Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Scored on October 14, 2015
Connor McDavid is billed as the future of the NHL. With all of the hype his first goal is sure to be incredible, right? Ah…s’okay. In his third NHL game, McDavid tipped home his first NHL goal. Crosby and Gretzky actually scored for the first time in their third games too. Coincide? Absolutely! So, which player scored the nicest goal for their first?
Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers)
Scored on October 14, 1979
The Great One scores his first goal against the Vancouver Canucks’ Glen Hanlon. During his career Gretzky went on to score 894 regular season goals.
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Scored on October 8, 2005
With Lemieux chilling on the bench, Crosby fires his first goal into the wide open net of the Boston Bruins’ Hannu Toivonen.
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Scored on October 11, 1984
Lemieux’s first goal was on his fist shot. Scored against the Boston Bruin’s Pete Peters.
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Scored on October 5, 2005
The great eight notched his first goal of many, scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Pascal Leclaire. Ovie also won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. Suck it, Crosby.
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Scored on October 8, 2015
In the season opener, rookie Jack Eichel snipes his first NHL goal past the Ottawa Senators’ Craig Anderson. Eichel or McDavid is turning into Crosby or Ovechkin. The Calder race is on boys.
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Scored on October 10, 2007
Toews scores his first with a top-shelf, snap-show goal. Scored against the San Jose Sharks’ Evgeni Nabokov.
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Scored on October 3, 2009
For his first goal, Tavares shovels the puck backhand into the net. Scored against the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mark-Andre Fleury.
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Scored on October 30, 2008
Stamkos tips home his first goal. Scored against the Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller. Stamkos recently reached the 500 point milestone.
P.K Subban (Montreal Canadiens)
Scored on November 11th, 2010
Pernell Karl Subban scores his first goal with a one-time clapper. Scored against the Boston Bruins’ Tukka Rask.
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
Scored on December 19, 2009
With a blast from the point, Karlsson gets his first goal. Scored against the Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Backstrom.
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)
Scored on January 19, 2013.
Tarasenko is sprung for a breakaway to score his first goal. Scored against the Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard.
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Scored on October 18, 2006
Malkin was the last one to get his stick on the puck for his first goal. Scored against the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur.
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Scored on October 30, 2001
The Magic Man was in full effect from the very beginning. With a beautiful backhand Datsyuk scored his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurircanes’ Tom Barrasso.
Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers)
Scored on October 7, 2010
In the Battle of Alberta, Mr. Clutch nets his first NHL goal in style. Scored against the Calgary Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff.