Over time, 100-point seasons in the NHL have been harder to come by. There have only been 15 100-point seasons over the past decade, which isn’t all that much, especially when compared to the 21 players that managed to record 100-plus points in 1992-93 alone.
This season, two players have already found their way into the triple-digit club. Nikita Kucherov hit the mark in February and has been on such a tear that he’s on pace for over 130 points, which would be the most in a single season since Mario Lemieux had 161 in 1995-96. Meanwhile, Connor McDavid registered his 100th point earlier this week.
Ten players can finish the season with 100 points, but, realistically, five more players could reach the century mark before the season is through, the first time that’s happened since 2006-07. McDavid would have only been 10 back then.
Goals are much harder to come by these days, which makes getting 100 points in a season today a huge accomplishment. Here are eight players that are on pace to finish the year with at least 100 points before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (99 points)
With just one point needed to hit 100, Kane is on the verge of reaching the mark for the second time in his career. In 2015-16, Kane led the NHL with 106 points, earning him the Art Ross Trophy and league MVP honors. If it wasn’t for Kucherov’s incredible season, Kane would be looking at adding a second MVP trophy to his collection. Set to play Montreal Saturday, Kane could be primed to hit the mark. He had two goals against the Habs in December and is on a four-game point streak, so there’s a good chance he can get his 100th point of the season in Montreal.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (92 points)
Crosby has recorded 100-plus points five times in his career, but hasn’t managed to do so since his league-leading 104 points won him the Hart Trophy in 2013-14. The Penguins look to be out of wild-card danger for now, but with top spot in the Metropolitan still up for grabs, the Penguins will rely on Crosby in the next 12 games, starting with St. Louis Saturday afternoon. If he does hit 100, it’ll be a far cry from his 120-point sophomore season in 2006-07, but will further cement him as arguably the greatest of his generation.
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (91 points)
Gaudreau has been a major factor in the Flames’ incredible success this season. Gaudreau was held off the scoresheet for three consecutive games last week but a three-goal, six-point performance against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday got ‘Johnny Hockey’ right back on track. Gaudreau has the chance to cap off the year with the first 100-point campaign of his six-year career, and if he keeps this up, he might be able to help Calgary make this campaign unforgettable.
Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers (89 points)
Most of the attention surrounding Edmonton has to do with McDavid, but Draisaitl is having a career year, registering 89 points in 70 games. Prior to Edmonton’s loss to the Devils on Wednesday, Draisaitl was in the midst of a 14-game point streak, recording multiple points in seven of them. Draisaitl’s game has improved significantly since his 77-point campaign two years ago, and if he doesn’t hit 100 points this year, you can bank on him managing the feat in the next few years. Barring a miracle, Edmonton won’t qualify for the playoffs this season, but Draisaitl and Co. could still play spoiler for teams near the cutoff over the next 12 games.
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (89 points)
On pace for 103 points to close out the season, MacKinnon has had an unstoppable season with Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog by his side for much of the year. Coming off a career-best 97-point season, MacKinnon hasn’t slowed down in pursuit of making the playoffs for the third time in his six-year career. Colorado has to deal with other wild-card teams down the stretch run while fighting to keep their own season alive, and with Landeskog out for the remainder of the season, MacKinnon will have a tough time trying to hit 100 points for the first time in his career. But with 26 multi-point games this year, anything is still possible.
Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche (87 points)
Rantanen will need a couple of multi-point games if he wants to hit 100 points, but with 23 of them this season, that’s possible. Regardless, it has been a remarkable season for Rantanen, who recently surpassed last season’s then-career-best, 84-point output.
Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning (86 points)
Given how dominant Tampa has been as a whole, it’s easy to forget that Point could be the second Lightning player to hit 100 points this year. At the moment, he has 20 more points than his total from last season. His future his extremely bright.
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets (86 points)
Wheeler has led the charge for one of the top Stanley Cup contenders, aging like a fine wine and playing some of the best hockey of his career. Even if he doesn’t hit 100 points, Wheeler should finish with the best numbers of his career, topping his previous high, 91 points, which he hit last season.