Jarome Iginla (12) Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Helpers - NHL Assists Milestones

Just yesterday I covered the milestones that have happened this season in goals scored [read here], today is all about the helpers. There are a laundry list of players who most likely will reach career milestones in assists this season, and there have been a few players who have already reached one.

Jarome Iginla reached 600 career assists. Iginla just achieved this feet last night against the Vancouver Canucks in his 1,287 game played – he assisted Lucic on the Bruins first goal. Drafted 11th overall in the 1995 NHL draft by Dallas, Iginla made his debut with Calgary in the 1996-97 season – he had 50 points that season, 21 goals and 29 assists.

Shane Doan (19)
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Shane Doan reached 500 career assists. On January 28th Doan added his 500th assist in a 3-0 Phoenix win over Los Angeles. Drafted in 1995 by the Winnipeg Jets, Doan has played in 1,288 NHL games during his career. He played in the last season the Jets were in Winnipeg (95-96) before moving to Phoenix, and has been part of the Coyotes organization ever since.

Milan Michalek reached 200 career assists. Michalek assisted on a Karlsson goal for Ottawa in the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 30th to hit 200 career assists. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 draft, Michalek has spent his career with two teams thus far, the Sharks and the Ottawa Senators.

Cody Franson reached 100 career assists. Drafted in 2005 by the Nashville Predators, after playing two season with the Predators he was traded to the Maple Leafs, his current team. Franson has played in 299 NHL games, and he has recorded 127 career points.

Chuck Kobasew reached 100 career assists last season. Kobasew was drafted 14th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2001, and has had a somewhat rocky career. Last season he played 37 games for the Colorao Avalanche and he recorded 9 points, 4 of which were assists.

Below is a list of players who are on the verge of hitting an assist milestone in their career…

Duncan Keith295
Alexander Steen198
Jeff Carter198
Travis Zajac197
Mikael Samuelsson197
RJ Umberger196
Tobias Enstrom196
Joffrey Lupol195
Tyler Bozak99
Tomas Kopecky99
Joel Ward99
Logan Couture99
Gregory Campbell98
Andrej Sekera98
Victor Hedman98
Patric Hornqvist98
Craig Adams97
David Desharnais96
Max Pacioretty96
Troy Brouwer96
Michael Del Zotto96
Daniel Winnik96
Josh Bailey95
Jan Hejda95
Tyler Seguin95

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