The historic milestones for Alex DeBrincat keep piling up. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect scored his 59th and 60th goals of the season for the Erie Otters on Sunday, becoming the 34th player in OHL history to record 60 goals in a single season.
DeBrincat, a 2016 second-round pick by the Blackhawks, has recorded 60 goals and 59 assists in 57 games, which puts him in rarefied air as one of the most productive players the league has ever seen. He scored twice against the Niagara IceDogs to add to his list of incredible achievements.
This is just the 35th 60-goal season by an OHL player, and the first since Dane Fox in 2013-14. The only player to ever score 60 goals in a season twice is Tony Tanti in 1980-81 and 1981-82, although DeBrincat reached a special mark of his own with three straight 50-goal seasons. Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Doug Gilmour, Eric Lindros, and Bernie Nicholls are among other players in the 60-goal club.
It’s pretty clear at this point that DeBrincat is ready to move on from the OHL. He’s currently on a 17-game goal streak (along with a 20-game point streak), and his leads in the league leaderboards are almost stupid.
Alex DeBrincat, 60 (CHI)
Dmitri Sokolov, 42 (MIN)
Owen Tippett, 42 (2017 draft prospect)
Zachary Senyshyn, 41 (BOS)
Jonah Gadjovich, 40 (2017 draft prospect)
Alex DeBrincat, 119 (CHI)
Taylor Raddysh, 100 (TB)
Adam Mascherin, 94 (FLA)
Jordan Kyrou, 88 (STL)
Nick Suzuki, 85 (2017 draft prospect)
He’s scored 18 more goals than any other player this season, which is simply ridiculous. His points lead is unbeatable, too. The only other player to reach 100 so far is one of his linemates, Raddysh, who is a very good prospect in his own right.
The previous two seasons, DeBrincat finished second in the OHL in goals with 51 each year. It seemed hard to believe that he could really raise his game even higher, especially when you consider he spent his first season with Connor McDavid, but right now, his line with Raddysh and top Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome is unstoppable. If Strome had been around all season, DeBrincat’s numbers would probably be even crazier.
DeBrincat still has six more games in the OHL regular season to keep adding to his numbers. He’s got a great chance of passing Kane’s 62 goals, and has a small shot at becoming the eighth player to ever reach 70 goals. The all-time record of 87 goals by Ernie Godden in 1980-81 is firmly out of reach, though.