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The Edmonton Oilers grabbed Connor McDavid Friday night, which he was the number one sought after draft pick in the game. This could mean a trip to the playoffs for Edmonton for the 2015-2016 NHL season. McDavid will be playing for the Wayne ‘The Great one’ Gretzky’s former team.
McDavid, was born in Canada in 1997, and played for the Toronto Marlboros, an AAA minor league team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. (GTHL) He scored 33 goals in 33 games and had almost 40 assists. He scored a total of 72 points with the Marlboros in that first season, which is the season he was named player of the year in the GTHL when he helped his team win the championship and was given, an excellent player status. That top player ranking allowed him to enter the Ontario Hockey League, (OHL) at a priority level when he was just 15-years-old. McDavid was a first overall pick of the minor league team, the Erie Otters, in Pennsylvania.
His first season with the Otters, he scored 25 goals in 63 games, for 66 total points with over 40 assists. He had an impressive record, yet he was still ranked at the lowest on the Western Conference league at -24, but he was named Rookie of the Year for the OHL. McDavid played in the 2013 World Championships with Team Canada and scored a total of 14 goals, to which he scored eight in a seven-game series and was named the MVP of the tournament.
The following season, McDavid brought his game to an even higher level and brought the Otters along for the ride. He played in only 56 games but scored a total of 99 points making 28 points himself and over 70 assists, which gave him a +47 rating. He had a total of 19 points in the 2014 OHL Playoffs in the Western Conference finals. He played with Team Canada in the U20 Junior World Championships in 2014, picking up one goal with three assists. In his third season with the Otters, he scored 47 goals and was ranked at +60. The number one draft pick had only played in 47 games for 2015 after fracturing his right hand during a fight on the ice, but it is clear a broken bone has not hurt his career.
This young player has been compared to Sydney Crosby, when he was chosen in 2005 as first overall draft pick, there has not been a better player since Crosby was drafted for the Oilers, until of course McDavid. His hockey IQ, shot, and skating are all at a superior level of playing. He has the capability to motivate his team to try harder and to play better. He was considered the best player for the NHL Draft.
The Edmonton Oilers grabbed up McDavid, for a number one draft pick, which gave them some light at the end of the tunnel. They have not had a trip to the playoffs since 2006. It is said that McDavid is going to be the next Gretzky and bring the team back to playoff contention. In seven seasons with the Oilers, Gretzky helped the team win five championship titles. Edmonton’s new player told reporters that he was excited about playing for a team with such significant history. Oilers’ general manager said that he believes they are lucky to have him, and he is quite possibly the key to the door of their future.
McDavid’s journey had taken him to great lengths, his hard work has paid off. Although he has more work ahead of him, many believe he has a great chance of scoring the goal to success. The Edmonton Oilers’ move that grabbed a number one draft pick, Connor McDavid, brought a sign to the fans of a promising season.
Commentary By Katherine Miller-Chichester
Edited By Leigh Haugh
ABC News–No Surprise: Connor McDavid Goes Number One in NHL Draft
Hockey Future–Connor McDavid
NHL.com–The Official Site of the Edmonton Oilers
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