Jagr thinks McDavid can score 100 goals in a season

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One day after Connor McDavid made franchise history with an opening-night hat trick against the Calgary Flames, one of the all-time greats said he believes the Edmonton Oilers superstar can break Wayne Gretzky's record for goals in a season.

"McDavid is just too good, man," Flames forward Jaromir Jagr told reporters Thursday, via TSN. "If he would learn how to score on breakaways a little more, I think he would score 150 (goals) a season. To score 100 for him, it's possible. He scored three and had another three breakaways (Wednesday night), so I've never seen anything like that in my life, somebody dominating like that."

Jagr believes the modern game and its emphasis on quickness is ideal for McDavid and his uncanny wheels.

"With his speed, in this game right now when you can't hold anyone up, it's very dangerous," Jagr said. "Probably Wayne and Mario (Lemieux) were the same way, but you could grab them (and) hold them with the stick. Right now, (these) rules are just perfect (for) him, so I wouldn't be surprised if some day he scored 100 goals and (broke) the record. It is possible."

Gretzky holds the all-time record with 92 goals in a single season, a feat he accomplished back in 1981-82.

McDavid potted 30 goals in his first full campaign in 2016-17, adding 70 assists to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top point producer, and later winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

The 20-year-old notched 44 goals and 120 points in his final season with the OHL's Erie Otters in 2014-15.