Scoring 100 points in the NHL isn't easy, especially in today's era, where it takes generational talents like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to reach the milestone. It was a hell of a lot easier back when Wayne Gretzky was putting up 200-point seasons as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, as evidenced by the number of 100-point seasons recorded in the 1970s and 80s and the good-but-not-great players that reached the mark.
That said, there have been quite a few players to reach the mark in the 21st century, many of whom you would be surprised to learn did so, especially when you take their entire career into context. What this list proves is that having one dominant season is doable, but becoming a consistent 100-point producer is nearly impossible in today's era, unless you're one of the aforementioned generational talents. Take Patrick Kane for instance, who led the league with 106 points last season, but likely won't reach the mark this year, despite his dominance down the stretch. Before we get into the list, let's remember we're not claiming any of these players are terrible; it's just hard to see their names alongside some of the game's greatest 100-point producers.
15 Marian Hossa
A former 12th overall pick by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Marian Hossa has compiled 1,132 points in 1,305 games throughout his career and has won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks and been to five Stanley Cup Finals. He's a great player, make no mistake, but aside from his 100-point season in 2006-07, he's reached 80 points just three times in his career.
All of those seasons came in the first half of his career - he had back-to-back 80-point seasons with the Ottawa Senators prior to being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, where he had the best offensive years of his career. In 2006-07, Hossa scored 43 goals and added 57 assists in 82 games to lead the Trashers to their first and only playoff appearance. Atlanta was swept in the first round, and while Hossa hasn't reached 80 points following that season, we're thinking he'll take annual trips to the playoffs with the Blackhawks instead.
14 Brian Leetch
Brian Leetch is on this list because he's similar to Hossa in the sense that he had a great career, but isn't necessarily someone you think of as a 100-point producer, especially considering he played defense. Like Hossa, aside from his 102-point season in 1991-92, Leetch only topped 80 points twice in his 18-year career.
The American blueliner benefited greatly from the New York Rangers acquiring Mark Messier in the 1991 offseason. Messier came in and had 107 points in his first season with the team, while Leetch, a fourth-year pro at the time, scored 22 goals and added 80 assists. He had plenty of help on the high-octane Rangers team, which featured Mike Gartner and up-and-coming players like Tony Amonte, Adam Graves, and Doug Weight.
13 Craig Janney
Former Boston Bruins' 13th overall pick Craig Janney played just 760 games in the NHL, which isn't a lot for a player who notched 106 points in the 1992-93 season with the St. Louis Blues. Part of that is due to injuries, but Janney simply wasn't the same player following that season; he recorded 84 points in 1993-94 and failed to surpass 82 points in each of his next five seasons.
Janney's greatest asset was his vision and playmaking abilities. He ended his career with 188 goals and 563 assists, 82 of which he picked up in that 106-point season. It's an impressive feat regardless, but let's be honest - you might have been able to pick up a few assists playing alongside Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan.
12 Vic Hadfield
The appearance of Vic Hadfield on this list might be surprising for a number of reasons, first and foremost being the fact that, if you're younger than 50 and not an astute fan of the game, chances are you've never heard of him. A power forward who spent much of his career with the New York Rangers, Hadfield registered a 106-point season in 1971-72 with the team, which far surpassed his previous career-high of 66 points in his first eight full seasons.
In fact, the year prior, Hadfield had just 44 points in 63 games, but somehow managed to notch career highs in goals (50) and assists (56) in 1971-72. The Oakville, Ontario native recorded 55+points in each of his next four seasons and finished his career with 712 points in 1,002 games.
11 Vincent Lecavalier
It's not often considered surprising to see a highly-touted first overall pick surpass the 100-point plateau, but given the way Vincent Lecavalier's career fizzled out, it's at least somewhat curious that the Quebec native accomplished the feat. Mostly a skilled two-way center with above-average offensive abilities, Vinny had a dominant two-year stretch with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2006-08, in which he recorded seasons of 108 and 92 points. Excluding those seasons, he never once hit 80 points in his career.
The big difference in those two seasons was his goal-scoring ability. During his 108 point campaign in 06-07, Lecavalier scored a career-high 52 goals; in other seasons, he reached 30 just four times. Meanwhile, he also notched a career-high 56 assists in 06-07. His teammate Martin St. Louis gets an honorable mention as he recorded 102 points that season, but he was a tad more consistent as a point producer throughout his career.
10 Paul MacLean
You know that coach with the amazing mustache? The one who served as head coach of the Ottawa Senators for three-plus years and currently works as an assistant to Randy Carlyle in Anaheim? Well, believe it or not, Paul "The Walrus" MacLean reached the 100-point plateau as a member of the Winnipeg Jets in 1984-85. It's surprising for a number of reasons, most notably that he was a seventh round draft pick in the 1978 NHL Draft. Then again, when you factor in the power of the mustache, perhaps it's not too surprising.
MacLean scored a career-high 41 goals in 84-85, but that wasn't what helped him reach the milestone. In fact, he scored 40 the year prior and later reached 40 goals again in 1987-88. He was a great goal scorer; however, it was his career-high 60 assists that helped him surpass 100 points. He topped 40 assists just twice in his other ten seasons in the league.
9 Hakan Loob
Hakan Loob's inclusion on this list would certainly be questioned had he played more than six seasons in the NHL; instead, the Swede spent most of his career in his native country playing for Farjestads BK. He was a consistent point producer in Sweden and showcased his skills for the Calgary Flames during his six-year stint in the NHL.
Loob's best season came in 1987-88, in which he scored 50 goals and added 56 assists for a career-high 106 points. Most surprising about the offensive output was the fact Loob had just 44 points the previous season, but he was helped along by a 20-year-old Joe Nieuwendyk, who scored 51 goals and finished third on the team in scoring with 92 points. Loob returned to Sweden in 1989 and recorded over a point per game until he retired in 1996.
8 Markus Naslund
Like most players on this list, Markus Naslund had a productive career, but his 104-point campaign in 2002-03 with the Vancouver Canucks has to be considered as a surprise. While the skilled Swede was a decent point producer throughout his career with the Canucks, he was only considered an elite scorer for perhaps a three-year period between 2001-04, in which he topped 80 points for the only three times in his career.
Naslund scored a career-high 48 goals and assisted on a career-high 56 goals in 02-03. Playing alongside Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison, the trio dominated the league and featured everything you would want in a first line - goal-scoring ability, physicality, playmaking, and great chemistry. Naslund retired from the NHL in 2009 with 869 points in 1,117 games.
7 Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner scored 708 career goals in the NHL, so why is it surprising that he once surpassed 100 points? Well, for one, he played over 20 seasons in the league and, while he was a consistent point producer, he was never someone who put up ridiculous numbers in a season. In fact, known primarily for his goal-scoring, Gartner is one of the few players to have retired with more goals (708) than assists (627).
Gartner played most of his career with the Washington Capitals, which was the team he recorded his only 100-point season with in 1984-85. That season, the Ottawa native recorded his lone 50-goal season and had a career-high 52 assists. He can thank linemate Bobby Carpenter for most of those assists - or perhaps vice versa. Had Carpenter recorded five more points that season, he would be in this spot instead of Gartner.
6 Neal Broten
If you've watched the movie Miracle, which details the United States' miraculous win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, then chances are you've heard of Neal Broten. The American went on to have a great career in the NHL following those Olympics, but most of his 923 points came in his first few seasons in the league.
In his first full season in 1981-82, Broten scored 98 points for the Minnesota North Stars. Four seasons later, following a disappointing 56-point campaign, Broten exploded for 105 points, which included a career-high 76 assists. Other than an 85-point season in 1989-90, his play dropped significantly following that season; in the latter half of his career, Broten was relegated to bottom-six forward duty and failed to top 20 goals in a single season in his final seven seasons.
5 Mike Bullard
A former ninth overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Bullard was a promising young forward upon entering the league in 1981-82; he scored 63 points as a rookie and continued to produce at a point-per-game level until he notched 103 points as a member of the Calgary Flames in 1987-88. That should have been the start of an impressive run with the Flames. Instead, the team dealt him to the St. Louis Blues in the offseason and his career nosedived.
In fact, Bullard was out of the NHL by the end of the 1991-92 season and spent the final 11 years of his career playing in Germany and England, where he did produce at a point-per-game rate, but at a level of play far inferior to the NHL.
4 Eric Staal
Eric Staal is similar to Vincent Lecavalier in many ways. The two big centers led their respective teams to Stanley Cups at a young age and seemed to peak early. Staal, like Lecavalier, is a shell of his former self in the latter stages of his career, although he has remained an effective player. That said, he's nowhere near the player he was when he reached 100 points exactly with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06.
That was the year he helped guide the Canes to the Stanley Cup and, while he was a consistent 70-point producer in the following six seasons, the Hurricanes made the playoffs in just one of those seasons. That's not all on Staal, but it highlights how good he was during the team's memorable 05-06 season.
3 Mats Sundin
Mats Sundin is rightfully a Hockey Hall of Famer. He had a dominant career, in which he recorded 1,349 points in 1,346 games and, at 6-foot-5, was a beast down the middle of the ice. So why is it surprising that he surpassed 100 points? For starters, Sundin is known as one of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs of all-time; the former captain played 13 seasons with the team and consistently reached the 70-point mark, topping out at 94 points in 1996-97. Because of his legacy with the Maple Leafs, few seem to remember just how good he was with the upstart Quebec Nordiques before he was dealt to Toronto.
Quebec made Sundin the first ever European drafted first overall and the Swede spent four seasons with the team. In his third, Sundin led the team in scoring with 114 points in 80 games, playing alongside Joe Sakic. The Nordiques replaced Sundin's production with that of another Swede in Peter Forsberg, but could you imagine how scary that franchise could have been with Sakic, Forsberg, and Sundin?
2 Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson was one of two players to receive a great bump from playing with prolific goal scorer Dany Heatley and super set up man Jason Spezza. Alfie was a great player throughout his career and perhaps a borderline Hall of Famer, but he was never as good as he was during those two seasons playing alongside Spezza and Heatley. He recorded career-highs in goals and assists during the 2005-06 season with 43 and 60 respectively to give him a total of 103 points.
Beyond that season, Alfredsson failed to reach 90 points in any of the other 17 seasons he played in the league. He was a great leader and a highly-skilled, consistent player, but not one we're bound to think of as a prolific point producer.
1 Dany Heatley
Dany Heatley is one of the players on this list that it's only retroactively surprising that he reached 100 points. Had you been following him during the beginning of his career, you might have thought he would be able to produce numerous seasons of 100-plus points. Yet, if you watched him during the tail end of his career, you would be hard-pressed to believe he even reached 50 points.
Believe it or not, Heatley recorded back-to-back 100 point seasons as a member of the Ottawa Senators in his first two seasons with the team. The trade from Atlanta appeared to be a blessing as he notched 50 goals in both seasons and finished with 103 and 105 points respectively. Along with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, he was unstoppable. He lasted just two more seasons with the team before requesting a trade, which sent him to San Jose. Heatley had a solid 82-point season his first year with the Sharks, but failed to top 64 points in each of his following five seasons. His demise was so rapid that, by the 2014-15 season, at 33 years old, he had just seven points in 25 AHL games.