On Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid reached the 100-goal milestone, becoming the fourth active player to reach the mark before his 22nd birthday, joining Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Whether you are an Oilers fan or not, watching the Oilers’ captain is always a treat. So, to celebrate the milestone, here are the 10 best goals of McDavid’s first 100.
10. Boston Bruins — Oct. 11, 2018
McDavid scored the first goal of his 2018-19 season at the expense of a 41-year-old Zdeno Chara, who looked his age next to the Oilers’ 21-year-old speedster. A sweet little pass by Ty Rattie to recognize McDavid’s open lane — and the rest is history.
9. Colorado Avalanche – Feb. 1, 2018
What makes McDavid so special is not only his otherworldly speed, but his ability to make high-end plays while moving at that superior speed. Jonathan Bernier learned this the hard way after making a tough initial save on a McDavid breakaway.
8. Carolina Hurricanes – Feb. 3, 2017
0 — 100 real quick. McDavid went from being visibly frustrated and snapping his stick to taking off on a partial breakaway and scoring in just a matter of seconds. Once he gets a step on you, you can forget about it — especially if he’s going to finish it off like this.
7. San Jose Sharks — March 30, 2017
The Oilers’ captain can do it all, no matter how many teammates are on the ice. Shorthanded, McDavid catches the San Jose Sharks on a bad change: just check out how many little moves he pulls off before quickly shifting the puck to his backhand to beat a helpless Martin Jones.
6. Toronto Maple Leafs – Feb. 11, 2016
Like most players from the Greater Toronto Area, McDavid loves playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In five games against the blue-and-white, the former Toronto Marlboro has eight points (four goals, four assists), including this beauty past former Leafs’ goalie Jonathan Bernier.
5. Tampa Bay Lightning — Feb. 5, 2018
A forward playing defence, Matthew Peca was in trouble the moment McDavid picked up the puck. One inside-out move later, and McDavid has a sharp angled one-on-one with Andre Vasilevskiy — one of the best goalies in the league. The next play he’s able to make is what separates him from the rest.
4. Calgary Flames — Oct. 4, 2017
No breakdown needed: this was just unfair.
3. Anaheim Ducks — April 30, 2017
Former Ducks’ defenseman Sami Vatanen may have looked the worst after all was said and done, but McDavid deked the whole Ducks’ team with that one ridiculous cutback. His ability to turn on a dime sets him up perfectly to rifle this shot past John Gibson.
2. Nashville Predators — Feb. 26, 2017
I don’t even know what the most ridiculous part of this play is. First, in stride, McDavid receives a pass and simultaneously turns Roman Josi inside out by putting the puck under his stick. And just when you think Ryan Ellis is there to come over and save his defensive partner, McDavid slips the puck under his stick and puts it far-post past a surprised Pekka Rinne.
1. Columbus Blue Jackets — Feb. 2, 2016
In his first game back from injury, McDavid reminded the rest of the league why there was so much hype surrounding the Hart Trophy winner. I’ll let this play speak for itself.