This past couple month, we’ve seen Connor McDavid play some of the best hockey of his young career which seems bizarre to say considering how dominant he has been since coming into the league.
Since January 11th, the Edmonton Oilers captain has been racking up the points jumping from 10th in league with scoring with 48 points to number 1 with 99 on March 25th. During that spell, fans have been watching him not only distribute the puck in classic McDavid style but also light up the lamp multi times a night. Right now, McDavid sits on 39 goals, a career high, with six games remaining this campaign.
He’s obviously going to his 100 points that’s not even a question. The real question is, could Connor McDavid score 50 goals this season?
At this point last season, the Hart trophy winner was sitting at 225 shots with 27 goals. Right now, McDavid has 251 shots with 39 goals with nine of those coming in his last ten games. In those ten games, he’s been scoring on every fourth shot on goal.
In the Oilers final six games they’ll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Vancouver Canucks twice, Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild, and Las Vegas Golden Knights. In the past, we’ve seen McDavid score memorable goals against these teams from his dangling threw the Blue Jackets defence in his rookie season to put his elite speed display against the Flames in the season opener. This season, in 12 games against the final five opponents Captain Connor has eight goals. As for his career, McDavid has faced those teams 37 times combined scoring 22 goals. The ratios may not be the greatest, but we’ve also never seen him shoot as well and as much as he is right now.
He scored one against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday and now sits at an even 40 goals. He needs to average two goals a game from now until the end of the season.
As for his opponents, McDavid has only not scored against the Vancouver Canucks this year in two attempts and only has a single assist. He’s scored well against the other three, though, with three in four against the Flames, two in two versus the Wild, and two in three when matched up against the Golden Knights. The goaltending in both Vegas and Minnesota could prove to be a roadblock, but even with that being said it hasn’t effected McDavid much in the past.
Is it a stretch for this to happen? Maybe, but we are also talking about the best player in the world right now.