When the 2020-21 NHL season was finally deemed a go and it was slated to run over the course of 56 games, very few people, if anyone, would have ever imagined a player would reach 100 points in that season. If you had put a wager on whether or not two players might do it, insiders would have called you nuts.
Yet, 11 games into the NHL season, not only is Connor McDavid looking like 100 points could come easily, Leon Draisaitl is making a case that he’s got a good shot at it too.
11 games doesn’t seem like a lot. But, when you consider that the season is now almost 20% complete for the Edmonton Oilers, it’s certainly not too soon to start looking at statistics like this. Not only that, both players are making it nearly impossible not to think about achieving such incredible heights, considering McDavid is on pace for 112 points and Draisaitl for 106. They are quickly distancing themselves from the rest of the NHL scoring race.
The crazy thing is, both players are on this pace having not scored in two of the 11 games the team has played. McDavid didn’t score in the first and third games of the Oilers season and Draisaitl was held pointless in back-to-back games.
Why This Is More Than Possible
In any other situation, seeing these two produce at the clip they are might not have happened. The travel, the variety of opponents and the schedule would have changed the equation in a major way. This season, things are unique.
Not only are the Oilers playing in a North Division that isn’t exactly known for strong defensive team play, they’re getting to build momentum off the back of strong offensive outbursts, play against the same opponents night in and night out and along the way, they’re picking up tricks and working out how to dissect team defenses.
Fans may not see McDavid and Draisaitl produce a combined 11 points in a single game again this year, but the early goings of this season demonstrate that there will be many multiple-point games in the these player’s future.
McDavid needs to score at a clip of about 1.74 points per game over the next 45 games and he’ll hit 100. For Draisaitl, it’s not much more.
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