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I believe as a society we've moved well beyond the point of even questioning who this year's NHL MVP will be.
In what can only be considered the lock of all locks — which is really saying something considering the monster year Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews is having himself — Connor McDavid is undoubtedly about to add a second Hart Trophy to his bank lobby-ass mantle. Dude is SEVENTEEN points ahead of his own teammate in the Art Ross Trophy race and 10 assists up on Patrick Kane for the NHL lead, so that baby was a lock about six weeks ago.
It's completely and utterly outrageous what this hockey playing cyborg is doing this year as far as pulling away with major individual awards so easily, so early, so convincingly — and seemingly so effortlessly. McDavid will no doubt earn an Alberta Man-sized truck full of hardware for his efforts this season, but No. 97 has also produced an entire careers worth of solo highlights while posting and chasing some egregious numbers from all-time greats who feasted on the half-bagged goalies of the '80s and early '90s.
A rare eye-test savant who's also a number cruncher's wet dream, McDavid has drawn a "best player on Earth" consensus from nearly 100 percent of people across all areas of the game, uniting nerds and meatheads in a way I truly never thought was possible.
With eight contests remaining in the Oilers' shortened regular-season schedule, here's eight things to remember — and a few to keep an eye on — from his absurd season as he chases some ridiculous numbers down the stretch.
Early-age award dominance
Once the 24-year-old adds this year's MVP notch to his belt officially, McDavid will become just the 19th player in NHL history to win two Hart Trophies, and most impressively just the fourth ever to win multiple MVPs before turning 25, joining Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin on the exclusive list.
With the Art Ross Trophy coming his way at year's end as well, McJesus will become just the ninth skater ever to win the league's scoring crown three times and just the third after Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky to win three Art Ross Trophies by the age of 25. Remarkable stuff.
Chasing 100 in 56
A mind-blowing number McDavid has been chasing all season is 100 points — "100 in 56" if you will. The 100-point plateau is a rare, ridiculous mark that so many of the game's greatest offensive players never even sniff, and this cat has a realistic shot of hitting triple-digit points in under 60 games.
McDavid needs 16 points over his final 8 contests to hit the mark after averaging 1.75 points per game this season. Two points per game down the stretch does seem like an obnoxious ask for anybody, but having already posted 28 multi-point contests this season including multiple three- and four-point outings, McDavid looks as primed as possible to hit a hundy.
Best points-per-game mark in two decades
The reason McDavid is flirting with so many mind-bending feats, records and numbers this season can be attributed to his torrid points-per-game pace.
The aforementioned 1.75 point-per-game clip that McDavid is boasting this season is the best since Mario Lemieux's 1.77 mark in 2000-01, and well ahead of the 1.56 and 1.52 marks that Nikita Kucherov and Sidney Crosby put up during their quasi-recent record-setting seasons in 2019 and 2007, respectively.
Sticking with the theme, Lemieux and Gretzky are the only two players in league history to post better seasons when adjusting for era than the one McDavid is having himself right now. Just next-level, rockstar shit.
Putting entire franchises into the ground
It's hard to ever remember one player single-handedly bodying an entire city and organization as constantly and ruthlessly as No. 97 has done to the poor Winnipeg Jets all season long.
With seven goals and 20 points in 9 contests versus Winnipeg this season (with the Oilers going 7-2 on the season against their likely first-round playoff opponent), McDavid simply built on his previous seasons of ruthlessly bullying the Jets. No player has slayed the Jets quite like Gretzky did over his career (2.57 PPG) but McDavid's current 1.78 pace has him sitting in a comfortable second place among all-time Winnipeg destroyers.
Piling up assists at an unhealthy rate
Despite sitting second league-wide in goals behind the scorching hot Matthews, we know that McDavid's bread and butter is the set-up game, and he's unsurprisingly been on a whole other level in that area, too.
With 56 helpers in 48 contests so far, McDavid leads the NHL's apple race by double digits over Kane, and his current clip of 1.16 assists per game would give him the third-best season by that metric since 2000 while putting him in some more ridiculous company.
The Oilers are an even-strength doormat without him
A lot of stats need context, but some simply don't. I'll just leave this one here for you to draw your own conclusions.
Most 'wow' moments per 60 in a single season (Unofficial)
This is very much an unofficial and completely made up stat, but McDavid has to unofficially lead the NHL in "wow moments" per game, by a long shot.
From absolutely carving up the Maple Leafs en route to this absurd tally, to doing pretty much the exact same thing against the Canadiens, to destroying everyone in a Jets jersey on his way to another all-timer, the jaw dropping, mind-bending moments just never seem to end, and they've been extra plentiful this season, it seems.
Oh and let's leave all this speculative, unsubstantiated "he plays in the worst division in the league" chatter alone right now, as it's not like he'd had a problem just massacring the rest of the NHL whenever he's had the opportunities in the past.
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