When Sidney Crosby came into the league, fans knew he was something special. The 18 year-old scored his first NHL point in his first NHL game, and just 757 contests later, the now 29-year-old has already collected his 1,000th point.
It took him 12 seasons – which may seem like a lot – but in actuality, it only took him that many seasons because of injuries. With the assist on Chris Kunitz goal, Crosby became the 12th fastest player (in terms of games played) to reach the milestone. He’s also one of the youngest.
Compare that to Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin. Both forwards also netted their 1,000th point this season, but Ovechkin needed 880 games, while Sedin took 1,224 to reach the milestone and is 36 years old.
Every player who reached 1,000 points faster than Crosby played good chunk of his career in the high-scoring 80s. Ovechkin is the second fastest of his contemporaries. After that, it’s Joe Thornton, if you can even call the 37-year-old a Crosby contemporary. Big Joe needed nearly 1,000 games (994) to achieve the feat. That’s a long-winded way of saying what Crosby just did is really impressive.
When Connor McDavid came into the league last year, he was (unfairly) compared to Crosby in terms of being a generational talent. He’s lived up to expectations, in large part, so far. Can he or any of the other young stars of today get to 1,000 points faster than Sid the Kid? I’ve set some over/unders, plus odds on who will join the 1,000-point club next.
Daniel Sedin, Canucks (974 points): 2/3
Jason Spezza, Stars (884 points): 6/1
Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings (877 points): 7/1
Shane Doan, Coyotes (964 points): 15/1
Evgeni Malkin, Penguins (818 points): 20/1
Daniel Sedin needs just over 20 points to reach 1,000. He’s on pace for a 45-point season, meaning he’ll likely reach this milestone at the end of this year or beginning of next. Spezza and Zetterberg both sit well back, but barring any injuries, are on track to reach 1,000 by mid-to-late season next year. Doan is next in line behind Sedin, but he’s 40 years old and only averaging 0.34 PPG this season, compared to Spezza’s 0.68 PPG and Zetterberg’s 0.72 PPG. There’s a good chance Doan is forced to hang’em up before getting to 1,000. Malkin is putting up points the fastest out of the group, but will still need another season and a bit.
Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: 847 games
Connor McDavid, Oilers: 909 games
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks: 990 games
Patrick Laine, Jets: 1,086 games
Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks: 1,162 games
Austin Matthews, Maple Leafs: 1,219 games
After looking at the numbers, it’s clear no one (currently in the league) will be matching or beating Crosby’s 1,000 points in 757 games. His teammate, Malkin, is the closest, expected to do so in 847 games. Even McDavid, who’s been touted as “the next Crosby,” is only on track to hit the milestone in roughly 900 games, 152 more than Crosby. Granted, we’re working with a limited sample size so far, and his production should pick up a bit as he ages. But this all goes to show that Crosby is considered the best player on the planet for good reason.
Photo credit: By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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