Scoring 100 points in the NHL is no small feat. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks became the most recent player to reach that milestone when he scored 106 points last season.
Throughout the NHL’s 100 year history, 105 players have notched 100 points. Some of the sport’s greatest names are members of this exclusive club. Wayne Gretzky eclipsed the mark 15 times in his career, followed by Mario Lemieux with 10. Bobby Orr had six 100-point campaigns (as a defenseman!), while Marcel Dionne had eight. Clearly, scoring 100 points is an incredible accomplishment, as some of today’s most talented players have never reached that total. These include Steven Stamkos, Corey Perry, John Tavares, Jamie Benn and Claude Giroux.
Of course, there are some players on the 100-point list who may surprise you. Jacques Richard, Rob Brown, and Joe Juneau are just a few. They benefitted from playing with generational talents who helped inflate their point totals. Once they moved off the top line, their production fell back to realistic levels. That is not to take anything away from the accomplishments of these players. As stated, reaching 100 points is an amazing feat. These players really should not be ranked the “worst” of anything. Nonetheless, these players’ 100-point seasons proved to be more or less a fluke, a one-off, one-hit wonder, whatever you want to call it.
Although, these guys might prefer to be considered the worst of the best, rather than the best of the worst.
15 Guy Chouinard
Guy Chouinard has spent his life around hockey. Even in retirement, he served as a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Choiunard forged a successful career with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames. In 1978-79, he became the first Flames player to score 50 goals in a season. That feat came as part of a 107-point campaign. Considering that the Flames were a relatively new franchise at the time, this was quite the accomplishment.
14 Brent Sutter
Brent Sutter is part of the NHL’s royal Sutter family. He and his five brothers all played professionally in the National Hockey League, and won six Stanley Cups between them. Brent himself played over 1,100 games over 17 years for the Islanders and Blackhawks, and won two Stanley Cups.
Despite scoring over 350 goals and more than 800 points, Sutter only scored 100 points once. It came during the 1984-85 season, when he potted 42 goals and 60 assists. That season proved to be his only 40+ goal season as well. Sutter continued to produce at a respectable clip even after his 1991 trade to Chicago, but he never cracked 70 points again in his career.
13 Craig Janney
Some Blues fans might remember Craig Janney for his feud with teammate Brendan Shanahan that led to both players leaving town in the mid-90s. However, Janney should be better remembered for his productive years for the Boston Bruins in the late 80s and early 90s.
One also cannot forget his 106-point season for the Blues in 1992-93. The 6-foot-1 center scored 24 goals and notched 86 assists that year, playing with Shanahan on his wing. A good portion of those assists came via Shanahan’s 51 goals that season. Janney never reached 100 points again in his career. To be fair, he scored 84 the following season (as Shanahan himself notched his only 100+ point season), but never topped 62 points for the rest of his playing days. He was still a nearly point-per-game player for his career.
12 Kevin Stevens
Kevin Stevens' importance to the early 90s Penguins teams cannot be understated. He scored at least 40 goals in four straight seasons, including back-to-back 50-goal, 100+ point campaigns from 1991-1993.
Yet, playing with a superstar talent like Mario Lemieux certainly helped Stevens. Not to say Lemieux was a crutch for Stevens, but Stevens never equaled his elite production after his 1995 trade to Boston.
11 Rick MacLeish
Rick MacLeish was a great playoff performer. He deserves credit for leading the Flyers in playoff scoring in back-to-back years as they won two Stanley Cups in the mid 70s. At the same time, given that we are discussing 100-point performances, we’ll focus on the regular season.
MacLeish was the first Flyers forward to score 50 goals when he did so in 1972-73. He scored EXACTLY 100 points that season, and never reached that milestone again for the rest of his career. He played 13 more seasons, and only came close to 100 once, when he scored 97 points in 1976-77.
10 Hakan Loob
Hakan Loob had more than just a cool name. The Swedish forward established himself as a solid scorer for the Calgary Flames in the 1980s. In fact, he became the first Swede in NHL history to score 50 goals. That feat came as part of a 106-point season in 1987-88. He won the Stanley Cup with the Flames the following season, and then returned to his native Sweden to finish his professional career.
Loob spent just six seasons in the NHL, and while he was a point-per-game player, he never came close to 100 points again in the NHL. Aside from an 85-point season in his final year in Calgary, Loob never topped 72 points in any of his other four seasons.
9 Bob MacMillan
MacMillan spent 11 seasons in the NHL. Despite being a first-round pick of the New York Rangers in 1972, MacMillan couldn't stick with his hometown team. He played on seven teams before he called it quits in the NHL in 1985.
He never scored more than 63 points in any single season, so that makes his 108-point season in 1978-79 a bit of a fluke. Don't get me wrong, 37 goals for the Atlanta Flames is fairly impressive. Yet, MacMillan flamed out the following season to the tune of 22 goals and 61 points. It’s still good production, but not in the same league as the year before.
8 Rene Robert
Robert comprised one third of the Buffalo Sabres' formidable "French Connection" Line. His linemates, Gilbert Perreault and Rick Martin, formed a high-scoring triple threat that carried the Sabres through the 1970s.
Robert had a great run in Buffalo, and became the first Sabres player in team history to score 100 points in a season when he did so in 1974-75. His 40 goals that year started a streak of three straight 30+ goal seasons. However, he never reached 100 points again in his career.
Interestingly, Perreault notched 113 points the year after Robert's 100. Perreault scored 106 points in 1979-80, but by that point, Robert was playing in Colorado. He was traded before the season, thus ending the French Connection's run.
7 Jean Pronovost
Before Mario Lemieux was the talk of the town in Pittsburgh, Jean Pronovost was the Penguins’ premier scoring forward.
Pronovost arrived in the Steel City via trade from the Boston Bruins in the late 1960s, and hit his stride by the mid-70s. He registered three straight 40+ goal, 70+ point seasons from 1973-1976. One of these seasons, 1975-76, Pronovost scored 52 goals and 104 points. He was the first Penguins player in team history with a 50-goal, 100-point season.
6 Dany Heatley
There is no denying Dany Heatley’s success on the world stage. He is Team Canada’s all-time scoring leader with 69 points, and won a 2010 Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He also formed one third of the Ottawa Senators' high-scoring top line in the late 2000s. Buoyed by Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, Heatley registered back-to-back 50-goal, 100+ point seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Heatley added another 22 points in the 2007 playoffs as the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Final. However, Heatley’s attitude issues resulted in a trade demand from Ottawa in 2009 (the second such demand of his career). The Senators dealt him to San Jose, where he gelled with Joe Thornton.
However, the success didn’t last. Heatley went from 82 points in his first season with the Sharks, to 64 the following season. He was traded to Minnesota in 2011, where his totals continued to drop. His last full NHL season came in 2013-14, and he scored just 28 points in 76 games.
5 Vic Hadfield
Vic Hadfield was one third of the New York Rangers' famous G-A-G line. The acronym, short for "goal-a-game," certainly fit.
Hadfield enjoyed his best season as Jean Ratelle's left wing in 1971-1972. Rod Gilbert completed the triplet and the line carried the Rangers to the 1972 Stanley Cup Final.
Hadfield accounted for 50 of the line's 139 goals that season. He became the Rangers' first 50-goal scorer, and registered 106 points.
4 Joe Juneau
It’s rare to score 100+ points in your first full NHL season. Few rookies have accomplished that feat. Some names you may recognize: Teemu Selanne, Peter Stastny, Alex Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Dale Hawerchuk and of course, Wayne Gretzky.
There’s one other name you might not be familiar with: Joe Juneau. The Bruins rookie potted 102 points in his first full season in the NHL in 1992-93. His 70 assists that season came as a result of playing with star scorers like Adam Oates and Cam Neely. That mark still stands a single-season record for assists by a left winger.
3 Rob Brown
Rob Brown's stand-out play in the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League earned him high praise heading into the 1986 draft.
He benefitted from being Mario Lemieux's right winger during the late 80s and early 90s. Brown’s peak came in 1988-89, when he scored 49 goals and 115 points. Lemieux, by comparison, had 199 points. His 114 assists were one less than Brown's entire point total.
Without the "Lemieux boost," Brown never approached 100 points again in his career. He scored 80 points the following season, but failed to net more than 42 in any season until his retirement in 2003. He spent time in Hartford, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, along with some AHL and IHL stints mixed in.
2 Blaine Stoughton
Stoughton was drafted seventh overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1973, but didn't stay in the Steel City long. He played for four teams during his eight-year career, and registered his only 100-point when he scored exactly 100 points for the Hartford Whalers during the 1979-80 season. It was with the Hartford Whalers that Stoughton appeared to finally live up to his top-10 pick status. Up until then, he bounced between the NHL, AHL, CHL, and WHA.
At the same time, he couldn't sustain that elite production. Stoughton still averaged about 40 goals and 80 points in four seasons from 1979-1983. His production fell off during the 1983-84 season, when he scored 23 goals and 37 points in 54 games for Hartford. His lackluster play resulted in a mid-season trade to the New York Rangers.
1 Jacques Richard
The Atlanta Flames drafted Richard with the second overall pick in 1972. He was fresh off 71-goal, 160-point season with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Flames hoped Richard would carry that torrid scoring into the NHL. It was not to be. He played 215 games for the Flames over three seasons, and scored just 103 points. The Flames traded Richard to Buffalo in 1975, where he continued to disappoint. His gambling and drug addictions likely contributed to his underwhelming play.
He was demoted to the AHL twice before the Sabres released him in 1980. He signed with the Quebec Nordiques, where he played on a line with Peter and Anton Stastny. The Stastny brothers boosted Richard’s production to 52 goals and 103 points during the 1980-81 season.
However, that season was a one-hit wonder. Richard was dropped from that line the next season, and subsequently scored 15 goals and 41 points. He retired in 1983.
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