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Oilers’ Big Four Forwards Can All Reach 100 Points This Season

Leon Draisaitl Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers

In their most recent outing, Saturday (Jan. 21), the Edmonton Oilers picked up a sixth consecutive win, 4-2 at Rogers Arena over the Vancouver Canucks, with a scoring summary that epitomizes this season. 

Not only did Leon Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each score once, the quartet accounted for all 10 points recorded by Oilers players in the victory as Edmonton improved to eight games above .500, a new high for this season. 

That’s fitting because 2022-23 has been all about the Four Horsemen of Oil Country: Draisaitl (28 goals), Hyman (24), McDavid (40) and Nugent-Hopkins (22) have scored a combined 114 times this season, an average of 2.38 goals per game and close to two-thirds of all Edmonton’s tallies in 2022-23. 

Oilers’ Big Four Scoring Nearly Every Game 

The four have combined to score at least once in all but three of the 48 games the Oilers have played this season, including every time they have either won or picked up a point via overtime/shootout loss. Between them, Draisaitl, Hyman, McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins have more goals than the Chicago Blackhawks do as a team (109). They’ve also got 160 assists among them, giving the foursome 274 points through Edmonton’s first 48 games. 

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

McDavid is averaging 1.83 points per game (40 goals and 48 assists in 48 games), Draisaitl is averaging 1.59 points per game (28 goals and 45 assists in 46 games), while Hyman (24 goals and 32 assists in 47 games) and Nugent-Hopkins (22 goals and 35 assists in 48 games) are both at 1.19 points per game.  

Assuming they play in all 34 games remaining on the Oilers’ schedule, McDavid projects to finish with 150 points including 68 goals, Draisaitl is on pace for 48 goals and 130 points, Nugent-Hopkins projects to hit 97 points including 37 goals, and Hyman is on pace to finish with 41 goals and 96 points.  

Current Oilers on Pace with Edmonton Legends 

During their dynasty seasons in the ‘80s, the Oilers featured a quartet of future Hall-of-Fame forwards: Glenn Anderson, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier. The four spent eight years together in Edmonton, from Anderson and Kurri’s rookie campaign in 1980-81 until Gretzky was traded following the 1987-88 season. 

Offensively, Anderson, Gretzky, Kurri, and Messier were the most prolific scorers on the most prolific team during the most prolific era of NHL hockey….

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