Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has had a terrific season, recently surpassing 100 points for the first time in his career. This season is just one part of a tremendous career he’s had with the Flames since making his debut in 2014, and his consistent offensive performances put him on the verge of reaching 600 career points.
Four franchise greats await him in the 600-point club.
The pride of quaint Inverness, Nova Scotia, MacInnis was a first-round pick (15th overall) in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft after a strong run in the Ontario Hockey League. He immediately turned professional and went on to a superb NHL career, winning a Stanley and Conn Smythe Cup in 1989, a Norris Trophy in 1999 and being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
MacInnis has been a very consistent blue line scorer with the Flames. He scored 600 points in just 601 games, reaching 600 on March 16, 1991 with an assist on a power-play goal by Joe Nieuwendyk (Gary Suter had the secondary assist).
MacInnis’ first 600 points included 150 goals and 450 assists. 242 points were tied, 348 power play and 10 shorthanded. He amassed 822 points before his time with the Flames ended in a trade to St. Louis.
A good boy Ontario from Oshawa, Nieuwendyk played with Cornell University and was Calgary’s second-round pick in 1985. He turned pro in 1986 and began a decorated NHL career that saw him win the Calder Trophy (1987), the Conn Smythe Trophy (1999) and three Stanley Cups (1989, 1999 and 2003). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Around here, Nieuwendyk may be best remembered for being traded to the Dallas Stars for a new WHL star named Jarome Iginla. But before Nieuwendyk was traded, he had one hell of a run with the Flames, scoring 600 points in just 564 games. His 600th point was a goal on March 28, 1995, assisted by fellow eventual Hall of Famer Phil Housley.
Nieuwendyk’s first 600 points included 306 goals and 294 assists. 358 points were tied, 229 power play and 13 shorthanded. He had just 16 more points, finishing with 616 when traded to Dallas.
Notable in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Fleury was an eighth-round pick in 1987 primarily selected to be a potential draw for the Flames minor league team. Instead, Fleury ended up becoming the franchise’s defining star of the 1990s.
Although he never won a major individual award, he won the Cup in 1989 and was The Guy for the Flames until his departure in 1999. He reached 600 points in just 555 NHL games, reaching this heading with a secondary assist on a Gary Roberts. power-play goal on March 12, 1996 (German Titov got the main assist).
Fleury’s first 600 points included 269 goals and 333 assists. 364 points were tied, 212 power play and 24 shorthanded. Fleury eventually passed MacInnis for the franchise lead in points, amassing 830 points at the time of his trade to Colorado.
Originally drafted by Dallas in 1995 out of the WHL, Iginla was traded to the Flames for Nieuwendyk, turned pro in the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs and ended up having one of the best careers in hockey’s decades. He won everything but the Stanley Cup, including a scoring title (2002), and he was a first-round Hall of Famer in 2020.
As Flame, Iginla was a defining player of the 2000s, just like Fleury was the defining player of the 1990s. He scored goals, had dramatic fights, and was the guy who gave the team what it needed to win key matches. His 600th point came in his 734 game — thank you, Dead Puck Era — and was a power-play goal Iginla scored on Dec. 7, 2006, assisted by Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf.
Iginla’s first 600 points included 300 goals and 300 assists. 380 points were tied, 198 power play and 22 shorthanded. Iginla passed Fleury for the lead in franchise points, ending up with 1,095 by the time he left for Pittsburgh.
Selected in the fourth round of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL in 2011, Gaudreau became an NCAA star and then an NHL star. He only needs five more points to reach 600 with the Flames. As of this writing, he has 595 points in 593 games.
Two things stand out about Gaudreau’s production: he has zero shorthanded points and he has an impressive 427 evenly-strength points so far. The next closest member of the 600-point club, Iginla, is 47 evenly matched points behind Gaudreau. This speaks to Gaudreau’s productivity without the high offensive level that is the power play.
When do you think Gaudreau will reach 600 points this season? Do you have a favorite goal from Gaudreau or an assist from his previous 595? Let us know in the comments!
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