EDMONTON — Connor McDavid scored his 500th NHL point with an assist for the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.
“It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I guess it’s a little milestone, and it’s always fun to check those off,” McDavid told Sportsnet before the game.
The center did so in his 369th NHL game, the same number it took Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby to reach the milestone, which is eighth-fastest in history.
“It’s pretty funny to think about,” McDavid said. “Anytime you can be in the same breath as a guy like that, it’s pretty special. So, yeah, I mean it’s funny how it works out sometimes.”
McDavid had an assist on a goal by Jesse Puljujarvi 3:45 into the first period.
McDavid is the 18th NHL player to score 500 points in fewer than 400 games. Wayne Gretzky is fastest, reaching 500 points in 234 games, and Mario Lemieux is second at 287 games.
Former Oilers forward Jari Kurri is sixth at 356 games, behind Peter Stastny (322), Mike Bossy (349) amd Eric Lindros (352). Bryan Trottier is seventh at 362 games.
McDavid at 24 years old is the 21st NHL player, and third active, with Crosby and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, to score 500 points prior to his 25th birthday. (Ovechkin scored 500 points in 373 games.)
McDavid leads the NHL with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 17 games this season. He has scored at least 100 points in three of the past four seasons, and scored 97 points (34 goals, 63 assists) in 64 games last season before play was paused due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
Through 369 games, McDavid has scored 500 points (171 goals, 329 assists), 133 even-strength goals, 342 even-strength points, 35 power-play goals, three shorthanded goals, eight overtime goals, 36 game-winning goals, and has a 14.9 percent shooting percentage.
Through Crosby’s first 369 games, he scored 501 points (181 goals, 320 assists), 124 even-strength goals, 286 even-strength points, 55 power-play goals, two shorthanded goals, five overtime goals, 22 game-winning goals, and had a 14.7 percent shooting percentage. He scored his 500th point on April 8, 2010.
Crosby has scored 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 14 games this season. The 33-year-old has scored 1,275 points (467 goals, 808 assists) in 998 games and won the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017).
“He’s been so successful in this league and has done everything that I want to do,” McDavid said this week. “He’s a great guy to follow. He’s kind of done everything he’s set his mind to. He wanted to get better in face-offs and he’s done that, he wanted to score more goals and he did that. I think there is definitely lots of lessons in his game because his game has changed over the years and he does whatever he can to be successful.”
NHL.com independent correspondent Derek Van Diest contributed to this report