Martin St. Louis defied the odds as an undrafted player who has developed an outstanding NHL career. Now it appears that he’s also defied the aging process.
St. Louis, 37, became the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy by scoring 60 points this season. An NBC SN infographic reveals that Bill Cook was the oldest ever to lead league scoring at 36 (1932-33) while Gordie Howe set the modern mark at 34 by scoring 86 points in 1962-63.
This is the second Art Ross Trophy of St. Louis’ career. His previous one came in the 2003-04 season where he also won the Hart Trophy and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s only Stanley Cup.
Evgeni Malkin was last season’s winner with 109 points.
In case you’re wondering, his 60 points in 48 games is the equivalent to a 103 point season (rounded up). One other in case you’re wondering: Sidney Crosby’s 56 points in 36 games would translate to 128 points (also rounded up).
Do note that St. Louis isn’t technically the Art Ross winner yet. Here are the scoring leaders from the four teams that are still active, for those who want to imagine ridiculous streaks that invalidate this post:
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar, 41 points
San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton, 40 points
Ottawa Senators: Cory Conacher, 28 points
Boston Bruns: Brad Marchand, 36 points
Deep analysis: St. Louis is probably safe.