He has the most assists of all time. You call that stat padding?
Sets an NHL record for most goals in one season with 92 in 1981-82, breaking Phil Esposito's record of 76, set with Boston in 1970-71.
Breaks his own mark of most assists in a single season with 120 in 1981-82.
Nets 10 hat tricks in 1981-82 to garner yet another record.
Surpasses his own mark for most assists in a single season with 125 in 1982-83.
Notches an NHL record with a 30-game scoring streak during the 1982-83 season, surpassing Guy Lafleur's record of 28 in 1976-77.
Sets NHL Stanley Cup Playoff records during the 1983 postseason with 26 assists and 38 points.
Establishes a new record by notching at least one point in 51 consecutive games, tallying 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points during the streak in 1983-84. The next longest streak is held by Mario Lemieux, who had a 46-game scoring streak in which he scored 39 goals and 103 points.
Sets an NHL record with 12 shorthanded goals and ties his own mark with 10 hat tricks during the 1983-84 season.
Leads the NHL in 1984-85 with a plus-98 rating.
Breaks his own single season record with 135 assists in 1984-85.
During the 1985 postseason, Gretzky rewrites the record books, with 30 assists and 47 points in one playoff year.
Gretzky keeps raising the bar for points in one season, including playoffs, registering 255 in 1984-85.
# Gretzky scores his 37th career three-goal-game on Jan. 8, 1986, tying Mike Bossy's career mark.
Gretzky wins eight consecutive Hart Trophies as the MVP of the League.
Yeah, a lot of padding going on there. Oh and by the way, Messier stated that the best player he ever played with was the Great One. Yeah, he had a great team in Edmonton but he was still putting up huge stats in St. Louis and LA without help. And he did go to the Stanley Cup with LA but lost to Montreal in 1993.