Chabot’s siz­zling start matched by few oth­ers

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - Don Bren­nan

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.

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