Connor McDavid is only 25 years old and entering the prime of his NHL career, but he’s already had some incredible playoff moments.
His Edmonton Oilers advanced to the postseason in four of his first seven seasons in the league. And until they made the playoffs in his second season (2016-17), the Oilers never had the best Stanley Cup odds as they missed the postseason 10 straight years.
McDavid, the NHL’s No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been the biggest key to Edmonton’s success, and they typically have some of the best NHL playoff odds each season.
Here are McDavid’s five-best playoff moments in his career thus far.
5. 2022: 4 Points vs. Flames in Game 1
Although it came in a losing effort, McDavid recorded a playoff career-high four points in Game 1 of the Oilers’ playoff series with the Flames.
McDavid had a goal and three assists in the Oilers’ 9-6 loss. Following the game, Flames coach Darryl Sutter said McDavid was by far the best player on the ice.
4. 2017: First Playoff Goal vs. Sharks
McDavid scored his first playoff goal in his second career playoff game in Game 2 of a first-round series against the Sharks.
Edmonton ended up winning the series in six games. It was the Oilers’ first playoff appearance since the 2005-06 season.
3. 2020: Hat Trick Game 2 vs. Blackhawks
McDavid recorded a hat trick in Game 2 of the qualifying round against the Blackhawks, which came in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs bubble. Edmonton won that game, 6-3.
The Oilers eventually fell to the Blackhawks in the series.
2. 2022: Series-Clinching Overtime Goal vs. Flames
In the Battle of Alberta, McDavid sent the Oilers to the next round with a pretty overtime goal in Game 5. Edmonton won the series, 4-1.
It was the Oilers’ first Western Conference Finals appearance since 2006.
1. 2022: Game 7 Goal vs. Kings
Game 7s of the Stanley Cup playoffs are one of the best things in all of sports, and McDavid’s Oilers were not only able to beat the Kings, but he had a goal that clinched the win.
Leading 1-0 in the third period, McDavid had a highlight-reel goal to increase the lead and seal the deal.
McDavid totaled four goals and 10 assists in the series, becoming the second player in NHL history to record six multi-point games in a single playoff series.