As is the case in real life, in hockey, all good things must come to an end.
Hamilton Bulldogs winger and Arizona Coyotes prospect (Round 3, 65th overall, 2018 NHL Entry Draft) Jan Jenik has been nothing short of impressive this season coming off an Ontario Hockey League high 26 game point streak in which he notched 22 goals and 34 helpers.
But just how impressive has the streak been?
Well, since the turn of the century, few players have had longer point streaks. The Oshawa Generals’ Brett MacLean had a 32-game point streak during the 2007-2008 campaign while the Sarnia Stings’ Jordan Kyrou had himself a 30-game point streak during the 2016-2017 season.
Jenik’s 26 games have him one shy of the next with three National Hockey League superstars, Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Alex DeBrincat.
That’s not to say that Jenik will end up in the same class as those players. MacLean only went on to play 18 games in the NHL but was forced to retire after suffering cardiac arrest while playing in a pick up game in July of 2012. He had just come off of three 20-goal and a 30-goal season in the American Hockey League and was hoping to make his mark.
Kyrou is still trying to carve himself a niche. The second-round pick, 35th overall by the St Louis Blues has had to battle some injuries but has been clipping along at a near point-per-game pace in the AHL and has recently been called up to the Blues.
But as you go through the list of those with the longest point streaks since the 2001-2001 season, you’ll find that there can be a transition in offence from the OHL to the NHL.
In terms of points per game during their respective streaks, Jenik is no Sergei Kostityn, who led the way with a remarkable 2.84 points-per-game during his run in 2006-2007 with the London Knights. Jenik is no slouch, having put up 2.15 points per game during his drive, good for tenth spot.
However, what is most impressive is the percentage of team’s offense the players provided while they were on their respective rosters. And if you look near the top, you’ll find Jenik’s name. It’s not an exact representations as Jenik hasn’t even played half the season yet, but it does represent how important he is to the Bulldogs offence.
Despite the offensive prowess, Jenik’s defensive game sometimes gets overshadowed. He is a smart player without the puck, knowing how to take away passing lanes and almost always has his stick in an excellent defensive posture. Coaches aren’t afraid to use him on the PK, and yes even down two men. He takes important faceoffs and is usually one of the first over the boards in the last minute to defend a one-goal lead or to try and even things up. In his last game against Mississauga where the streak ended, he was the guy in front of his empty net blocking a sure goal to give his team a chance. Oh, and a premature whistle by the referee in which Jenik scored to tie the game, caused his point streak to come to an end.
Goal or no goal? You be the ref pic.twitter.com/xG2CaN2KJJ
— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) December 7, 2019