With the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry draft, the Edmonton Oilers have selected C Connor McDavid from the Erie Otters in the OHL. Just 10 weeks after the unthinkable happened and the Oilers won the draft lottery with an 11.5% chance along with the right to draft Connor McDavid, it is now official. He is an Edmonton Oiler and will be for a long time.
Coming off of a junior career with the Erie Otters that saw him score at a tremendous pace of 1.72 PPG in the regular season, and 2.06 PPG in the playoffs, there is no denying the pure superstar ability that is Connor McDavid. There is no denying the hype and excitement that McDavid brings to Edmonton. Fans have already been purchasing unofficial jerseys for sometime, and an Edmonton store has refused to sell any until he was actually drafted.
McDavid's final junior season was filled with highs and lows. In November of 2014, he broke his hand in a fight with Bryson Cianfrone of the Missisauga Steelheads. The following quote is from an interview his father, Brian McDavid, did with the Toronto Star:
The Star: What did you think of his fight in November when he broke his hand?
BM: "I was at the game. I just happen to be there that night. I was at the other end of the rink and I did not see how it started. My initial thinking was: ‘What is the heck is he doing?’ And that was before I knew he hurt his hand.
"When I realized he had hurt himself I went down immediately. We took him to the hospital right away. And I asked him what happened he said: ‘Dad, the guy jumped me. What else was I supposed to do? He dropped the gloves and started swinging. What else was I supposed to do?’
"I was immediately 110 per cent in his corner. He did what he had to do. The outcome was unfortunate but he did what he had to do, he defended himself. And I am very, very proud of him for that."
This was the low point for Connor McDavid's season, but it shows the characteristics this young man has. He returned to help the Canadian World Junior team scoring 11 points in 7 games on their way to a Gold Medal win. From there, he led the Erie Otters to a Western Conference Finals appearance where they fell to Darnell Nurse's Sault St. Marie Greyhounds.
McDavid will almost certainly join the Oilers next season, and will hopefully help lead the Oilers back to the promised land.