Marek Svatos, meet Cy Young. The two have a date with destiny. Or, at least, Svatos has a date with the designation made famous by Cy Young.
Young, of course, was the famous pitcher who, more than 100 years ago, dominated baseball with 15 seasons of 20 or more wins. His win-loss line every season was heavily weighted on the first number. The connection to hockey comes when goal-scorers, with far more goals than assists, post Young-like numbers such as Svatos has this season: 20-3.
Svatos is on pace for a 34-5 season, which would be a modern-day record, bettering the mark of 34-9 set by Peter Bondra in 1994-95. Other impressive modern-day Cy Young winners over the years have been: Wendel Clark (34-11 in 1985-86), Ray Sheppard (30-10 in 1994-95), Eric Daze (31-11 in 1997-98) and Rick Nash (41-16 in 2003-04).
Joe Malone of Montreal set the all-time record of 44-4 in 1917-18. But that was back in the day when the NHL was parsimonious when handing out assists.
Here are the 10 leaders (minimum 10 goals) so far this season. Special thanks goes to Nic Chabot of Fantasy Sports Services for crunching the past and present Cy Young numbers. (Statistics are goals and assists. Ranking is based on the percentage of goals to points rather than the difference between goals and assists.)
10. Patrick Sharp, Chicago (22-14).
9. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington (38-24).
8. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles (24-15).
7. Bill Guerin, N.Y. Islanders (18-10).
6. Niklas Hagman, Dallas (18-10).
5. Brad Boyes, St. Louis (27-13).
4. Chuck Kobasew, Boston (17-8).
3. David Booth, Florida (14-6).
2. Guillaume Latendresse, Montreal (12-5).
1. Marek Svatos, Colorado (20-3).
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