Cam Atkinson Is on the Verge of Breaking the Blue Jackets All-Time Single-Season Goal Record

By Dan Dukart on March 11, 2019 at 10:15 am
Cam Atkinson skates down the ice with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena
Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Atkinson is on the verge of a Columbus Blue Jackets franchise record.

With just three more goals this season, Atkinson will tie Rick Nash's team record with 41 goals in a season. Atkinson, who already has a career high with 63 points (38-25-63) in 66 games, has never hit the 40-goal mark, but has bested his previous career-high of 35 goals.

Atkinson is already in rare company this season. His 0.58 goals/game is the best in franchise history, and he's part of the most prolific line the club has ever iced. And with 14 games left to play, it would likely take an injury to keep Atkinson away from conquering Nash's record.

Blue Jackets All-Time Single Season Goal Leaders
Rank Name Goals Games Season Goals/Game
1 Rick Nash 41 80 2003-04 0.51
2 Rick Nash 40 78 2008-09 0.51
T-3 Cam Atkinson 38 66 2018-19 0.58
T-3 Rick Nash 38 80 2007-08 0.48
5 Cam Atkinson 35 82 2016-17 0.43

It's even more impressive how Atkinson stacks up against his peers. The right winger is tied for fourth in the NHL with 38 goals, behind some fairly recognizable names:

2018-19 NHL Single-Season Goal Leaders
Rank Name Goals
1 Alex Ovechkin 46
2 Leon Draisaitl 41
3 Patrick Kane 40
T-4 Cam Atkinson 38
T-4 John Tavares 38

It's not an anomaly, either. Atkinson's 124 goals since 2015-16 rank 12th in the NHL in front of names like Evgeni Malkin (123) and Connor McDavid (120). 

The two-time All-Star has epitomized consistency and continued development during his tenure with the Blue Jackets. His goal totals increase almost linearly (7, 9, 21, 22, 27, 35, 24, 38), and he's shown new wrinkles to improve his game each and every year. Once Atkinson bests Nash, the chase will be on the see if he can best Nash's most sacred franchise record, all-time goals with the franchise. As it stands today, Nash's 289 career goals in a Blue Jackets' sweater are above only, you guessed it, Atkinson (183).

It's possible that Atkinson hits the 40-goal mark this coming week. If he does, he should be celebrated as one of the best players to ever wear the Blue Jackets logo. And when he breaks Nash's record after that, he'll cement is legacy as an all-time great in the franchise's history.

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