Chabot’s sizzling start matched by few others
After a goal and an assist on Thursday, Thomas Chabot had 22 points, tying him for third in the NHL scoring race with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon, one point behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and two in back of league leader Mikko Rantanen, also of Colorado.
Chabot may or may not fall out of the race, but he’ll always have this season’s start to remember.
According to the NHL’s public relations department, since the inception of the Norris Trophy in 1953-54, only five other defenceman have scored at least 22 points in the first 16 games: Hall of Famers Bobby Orr (who did it five times), Denis Potvin, Doug Wilson, Ray Bourque and Larry Robinson.
Meanwhile, Erik Karlsson is still stuck at seven points (all assists) in his first 16 games with the San Jose Sharks.
The two-time Norris Trophy winner has scored his 22nd point before December only twice. In 2013-14, he did so on Nov. 20, his 22nd game of the season. And in 2015-16, he picked up point No. 22 on Nov. 21, his 20th game of the season.