On February 21, Edmonton Oilers’ center Connor McDavid recorded his 800th point in his 545th career game, making him the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to reach 800 points – the other four NHL players are Wayne Gretzky (352 games), Mario Lemieux (410), Mike Bossy (525) and Peter Stastny (531).
The incredible moment came in a Tuesday night game against the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid had 799 career points entering the game, but his team was down 2-1 entering the third period and he had yet to record a point. That changed 7 minutes into the period with an assist to Leon Draisaitl on the power play.
Not only did that assist tie the game up and give McDavid 800 points, but the goal by Draisaitl marked his 700th career point – two NHL players achieving worthy milestones on the same play! McDavid went on to score 12:39 into the period and again 17:35 into the period to give his Oilers a 4-2 win over the Flyers.
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NHL Players Who Might Reach 800 Points Soon
Connor McDavid reaching 800 points in 545 games is nothing short of amazing – that’s 1.47 points per game in a league where most NHL players struggle to average 1.0 point per game. He’s not letting up, either. As of March 14, McDavid now has 826 points in 555 games – an average of 1.49 points per game.
He joins elite company as one of just 181 NHL players to record 800 career points and one of just 4 NHL players to record their 800th point during the 2022-23 season – the other three being Brad Marchand (November 5, 2022), Jamie Benn (December 21, 2022), and Brent Burns (December 22, 2022).
Recording 800 career points isn’t something that happens often and, while we might not see it happen again this season, the four NHL players listed above certainly won’t be the last to achieve it. In fact, there are 21 NHL players currently within 160 points of that milestone – let’s meet who those NHL players are!
21. Jordan Staal – 640 points
Jordan Staal was drafted by the PIttsburgh Penguins with the No. 2 overall pick (1st round) in 2006. He’s currently playing in his 17th season in the NHL and 11th season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has scored 274 goals and dished 366 assists for 640 total points in 1,157 games since entering the league.
Staal has recorded at least 40 points in eight seasons and had a career-high 50 points with the Penguins during the 2011-12 season. Through 65 games this season, he has 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points. Nearing the end of his career, he might not have enough time to reach the 800-point mark before retiring.
20. Artemi Panarin – 643 points
Artemi Panarin joined the NHL in 2015 when he was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks out of the KHL in Russia. He’s currently playing in his eighth season in the NHL and fourth season with the New York Rangers. He has scored 207 goals and dished 436 assists for 643 points in just 575 games played.
Panarin has recorded at least 74 points in all-but-one season since entering the league – the lone season being the shortened 2020-21 season when he had 58 points in 42 games. At the rate he’s recording points, we can expect him to reach the 800-point milestone during the 2024-25 season, if not sooner.
19. Max Pacioretty – 645 points
Max Pacioretty was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the No. 22 overall pick (1st round) in 2007. He’s currently playing in his 15th season in the NHL and first season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has 326 goals and 319 assists for 645 points in 855 games played, but only played five games this season.
Pacioretty can regularly put up 30+ goals and 65+ points per season when healthy. Unfortunately, he only played 39 games in 2021-22 and just five games in 2022-23 due to injury. Being 155 points away from that coveted 800-point milestone, he’ll need at least three more seasons to get there – healthy seasons.
18. Victor Hedman – 646 points
Victor Hedman was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 2 overall pick (1st round) in 2009. He’s currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL – all of which have been spent with the Lightning. He has 140 goals and 506 assists for 646 points in 961 games, which is quite impressive for a defenseman.
Hedman had a career year last season with 20 goals, 65 assists, and 85 points – all of which were career highs for him. Those numbers are down a bit this year with just 6 goals and 37 assists through 63 games, but he should have no problem reaching the 800-point milestone during the 2025-26 season, if healthy.
17. Jordan Eberle – 647 points
Jordan Eberle was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 22 overall pick (2nd round) in 2008. He’s currently playing in his 13th season in the NHL and second season with the Seattle Kraken. He has scored 277 goals and dished 370 assists for 647 points in 925 games played since entering the league.
Eberle is having quite the season in 2022-23 with 15 goals, 37 assists, and 52 points through 67 games – it’s the most points he had in a single season since 2017-18, when he had 59 points in 81 games. If he can keep this up, then he should hit the 800-point milestone at some point during the 2025-26 season.
16. Ryan Suter – 658 points
Ryan Suter was drafted by the Nashville Predators with the No. 7 overall pick (1st round) in 2003. He’s currently playing in his 18th season and second season with the Dallas Stars after two long stints with the Predators and Minnesota Wild. He has 102 goals and 556 assists for 658 points in 1,348 games played.
Suter has never scored more than nine goals in a single season, but he’s a defenseman – so he’s not expected to. While I don’t expect him to reach the 800-point milestone, any defenseman who can get within 150 points of that mark is doing pretty well for himself. He’ll definitely reach 700 points, though.
15. Jonathan Huberdeau – 658 points
Jonathan Huberdeau was drafted by the Florida Panthers with the No. 3 overall pick (1st round) in 2011. He’s currently playing in his 11th season in the NHL and first season with the Calgary Flame after playing 10 years with the Panthers. He has 212 goals, 446 assists, and 658 points in 736 career games played.
Huberdeau is coming off an incredible season in 2021-22 where he tied a career-high with 30 goals and set new career-highs with 85 assists (led the NHL) and 115 points. Those numbers are down to just 14 goals and 31 assists this year, but he should have no problem reaching 800 points in the 2024-25 season.
14. T.J. Oshie – 666 points
T.J. Oshie was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the No. 24 overall pick (1st round) in 2005. He’s currently playing in his 15th season in the NHL and eighth season with the Capitals after spending seven years with the Blues. He has 288 goals, 378 assists, and 666 points in 950 career games played.
Oshie has recorded at least 50 points in six different seasons, but he hasn’t done it since 2018-19. He only played in 44 games last season and totaled just 25 points in those games, but is doing better this season. If he can get back on track, he should be able to reach 800 points during the 2025-26 season.
13. Johnny Gaudreau – 671 points
Johnny Gaudreau was drafted by the Calgary Flames with the No. 104 overall pick (4th round) in 2011. He’s currently playing in his 10th season in the NHL and first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets after spending nine years with the Flames. He has 227 goals, 444 assists, and 671 points in 666 games.
Gaudreau is coming off the best season of his career in 2021-22, finishing the year with 40 goals, 75 assists, and 115 points in 82 games – all of which are career-highs. His numbers are down this season, but he still has 62 points through 64 games. At this rate, he’ll have 800 points during the 2024-25 season.
12. Kris Letang – 684 points
Kris Letang was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 62 overall pick (3rd round) in 2005. He’s currently playing in his 17th season in the NHL – all of which were spent with the Penguins. He has 154 goals, 530 assists, and 684 points in 990 career games played, which is impressive for a defenseman.
Letang has recorded at least 40 points in nine seasons and at least 50 points in six seasons – including a career-high 58 assists and 68 points last year. If he can continue to get at least 40 points each season, then he could reach the 800-point milestone during the 2025-26 season – if he’s still around by then.
11. Logan Couture – 691 points
Logan Couture was drafted by the San Jose Sharks with the No. 9 overall pick (1st round) in 2007. He’s currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL – all of which were spent with the Sharks. He has scored 320 goals and dished 371 assists for 691 career points in 913 games played since entering the league.
Couture doesn’t put up eye-popping numbers like Connor McDavid, but he is one of the more consistent players in the league – when healthy. He has recorded at least 50 points in nine of his 14 seasons and will come close to a career-high this season. He should reach 800 points during the 2024-25 season.
10. Taylor Hall – 693 points
Taylor Hall was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 overall pick (1st round) in 2010. He’s currently playing in his 13th season in the NHL and second full season with the Boston Bruins – he played 16 games for Boston in 2020-21. He has 264 goals, 429 assists, and 693 points in 819 games played.
Hall has scored at least 50 points in eight of his 13 seasons, including a career-high 93 points in 2017-18 and 80 points in 2013-14. He struggled in 2020-21, but had 61 points last season and still has quality play left in him. If he can get back to 50+ points per season, he’ll get his 800th point in the 2024-25 season.
9. Ryan O’Reilly – 696 points
Ryan O’Reilly was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 33 overall pick (2nd round) in 2009. He’s currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs just a few weeks ago. He has 255 goals, 441 assists, and 696 points in 986 games played since entering the NHL.
O’Reilly has recorded at least 50 points in 10 of the past 11 seasons, but only has 24 points in 48 games this season. While his numbers are low this year, he does have 5 points in 8 games since joining the Maple Leafs. He’ll get back to his 50-point form next year and will have 800 points in the 2024-25 season.
8. David Perron – 706 points
David Perron was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the No. 26 overall pick (1st round) in 2007. He’s currently playing in his 16th season in the NHL and first season with the Detroit Red Wings after a second stint with the Blues. He now has 285 goals, 421 assists, and 706 points in 1,040 career games played.
Perron has recorded at least 50 points in six seasons, including in each of the past three seasons and a near-career-high 60 points in 2019-20. He’s nine points away from 50 points this season and will have no problem reaching 800 points during the 2024-25 season, if he can stay on this path – which I think he will.
7. Nikita Kucherov – 712 points
Nikita Kucherov was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 58 overall pick (2nd round) in 2011. He’s currently playing in his ninth season in the NHL – all of which have been spent with Tampa Bay. He averages more than 1 point per game with 273 goals, 439 assists, and 712 points in 630 games.
Kucherov has recorded at least 65 points in eight straight seasons – the only time he hasn’t done so was his rookie season. He had a career year in 2018-19 with 41 goals, 87 assists (led NHL), and 128 points (led NHL). At this rate, he very well could reach the 800-point milestone during the 2023-24 season.
6. Leon Draisaitl – 716 points
Leon Draisaitl was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 3 overall pick (1st round) in 2014. He’s playing in his ninth season in the NHL – all of which have been spent with the Oilers. He’s a teammate of Connor McDavid and has an impressive 298 goals, 418 assists, and 716 points in 624 games played.
Draisaitl recorded his 700th career point on the same play that McDavid recorded his 800th point – a special moment for two long-time teammates. He has at least 100 points in four of the past five seasons, including 100 in 66 games this season. He’s set to join McDavid with 800 points at some point next year.
5. Tyler Seguin – 728 points
Tyler Seguin was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the No. 2 overall pick (1st round) in 2010. He’s currently playing in his 13th season in the NHL and 10th season with the Dallas Stars after spending three years with the Bruins. He has 322 goals, 406 assists, and 728 points in 890 games played.
Seguin recorded at least 72 points in six consecutive seasons between 2013 and 2018. He had 50 points in 2019-20, but only played three games during the 2020-21 season. He bounced back with 49 points last year and already has 42 points this year. He’ll reach 800 points in the 2024-25 season, if not sooner.
4. Nathan MacKinnon – 729 points
Nathan MacKinnon was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 1 overall pick (1st round) in 2013. He’s currently playing in his 10th season in the NHL – all of which have been spent with the Avalanche. He already has 271 goals, 458 assists, and 729 career points in just 692 games played.
MacKinnon has recorded at least 65 points in each of the past six seasons, including at least 90 points in three of those seasons. After putting up 88 points last year, he already has 81 points in 2022-23 and will likely reach 90 by the end of the season. I expect him to reach 800 points at some point next season.
3. Matt Duchene – 739 points
Matt Duchene was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 3 overall pick (1st round) in 2009. He’s currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL and fourth season with the Nashville Predators after bouncing around for two years. He has 313 goals, 426 assists, and 739 points in 969 games played.
Duchene has recorded at least 50 points in nine seasons – including 51 so far this season – and at least 70 points in three seasons – including a career-high 86 points last year. If he can continue scoring and dishing assists at this rate, he very well could reach the 800-point milestone at some point next season.
2. Erik Karlsson – 745 points
Erik Karlsson was drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the No. 15 overall pick (1st round) in 2008. He’s currently playing in his 14th season in the NHL and fifth season with the San Jose Sharks after spending nine years with the Senators. He has 173 goals, 572 assists, and 745 points in 906 games played.
Karlsson is one of the greatest offensive defenseman of all-time. He has scored at least 40 points in 10 seasons and has already set a career-high with 85 points (20 goals, 65 assists) in 68 games this season – unreal for a defenseman. He’ll likely reach the 800-point mark at some point in the 2023-24 season.
1. David Krejci – 782 points
David Krejci was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the No. 63 overall pick (2nd round) in 2004. He’s currently playing in his 16th season in the NHL – all of which have been spent with the Bruins. As of March 15, he has scored 228 goals and dished 554 assists for 782 points in 1,023 games played.
Krejci is currently the closest active player to reaching 800 points at just 18 points away. While he could reach that milestone by the end of the season, it’s much more likely that he reaches it at the beginning of next season. He has 52 points through 61 games this season and has 16 games left to play this year.
Active NHL Players Who Already Have More Than 800 Points
We briefly mentioned the three other NHL players, not named Connor McDavid, who reached 800 career points during the 2022-23 season – them being Brad Marchand, Jamie Benn, and Brent Burns. Taking those four players out of the equation, there are currently 19 other active NHL players with at least 800.
11 of those names include Jakub Voracek (806), Paul Stastny (820), Jeff Carter (831), Zach Parise (871), Jonathan Toews (880), Corey Perry (882), Blake Wheeler (917), John Tavares (960), Phil Kessel (983), Joe Pavelski (985), and Claude Giroux (989) – not all of them will reach 1,000 points.
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There are also 8 active NHL players who have surpassed 1,000 points – Nicklas Backstrom (1,023), Patrice Bergeron (1,031), Steven Stamkos (1,038 points), Eric Staal (1,057), Anze Kopitar (1,129), Evgeni Malkin (1,218), Patrick Kane (1,230), Alex Ovechkin (1,472), and Sidney Crosby (1,490).
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