In today’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scored the 200th goal of his National Hockey League (NHL) career.
His 200th career goal (assisted from Phillip Danault, Jeff Petry), comes in the 537th game of his NHL career and the captain Pacioretty now has 26 goals on the 2016-17 season. Despite being the Habs’ regular leader in goal scorers, Pacioretty had a slow start to the season with only 5 goals in his first 23 games of the season by the start of December. Since the beginning December he has been on fire, scoring 20 goals in 33 games.
If he can stay healthy until the end of the season, Pacioretty is on pace for 38 goals in 82 games.
Max Pacioretty was selected 22nd overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens. This was a particularly strong draft for the Habs as they also picked up P.K. Subban and Ryan McDonagh (and the St. Louis Blues selected who would be future Hab Lars Eller).
Max stacks up well against the rest of his draft class. A decade after the draft, he has become the third member of his draft class to join the 200 goals club. The only players to do it before him were Patrick Kane in his 561st game and Jamie Benn in his 539th game.
While Pacioretty is the third in his draft class to reach the milestone, he has done it in the least amount of games. Much of this is in part due to playing a year at the University of Michigan after he was drafted and splitting time between the NHL and then-AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs until the 2011-12 season.
Pacioretty is the 456th player in NHL history to reach the 200 goals mark. Active players nearing the milestone include Lee Stempniak (194), Wayne Simmonds (192), Alexandre Burrows (191), and Blake Wheeler (189). Next stop? 300.