Every sport has milestones that exemplify pure domination of opponents and consistent play on a daily basis—the real hat-hanger season stats.
Baseball has the 20-win pitcher or the 40-home run hitter. Football has the 2,000-yard rusher or the 1,000-yard receiver. And, hockey has the 100-point scorer.
The NHL began in 1917 but for 52 years, there were no 100-point scorers. In the 1968-69, Phil Esposito notched the first 100-point season.
Esposito, Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe all recorded 100 points that year. It has been one of the more coveted achievements in hockey since.
Seemingly all the best scorers in the history of the NHL have hit the century mark.
Wayne Gretzky did 15 times. Dale Hawerchuk did six times. Brett Hull has four. Mario Lemieux has 10.
Last season, there was only one, Evgeni Malkin. Malkin now has three 100-point seasons in his career and could be poised for a fourth.
The 100-point scorer has been a rarity since 2006-07 when seven players hit the mark. Only one player has hit the century mark in the last two seasons.
The accomplishment does have its ups and downs, however. In 1992-93, there were 21 100-point scorers.
There have only been three seasons in without the 100-point scorer, 1999-00, 2000-01 and 2003-04.
With a good amount of offensive talent in the league, could this be the year the century mark bounces back?
Here are some of the players poised to break the 100-point barrier in 2012-13.