NHL Star Power Index: Connor McDavid continues to dominate, Tage Thompson has night for the ages

Welcome to the NHL Star Power Index: A weekly gauge of the gamers who are managing considerable buzz around the league. When a gamer is consisted of on this list it might not be a good idea — it suggests that they are recording a big quantity of the hockey world’s attention.

These gamers remain in no specific order when it pertains to the quantity of buzz that they’re producing. We’ll review the Star Power Index each week throughout the routine season.

Connor McDavid continues to make wild plays at an unreasonable rate. Over his last 4 video games, the Edmonton Oilers star has actually signed up 6 objectives and 5 helps, consisting of numerous points in 3 of those contests. Among the excellent provings throughout this current stretch was his four-point efficiency (2 objectives & 2 helps) in a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

As if that wasn’t excellent enough, McDavid signed up 2 objectives and 2 helps in Wednesday’s 8-2 win versus the Arizona Coyotes. In doing so, McDavid ended up being the league’s very first gamer to tape 50 points this season, while likewise leapfrogging Dallas Stars standout Jason Robertson for the NHL objectives lead.

McDavid reached the 50-point plateau in simply 27 video games, which is the quickest quantity of video games it’s taken him to strike that mark in his profession. Only Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Stevens achieved the accomplishment in less video games. He presently leads the league with 52 points (24 objectives & 28 helps), which is 8 points ahead of Draisaitl. The Oilers standout is likewise leads the NHL in helps (28) in addition to power-play helps (16).

It’s not precisely unexpected that McDavid continues to make plays on the offending end of the ice. However, the rate at which he’s doing so is mind-blowing to consider often thinking about that he’s just stopped working to tape a point in simply 4 video games this season.

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Tage Thompson placed on a program for the ages on Wednesday. The Buffalo Sabres star scored 5 objectives and signed up a help in a 9-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thompson scored 4 of his objectives in the very first 16:40 of the opening duration, ending up being simply the 4th gamer in NHL history to score 4 objectives in the very first duration of a routine season video game. He signed up with Peter Bondra (Feb. 5, 1994), Grant Mulvey (Feb. 3, 1982), and Joe Malone (Feb. 23, 1921) as the only gamers to accomplish the accomplishment.

Thompson likewise ended up being simply the 6th gamer over the last 40 years to score 4 objectives in any duration, as he signed up with the similarity Patrick Marleau (Jan. 23, 2017), Mario Lemieux (Jan. 26, 1997), Bondra, Joe Nieuwendyk (Jan. 11, 1989) and Al Secord (Jan. 7, 1987). 

The Sabres center ended up the night simply one point shy of the group record for a lot of points in a single video game. Only Gilbert Perreault (7 points on Feb. 1, 1976) signed up more points in a Sabres video game.

In addition, Thompson reached the 20-goal mark on the historical night. He scored 20 objectives in the fourth-fewest quantity of video games behind just Alexander Mogilny (23 video games in 1992-93), Pat LaFontaine (24 video games in 1991-92) and Richard Martin (24 video games in 1972-73) in franchise history.

It’s clear that Thompson remained in the zone on this night. however it belonged to an extraordinary start to December for him. Even if you take Wednesday’s huge efficiency out of the formula, Thompson still signed up 2 objectives and 3 helps in the opening 2 video games of the month.

Simply put, Thompson is playing out of his mind today and has actually developed himself as one of the leading centers in the sport.

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Arguably the most polarizing relocation of the NHL offseason was the Florida Panthers ponying up with a significant bundle to land star winger Matthew Tkachuk. The Panthers sent out Jonathan Huberdeau, Mackenzie Weegar and draft capital to the Calgary Flames in order to get the offer done, on top of inking Tkachuk to an eight-year, $76 million agreement extension.

It was a big cost, however it’s absolutely settling so far for the franchise.

In 3 video games over the previous week, Tkachuk tallied 2 objectives and 4 helps, consisting of 2 multi-point efficiencies. The 24-year-old star actually increased to the celebration with an objective and 2 helps in a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday.

Tkachuk’s objective was the start of an avalanche of offense for the Panthers, who scored 3 objectives in the last 2 minutes of the very first duration. He likewise helped on a set of objectives later on in the video game, consisting of making the main help on an objective from Panthers forward Sam Bennett.

Tkachuk’s play has actually been downright electrical considering that coming by to the Panthers. He’s signed up points in 19 of his 24 video games this season and now has points in 3 successive contests. His playmaking capability has actually been on complete screen as he’s tallied 23 helps, which is connected for 4th in the NHL this season.

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Bo Horvat might be the one putting the puck in the back of the internet for the Vancouver Canucks this season, however Elias Pettersson is making a case to be the group’s most vibrant property.

Pettersson presently leads the group with 34 points while ranking 2nd in helps (21), somewhat behind defenseman Quinn Hughes. Pettersson has actually had his playmaker hat on since late with 5 helps over his previous 3 video games, which have actually led to 3 successive overtime triumphes for Vancouver.

Most just recently, Pettersson scored the game-winning objective and tape-recorded a help in a 6-5 overtime success versus the San Jose Sharks.

Pettersson has actually now scored overtime game-winning objectives in back-to-back video games after netting an unassisted tally versus the Montreal Canadiens in Monday’s 7-6 overtime win. 

In his 5th NHL season, Pettersson continues to turn into the super star that the Canucks imagined when they picked him with the No. 5 choice in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 24-year old is presently on rate for 103 points (39 objectives & 64 helps) this season, which would eliminate his career-high of 68 points. Pettersson is coming off a 68-point efficiency throughout the 2021-22 project.



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