What Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have combined for over a two-year period with the Edmonton Oilers is remarkably rare and historically improbable.
Last year, Draisaitl won the NHL scoring title and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. McDavid finished second in scoring.
This season, McDavid is on his way to the breathtaking figure of 100 points or more in 56 games and will be the runaway winner of the Hart. Draisaitl, meanwhile, will finish second in the NHL in scoring.
At no time in NHL history have teammates gone 1-2, 2-1 in scoring, rotating the Hart Trophy in the process. Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito came close with the Boston Bruins in the late 1970s, but timing and voting didn’t necessarily work in their favour.
It wasn’t a two-year run for Esposito and Orr — more like six incredible seasons. Orr won three Hart trophies, Esposito won two. Esposito won four scoring titles, Orr won two. In the two years, Orr won the Art Ross, Esposito finished second in scoring.
They rotated Harts and scoring crowns but never managed the stunning back-and-forth combination of what McDavid and Draisaitl are doing this season and last.
This scoring title, by the way, will be McDavid’s third in six NHL seasons. The last five years, he will have finished first, second, second, first and first in scoring.
He’s doing his agent proud in all this. His agent’s name: Bobby Orr.
Via: Toronto Sun