By the numbers: Looking back at Pietrangelo’s first 999 NHL games

By the numbers: Looking back at Pietrangelo’s first 999 NHL games

At the beginning of each NHL season, a player is given an 82-game schedule where they have an opportunity to impact their club and bring success. In the most competitive hockey league in the world, playing day in and day out is no easy feat, and only the best players stick around.

Alex Pietrangelo is a player who has given his team a chance to win in the last 16 seasons and has succeeded. A two-time Stanley Cup champion (STL 2019, VGK 2023), a former All-Star and franchise record holder, Pietrangelo has led his teams to a 571-322-106 record while posting a .626 hitting percentage when was in line -up.

Skating in 1,000 NHL games is an elite club that only 389 players in league history have been able to accomplish, and Pietrangelo will join them when the Vegas Golden Knights take on the Minnesota Wild on February 12th. The defenseman will become the first player to reach 1,000 points as a Golden Knight after skating 758 GP with St. Louis and 241 GP with Vegas.

Let’s dive into the stats that got Pietrangelo to game 1,000.

On October 10, 2008, Pietrangelo made his NHL debut in the St. Louis Cardinals’ season overall by the Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft that summer. The young defenseman checked in on the ice at 15:54 and finished with a +1 rating.

Pietrangelo found himself on an NHL score sheet for the first time in his sixth game on November 6, 2008, when he assisted on Keith Tkachuk’s opening goal against San Jose.

On October 24, 2009, the defenseman scored his first NHL goal against Dallas in 10th career game. Pietrangelo has scored 141 goals since then, including 32 game-winners.

The 2010-2011 season was Pietrangelo’s first full NHL stint with the Blues, appearing in 79 games and leading the St. Louis defensemen in scoring. Fourteen of Pietrangelo’s points (4-10-14) came on the power play, third most on the Blues and led all Blues.

In Game 27, Pietrangelo tallied a pair of assists to record the first multi-point game (2A) of his career. Fittingly, Pietrangelo wore No. 27 at the time for the Blues. His competitive spirit has led to 126 career multi-point games, making Pietrangelo the ninth highest-scoring active defenseman in the NHL.

Pietrangelo hit 100th game on October 15, 2011, in his second full NHL season. In his first 100 games, Pietrangelo recorded 13G 35A for 48PTS to rank fifth among Blues defensemen since his debut.

March 11, 2020, marked Pietrangelo’s final regular season game as a St. Louis Blue after appearing in 758 games, including the last 298 as captain. Pietrangelo’s final season with the Blues followed his first Stanley Cup Championship as he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 12, 2019, against Bruce Cassidy’s Boston Bruins. His 341 assists are the most by a Blues defenseman in franchise history, while his 109 goals and 450 points in St. Louis.

The golden age
On January 14, 2021, Pietrangelo skated in his 759th career game, but in his first game as a Golden Knight. In his fourth game with Vegas, the defenseman showed off his offensive prowess when he scored his first VGK goal and tallied an assist on the power play in Vegas’ 5-2 win over Arizona. In his 241 games with Vegas, Pietrangelo owns 144 career points (33G, 111A) and is the franchise leader in ice time (24:16 TOI).

Many of Pietrangelo’s teammates refer to him as a “workhorse” for his ability to log big minutes and never show fatigue. In Game 170, Pietrangelo posted 32:30 TOI, the first time he’s skated 30+ minutes in a game. The blueliner has been an all-situation player for most of his career, leading him to average the sixth most ice time among active players in the NHL (24:33 TOI). In game 908, Pietrangelo recorded 34:16 TOI, the most minutes played of his career.

In his time in Vegas, Pietrangelo has put his name in the young franchise record books. On April 6, 2023, Pietrangelo passed Shea Theodore for the Golden Knights single-season scoring record by a defenseman (52 PTS) and finished with 11 goals and 43 assists, for 54 points. Pietrangelo also shares the best single game plus/minus rating record with d partner Alec Martinez, both posting a +5 rating twice with Vegas.

It felt so good, HE DID IT TWICE
On June 13, 2023, Pietrangelo lifted the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career. Pietrangelo became the second player in NHL history to score a Cup goal against a head coach and later win a championship with him in the same role. The defenseman helped bring the Cup to the city of Las Vegas and was one of five Golden Knights to lead a franchise to its first Stanley Cup twice (also St. Louis).

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