Connor McDavid will probably set a bunch of records before his career in the NHL is over. While he may never top some Wayne Gretzky’s all-time scoring records, the young phenom is arguably already the best player on the planet. On Tuesday night, he earned himself another impressive record when he became the first player to have a hand in the first nine goals of a season for his team.
Sure, it’s a bit of a cherry-picked stat, but McDavid either scored or assisted in every single one the Edmonton Oilers goals this year until they bagged an OT winner (scored by Darnell Nurse) against the Jets on Tuesday. However, McDavid wasn’t about to start celebrating the feat, telling reporters after the game that he wasn’t particularly proud of it.
“You know what? It’s whatever,” McDavid told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “I’m not overly proud of it. I don’t think it’s a stat we should be proud of either. And we found a way to get a goal there at the end, so we don’t ever have to talk about it again.”
He’s sort of right, too. McDavid is great, and the Oilers need him to continue being great in order for them to win hockey games. But he’s also only one man, and if other players don’t step up and offer some offense of their own, the Oilers could be doomed to another disappointing season.
“What do you want me to say?” said head coach Todd McLellan after the game. “He’s the best player on earth.”
Best player on earth aside, Edmonton have only started the season with a 2-2-0 record.