EDMONTON - Ryan Smyth needs two more goals.
He now has 382. Two more would put the old war horse tied for 100th place all-time in NHL goal scoring.
Think about that. Top 100. Goal scoring. All-time.
When it was whispered to him prior to Christmas how close he was to making the Top 100, it came as much of a surprise to Smyth as I suspect it is to most readers today.
“I had no idea,” he said prior to his 1,229th career game last night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
“It’s awe-striking,” added the 37-year-old who scored both goals in the Oilers’ 2-0 win over Calgary Friday.
To be in the Top 100 in scoring goals would be one whale of an achievement for the player who has made his living in the one area where so many fear to go.
Smyth managed to reach his current tie for 101st with Patrick Elias of the New Jersey Devils by taking 3,377 shots from a combined distance of about 3,377 feet. Surely no one in the Top 100 has a combined length of goal scoring distance shorter than Ryan Smyth.