Most points in NHL playoffs: How Connor McDavid's 2022 stats compare to Wayne Gretzky, other all-time greats

Most points in NHL playoffs: How Connor McDavid's 2022 stats compare to Wayne Gretzky, other all-time greats

NHL fans have been waiting to see the magic of Connor McDavid in the postseason. We’ve seen him tear it up during the regular season, but haven’t gotten a full showing in the playoffs. 

We saw a glimpse in 2017 when the Oilers went to the second round. We got a tease in 2020 when McDavid had nine points, but Edmonton failed to advance past the qualifying round.

In 2022, we finally are getting the full spectacle. 

It’s hard to find the words that will correctly give McDavid’s performance justice. In 10 games so far in the playoffs, the Oilers captain has six goals and 17 assists, good for 23 points. He has at least two points in every game except for Game 4 against the Kings in the first round. 

His playmaking has been standing out the most. Of his 17 assists, 15 of them have been primary. He set up Evander Kane on all three of his goals in the Oilers’ Game 3 win. 

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But McDavid has shown off the dangles as well. He’s put Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom in a pretzel on multiple occasions in the series. 

The 25-year-old superstar has been far and away the most exciting player to watch in recent history and we’re finally getting a longer postseason stay from him and the Oilers, who are up 2-1 in their second-round series. 

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Here’s a look at just how good McDavid’s postseason has been. 

Who has the highest points per game rate in a single NHL postseason?

In terms of points per game, McDavid already has catapulted himself high up on the all-time list. 

His 2.3 clip is the seventh-highest points per game rate for a single postseason in NHL history. He’s joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Dennis Maruk. 

Out of the list, of players who have played at least 10 games in a single postseason, his average climbs up to the third-most all time. He’ll have to produce at a higher clip to catch some of Gretzky’s rates that he had in the ’80s, but with McDavid it feels like anything is possible. 

Wayne Gretzky198518472.611
Dennis Maruk19865132.600
Wayne Gretzky19825122.400
Wayne Gretzky198316382.375
Wayne Gretzky19819212.333
Darryl Sittler19779212.333
Connor McDavid202210232.300
Mario Lemieux199215342.267
Wayne Gretzky198819432.263
Paul Coffey198518372.056
Wayne Gretzky198911222.000
Toe Blake19449182.000
Theo Fleury19957142.000
Theo Fleury19936122.000
Bobby Hull19635102.000
Ken Linseman19855102.000
Peter Stasny19815102.000

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Who has the most points in a single NHL postseason?

McDavid still has a ways to go to get high on the list of most points in a single postseason. His 23 points entering Game 4 against the Oilers is tied for 109th on the all-time list. But given the rate at which he’s clicking, if the Oilers can advance to the conference finals and beyond, there’s a good chance we see McDavid closer to the top of the leaderboard. 

Gretzky holds the record for most points. He also owns the third-highest points total. And the fourth. And the fifth.

In fact, of the top 10 highest-scoring playoff performances, Gretzky owns half of them. His postseason runs with the Oilers and the Kings were iconic; Gretzky took home the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP in 1985 and 1988. He’s not called “The Great One” for nothing. 

Wayne Gretzky471985
Mario Lemieux441991
Wayne Gretzky431988
Wayne Gretzky401993
Wayne Gretzky381983
Paul Coffey371985
Evgeni Malkin362009
Mike Bossy351981
Wayne Gretzky351984
Doug Gilmour351993