Sidney Crosby has moved up the ranks in yet another category in NHL history.
After scoring a goal against the Devils this afternoon, Crosby has ensured he will average at least a point-per-game for the 2020-21 season.
That will make sixteen straight seasons for Crosby where he averaged at least a point-per-game.
With that accomplishment, Crosby passed Mario Lemieux on the all-time list, who recorded 15 seasons averaging a point-per-game or more.
Crosby now trails only Gordie Howe with 17 such seasons and Wayne Gretzky with 19 such seasons.
Crosby on his milestone: "Any time you're mentioned with Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky, that's pretty neat. It's also a reminder of how long I've played too. It's a compliment to be in that company."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 24, 2021
Crosby’s career point-per-game average by season is broken down year-by-year below:
- 2005-06 - 1.26 points per game
- 2006-07 - 1.52 points per game
- 2007-08 - 1.36 points per game
- 2008-09 - 1.34 points per game
- 2009-10 - 1.35 points per game
- 2010-11 - 1.61 points per game
- 2011-12 - 1.68 points per game
- 2012-13 - 1.56 points per game
- 2013-14 - 1.30 points per game
- 2014-15 - 1.09 points per game
- 2015-16 - 1.06 points per game
- 2016-17 - 1.19 points per game
- 2017-18 - 1.09 points per game
- 2018-19 - 1.27 points per game
- 2019-20 - 1.15 points per game
- 2020-21 - 1.17 points per game
As you can see, the Mike Johnston era in 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the early part of the season) caused Crosby’s production to slightly dip below his average numbers, but never to the point falling below 1.0.
Crosby has now joined Wayne Gretzky as the only two players in NHL history who have gone a point+ per game in each of the first 16 seasons of their NHL career.