NHL News: Wayne Gretzky amazed with Connor McDavid, Andrew Shaw retires, and more

Jun 21, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Wayne Gretzky presents Edmonton Oilers player Connor McDavid with the Hart Trophy as the league MVP during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Gretzky is amazed with Connor McDavid and his legitimate quest for a 100 point season in a 56 game schedule. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he gets more than 100 points,” Gretzky told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “Just to show people he’s capable of doing it.”

The Great One on McDavid’s hunt for 100 points

Let’s throw in a quick reality check first. In order for McDavid to accomplish the feat, he will need 23 points in his last 11 games. This is no given, even with 5 contests against the Vancouver Canucks who are likely off their adrenaline rush after coming back from a long COVID hiatus.

According to Sportsnet’s Stats, only nine players have scored 100 points in 56 games with Wayne Gretzky having done it a mind-baffling 11 times. Still, the Great One thinks if anyone can do it, McDavid is the player that can.

“It pushes you. When you’re in the limelight, and you’re always being watched, you want to show people what you can do,” Gretzky said. “He’s taken the city on, the team on, and quite frankly a big part of the league on his shoulders. Obviously Connor is watched every single shift, every period, every game.”

Wayne Gretzky via Sportsnet

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Andrew Shaw call is a career after multiple concussion

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Feb 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw (65) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks two-time Stanley Cup champion just announced his retirement due to concussions. The 29 year-old calls it a career after playing 544 NHL games. His final stats read 116 goals, 247 points, and 573 penalty minutes.

Shayne Gostisbehere injured

The Flyers will be without Shayne Gostisbehere due to an MCL sprain for the next 7-10 days.