There’s one stat this year that demonstrates how Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid grinds out excellence.
When McDavid first came into the league, he possessed much of the speed, finesse and passing and shooting skills with which he now regularly wows the hockey world. That said, he’s improved incrementally in all those showy attacking areas of the game, which is why his points per game has risen from 1.07, 1.22 and 1.32 per game in his first three NHL seasons to 1.52, 1.88 and 1.52 in his three most recent seasons.
This year he’s likely to score his highest ever level of total points, reaching something in the range of 45 to 50 goals and 75 to 80 assists, 120 to 130 points, depending on how his final 10 games go. He’s now got 42 goals and 66 assists for an NHL-best 108 points in 71 games.