games. It was only the second time in McDavid’s career he had gone three games without a single point. Although he had slowed down, he remained at a 2-point-per-game pace with six goals and 20 points in 11 contests this season.
Goal 7: November 4
McDavid scored his seventh goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. This goal was an individual rush past the entire Coyotes’ defense to give the Oilers the lead only two minutes into the game. These points gave McDavid seven goals and 24 points. Although I haven’t talked at all about McDavid’s partner Leon Draisaitl in this post, it would be remiss not to suggest that he – actually – was ahead of McDavid in scoring. He had at this point 13 goals and 14 assist (for 27 points), which was three points ahead of McDavid.
Goal 8: November 6
Although the Oilers lost 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues, McDavid scored a goal and had an assist. He’s been scoring early in the game, and this game was no exception. His power-play goal was in the first three minutes of period one. After this game, the Oilers captain had scored eight goals and had 26 points in 17 games.
Goal 9, 10 & 11: November 10
In the 6-2 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks, McDavid had his fifth career hat trick and his 45th career game where he scored three or more points. The game was also a milestone for McDavid because he passed the 400-point mark for his career. As well, McDavid and partner Draisaitl (who also scored his 14 goals and 20 assists) became only the fifth set of teammates during the past 25 years to score 30 points before their team’s 20th game.
Goal 12, 13 & 14: November 14
During his most recent game, McDavid again scored three goals and three assists, as the Oilers blew out the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. What was interesting about this game was the 22-year-old McDavid had an amazing first period – is there a pattern here – where he scored two power-play goals and added two assists. His hat-trick goal came during the second period – again on a power play. At this point in his season, McDavid has now scored 14 goals, 23 assists, for 37 points.
What’s Next for Connor McDavid?
It’s hard to think McDavid can keep up this torrid scoring pace; then, it’s hard to think – with all his skill and talent – that he won’t. He’s more than one-third of his way towards the 100-point mark and the season isn’t even one-quarter complete.
It will be fun to see where he and his pal Leon will end up this season in scoring, they might even lap the field – whatever that equates to in hockey.