It’s often a bit controversial to label any one athlete the most dominant in a single sport. But to suggest one is the most dominant in any North American team sport is really putting yourself out there. That is, unless you’re talking about Connor McDavid, who NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond argued: “Nobody is dominating their sport quite like Connor McDavid.” She adds, “He is otherworldly.”
You can see the video below and I have to agree with practically everything Redmond points out here. This season, in particular, McDavid is on another level. Let’s take a look at why.
The Margin Over the Rest of The NHL
Redmond’s argument: In most sports, there is a close race between the top players in their respective leagues. Redmond points out that the NBA conversation consists of Luka Dončić, Nikola Jokić, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, among others. Football has its own field of G.O.A.Ts and baseball does too. But, when it comes to the NHL, this season, no one is close. In fact, the closest is McDavid’s own teammate, Leon Draisaitl. No. 97 has a 21-point lead over the rest of the field.
My take: Redmond nails it here. Not only is McDavid blowing away the competition, but he’s also done so with only half of the season under his belt. If he scores only 11 more goals, he’ll hit 50. It wasn’t that long ago there were questions about whether he’d ever do so because he was too unselfish and too good a playmaker. Now, he’s on pace for nearly 70 goals. Not only did he decide to score more, but he’s also doing so at a pace that hasn’t been seen in the NHL for years.
Barring some kind of disaster, no one will catch McDavid in offensive production. In fact, it’s likely no one comes close as he tends to turn up the volume the longer the campaign goes and the more games matter.
His Goal-Scoring Pace
Redmond’s argument: When talking about his goal production, it’s hard to bet against McDavid to win the Rocket Richard Trophy. She suggests that David Pastrnak out of Boston might have something to say about the goal-scoring race, but “McDavid is on pace for 68. But, 70 goals is not an impossibility for Connor, which is wild!”
My take: Is 70 that hard to imagine the way McDavid is…