Conor McDavid He is expected to play his 500th game in the NHL when Edmonton Oilers face the Washington Capitals at the Capital One Arena on Monday (8 PM ET, SN, TVAS, NBCSWA, ESPN+, SN NOW).
In his first 499 NHL games, the Oilers center has 721 points (251 goals, 470 assists). The 25-year-old has won the Art Ross Trophy, awarded annually to the player who leads the NHL in points, four times, and the Hart Trophy, awarded to League MVP, twice.
But it’s more than just numbers and prizes. The #1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft made more notable plays to count in his NHL career. But which one stands out the most?
We asked a panel of NHL.com authors about their favorite McDavid moment from their first 499 games. Here are their responses.
Never forget your
McDavid set so many notable goals that it’s hard to pick just one. So instead of trying to do that, I just went with No. 1, like in his first National Hockey League goal. It came against the Dallas Stars on October 14, 2015. Despite all the exaggeration he showed throughout his career, this was key to him: Oilers defender Andre Sekera fired from a few feet below the blue line and McDavid redirected the shot from the left circle. . Much like Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and the Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney CrosbyMcDavid scored his first goal in his third NHL game. This is a great company for a player whose greatness was evident from the start. – Tracy Meyers, faculty writer
Back with a vengeance
I’ve always been impressed by McDavid’s ability to let the puck do the work, releasing it for a split second before recovering it at just the right moment and making its way toward the opposing goalkeeper for that magical moment. He did so against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 2, 2016, scoring a goal I will never forget. This came in his return to the squad after he missed 37 previous matches due to a fracture in the left collarbone he suffered three months ago. The decisive goal was the 5-1 victory and came 9:58 in the second half. MacDavid, 19 years old at the time, picked up a puck in the center of the ice, and rushed into the Columbus area (he released the puck for a second after crossing the blue line), splitting between the defensemen Jack Johnson And Justin Falk, then the goalkeeper Jonas Korpisalu Before moving the disc in an open network. He received a warm welcome during the goal celebration. “ – Mike J. Moriale, faculty writer
McDavid’s goals get a lot of attention, but his passes have also been amazing. One I will always remember is the helper in a file pat maroon A goal against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on October 19, 2017. McDavid skated toward the Blackhawks’ goal quickly, drawing in defenders Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. McDavid faked a shot, pulled the ball and rolled it back into a forehand, made a spin, then passed it with a backhand to a wide open Maroon who overtook her into the goalkeeper’s post. Anton Forsberg. The goal tied 1-1 at 17:18 of the first period. Edmonton won 2-1 in overtime with a goal by Mark Letisto and assisted by Oscar Cliffbaum and McDavid. – William Douglas, team writer
win the battle
McDavid started to shake his fists as he skated toward the center of the ice. He just scored a winning goal in overtime, with a shot off the post, an infrequent occurrence for the other star. But this means much more than that. At 5:03 p.m. overtime in Game Five of the Western Conference’s second round on May 26, 2022, McDavid buried the goal that would send the Oilers to the conference final for the first time since 2006, with a chance to compete for Stanley Cup. And not only that, he did so against the Calgary Flames in the last bit of the Battle of Alberta. Although the Oilers swept in the Western Conference final, it was a step forward for MacDavid and the most important goal (so far) of his career. – Amali Benjamin, Staff Writer
The joy of the six
It was one of those games when everything MacDavid touched seemed to turn to gold. By the end of the first half, he had two goals and two assists, and the Oilers were 4-1 ahead of the Colorado Avalanche. MacDavid added another goal and assist in the second half for his second hat-trick in three games and the first six-point game of his career in a 6-2 win at Rogers Place on November 14, 2019. With six points through two. Periods, it looks like McDavid may be on his way to matching or outperforming Sam WinThe eight-point game with the Oilers against the Blackhawks on February 2, 2012. But the Oilers took a foot away from the gas in Game Three, with McDavid playing 4:14 and still playing hard with a chance to add to his total (Edmonton was 4 vs 6 for the game). It was still an unforgettable night (Leon Drysittel had five assists) and another chapter in McDavid’s growing legend. – Tom Giuliti, faculty writer
Even McDavid couldn’t believe what he had done. That was good, his goal against the New York Rangers on November 5, 2021. The Rangers took a 5-4 lead in the third inning, the clock was running out, and he came close to less than three minutes to play. Edmonton defenseman Tyson Barry A shot rang off the post and the puck came out to the right spot, where McDavid picked it up. Instead of immediately turning back, carry the dial to the neutral, look up, reset, wait and take off. Dryden Hunt He extended his hand with his stick. Avoid the McDavid check. Jacob’s oven receipt. Avoid McDavid. Hanging outside inward Julien Gautier. from this point, Kevin Rooney He was standing straight behind the spectator MacDavid. Gauthier arrived. Too late. MacDavid hits a forehand and a backhand and Alexander Georgiev He didn’t have a bullet. This was lovely, MacDavid, on his own, dangling through four Rangers to score. The look on his face said it all. “I was a little surprised,” McDavid said on the NHLTheRink podcast. “I just tried to make my play. That’s what I did.” That’s it. rare. Oh, and Edmonton won 6-5 in overtime. – Dan Rosen, senior writer
My colleagues have many McDavid highlights, so I’m going to zoom out and admire his body of work. McDavid faced the highest expectations even before the Oilers selected him No. 1 in the 2015 NHL Draft. He was gifted as a next-generation talent and compared to Crosby. Well, he lived up to that, and maybe even surpassed it, if that’s even possible. Is there any comparison between McDavid’s unique combination of skill and speed? Through 499 regular season NHL games, he has 721 points. Four times, he won the scoring title. Three times, he was named the best player by his peers. He was voted twice as the best player by the writers, and has reached the award two more times. Oh, and in 37 Stanley Cup playoffs, he has 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists). Absolute dominance, and he still has a lot to go for. – Nicholas C. Kotsuneka, columnist