2016 1st overall pick, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, is quickly making his stamp on the NHL. Connor has been incredible for Edmonton so far and has lived up to the incredible amount of hype people around the sport had bestowed upon him. He plays with a type of flair and swagger you don’t see in the average hockey talent and was also named the captain of the Oilers, which made him the youngest captain in league history.
The Oilers made their first appearance since 2006 in the NHL Playoffs and this has been a direct result of McDavid’s arrival in the locker room. Before he arrived in Edmonton, they continued to miss the postseason even though they had been stockpiling elite talent for a few years. Connor has influenced his teammates play tremendously, made them more efficient, and has propelled his team into Stanley Cup contention in just his 1st full NHL season.
Here is Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s thoughts on Connor McDavid:
In the 2017 season, McDavid led all players with 100 points, led the league in assists with 70, and was T-25th in goals with 30. He is a candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP, and the Ted Lindsay Award for the league’s Most Outstanding Player. Connor would’ve most likely been in consideration for the same two awards last season, but he missed 3 months with a shoulder injury.
Not only Connor saw an increase in his production, his line mates, Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon, both saw significant increases across the board. A season ago, Leon had 19 goals and 32 assists for a total of 51 points with a +/- of -2, while this season he had 29 goals and 48 assists for a total of 77 points with a +/- of +7 in a full season alongside McDavid. Maroon, who only played 16 games last season for Edmonton, had 8 goals and 6 assists for a total of 14 points and was a +6, scored 27 goals and had 15 assists for a total of 42 points and was a +13 alongside McDavid this year.
Connor was integral in the Oilers advancing past the San Jose Sharks in Round One, and he will be just as important if the Oilers wish to advance past the rival Anaheim Ducks in the Western-Semis. McDavid is the brightest up-and-coming superstar in the NHL and he may very well end up being the best in the league very soon.