Except where otherwise noted, all stats gathered from Hockey-Reference.com
Last night, Milan Lucic played his 500th game as a Boston Bruin. By all accounts, he's a big stat nerd. So, let's spit out some stats about it. Start with the GP total: He's only the 49th to ever hit that mark with the Bruins, which is pretty impressive. Here's how his production has broken down during that time:
There are 25 guys in all of Bruins history with at least as many Games, Goals, and Assists as Milan Lucic. Let's take a look at who they are:
- 8 of them are hall-of-famers. (Their totals are much higher, of course.)
- 6 have incurred more penalty minutes than Milan
- Of the 18 we have shot data for, Milan's 14.9 career shooting percentage sits at 11th. Somewhat surprising, considering he generally has a pretty high shooting percentage relative to the team.
- Patrice Bergeron is the only other active Bruin with those totals. The most recent guys before that? Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov.
Fight Break: Lucic vs Komisarek, 2008
Movin' on up
Hit Break: Lucic puts Van Ryn through the glass
Who the hell is Fleming MacKell?
A name kept popping up right above Milan Lucic's in a lot of lists: Fleming MacKell. So I had to find out who this mystery man was. MacKell started his career in the OHL, leading his team in scoring on their way to a Memorial Cup championship in 1947. Milan Lucic played a similar role with the Vancouver Giants in their run in 2008.
MacKell's first NHL game was an all-star game. No, really, it was. Check it out. He ran away from Milt Schmidt! Great story.
MacKell won two cups as a Maple Leaf, but then was traded to the Bruins for Jim Morrison in January 1952. Fleming played 513 games in Black and Gold from 1952 to 1960, plus 80 playoff games. Lucic has played 500 and 96. To be fair, the 1950s Bruins weren't exactly a golden era of the team. Fleming won the Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy his first full year in Boston. That trophy is given to the player who played best on home ice. Milan Lucic has yet to win it.
In 1958, Fleming MacKell led the whole NHL in playoff scoring with the Bruins. Milan Lucic's linemate David Krejci has done it twice. Lucic has yet to hit that mark.
Hit Break: Lucic Breaks Emelin
Anyhow, regardless of what our pals at Days of Y'Orr may say, Milan Lucic has been pretty damn useful for the Bruins. And when he's not useful, he's usually entertaining. And when he's not entertaining, he's usually pissing off the other guys. Thanks for being you, Milan.
Here's to 500 more!