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Connor McDavid | Center | #97

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/13/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM
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Connor McDavid has been named as the winner of the Hart Trophy.
The Hart Trophy goes to the league's most valuable player as voted on by the PHWA. McDavid ended up with 1,604 points over Sidney Crosby, who had 1,104. The last time this award went to a member of the Edmonton Oilers, it was Mark Messier claiming it in 1989–90. McDavid shone in his sophomore campaign with 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games. He's the fourth youngest winner of this award. He also claimed the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted on by his peers. Jun 21 - 10:40 PM

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Connor McDavid has been selected as the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Ted Lindsay Award is given to the most outstanding player as judged by his peers in the NHLPA. McDavid is the first Edmonton Oilers player to win the award since Mark Messier (although it was the Lester B. Pearson Award at the time of Messier). McDavid also became the second youngest recipient of the award after Sidney Crosby. Obviously for McDavid to get this honor as a sophomore is very impressive, but it's not surprising after he scored 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 21 - 8:17 PM

The Edmonton Oilers could reportedly announce extensions with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at the same time this summer.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the team wanted to sign McDavid first just to establish a pecking order, but that's changed now. The terms of the potential contracts aren't yet known, but Dreger mentioned that each player could fetch an eight-year deal or a five-year deal. McDavid still has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, while Draisaitl is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 3 - 10:37 AM

It will be interesting to see how much Connor McDavid signs for once he's eligible to sign a contract on July 1.

Typically players coming off their entry-level contract don't have much in the way of negotiating power as they're restricted free agents without arbitration rights, but obviously McDavid is a unique case. It seems unlikely that Edmonton would risk playing hardball with a player that has already won the Art Ross Trophy at age 20. In fact, this looks like a case where McDavid holds all the cards and can basically set his own price should he be willing to agree to the maximum length, eight-year contract. With that in mind it will be interesting to see if his new deal exceeds the cap hit set by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million each). Of course, if he leaves money on the table then Edmonton will have more cap flexibility to build a team around him, so we'll see how much of a consideration that proves to be.
May 18 - 10:18 AM

Connor McDavid has one more season left on his entry-level contract and an extension is at the top of GM Peter Chiarelli's to-do list.

The 20-year-old Oilers captain led the NHL in assists (70) and points (100) during the 2016-17 season. McDavid has generated 46 goals and 148 points in the first 127 games of his NHL career.
Source: TSN.ca
May 16 - 6:08 PM

Connor McDavid will benefit from his first taste of NHL playoff action.

"It's tough when you're not getting space. A guy like me needs time with the puck and the ability to come through the middle with speed, and obviously, when they're taking that away, it makes your job pretty tough," McDavid said. "It's not fun playing with a shadow, but it's something you get through. Maybe I'll get used to it. Obviously, it was my first experience in the playoffs. It was a good one, we learned a lot as a team and I learned a lot about myself." He posted five goals and four assists in 13 playoff matches after he led the league in scoring during the regular season with 100 points in 82 games. McDavid wants to improve on faceoffs and he intends to shoot the puck more often when he gets the chance. He should be at the top of everyone's draft board going into the 2017-18 season.
May 13 - 11:02 AM

Connor McDavid was able to see the positives in the Oilers' 2016-17 campaign even in the aftermath of their 2-1 loss to Anaheim in Game 7 of the second round series.

"It’s going to take some time to get over it, but there are a lot of positives we can take from this year," McDavid said. "We won’t have to answer the experience question anymore, which is nice. Next season we’ll find ourselves in a similar spot and be able to look back on this, feel that disappointment and know what it’s like, how much it sucks." Expectations will definitely be higher for the Oilers in 2017-18 compared to what they were like entering this season. The Oilers finally managed to end their postseason drought and become a competitive team this season. They're still young too with plenty of players, like McDavid, that could be effective for many years to come.
May 11 - 10:06 AM

Connor McDavid was held without a point in the Oilers 7-1 win over Anaheim Sunday.

That bodes well for the Oilers who usually rely on the Great McDavid to provide a lot of their scoring punch. "First and foremost, he’s the driver. But in the playoffs there are times when other people have to step up," Zack Kassian said. We know we’re a good team in here. But he’s the best player in the world in my opinion and in all of our opinions." McDavid is sitting at five goals and nine points in 12 games after leading the NHL in scoring as a 20-year-old with 100 points. He is the first overall pick in most pools next season.
May 8 - 10:00 AM

Connor McDavid guaranteed a victory in Game 6 for Edmonton by saying the Oilers will be back in Anaheim for Game 7 Wednesday.

You have to love the confidence of the kid who is only 20 and is one of the top two players in the NHL. McDavid picked up his first multi-point game in the playoffs Friday in the Oilers epic loss to Anaheim as he had a goal and an assist. He has five goals and nine points in 11 games during the playoffs. If anyone is capable of taking a team on his back, it is Connor McDavid.
May 7 - 7:55 AM

Connor McDavid picked up a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 double overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

It looked like McDavid and the Oilers would leave Anaheim with a 3-2 lead in the series, as they were up 3-0 with 3:16 left in the third period, but that's when things fell apart. Anaheim managed to score three goals with goalie John Gibson pulled in favor of an extra attacker. The first overtime didn't solve anything, but Ducks forward Corey Perry managed to sink the Oilers with his tally at the 6:57 mark of double overtime. McDavid has now found the back of the net in three straight games. This was the first time he put together a multi-point effort in the playoffs in his young career. The Oilers captain has five goals and four assists in 11 games during the postseason. Edmonton is now heading back home on the brink of elimination. Game 6 will go Sunday night.
May 6 - 3:13 AM

Connor McDavid scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 OT loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

McDavid was outstanding in the opening frame. He created a number of chances before finding the back of the net to give his team a 2-0 lead late in the first period. Unfortunately for Oilers, they fell apart in the second period and they watched the Ducks score three unanswered goals. Edmonton's Drake Caggiula tied the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg added the game-winning goal just 45 seconds into overtime. McDavid is up to four goals and three assists in 10 games this postseason. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two. Game 5 will be played in Anaheim on Friday night.
May 4 - 1:25 AM

Connor McDavid has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award.

The award is given to the most outstanding player as voted by the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association. McDavid finished the year with 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games this season. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns are the other two nominees.
May 2 - 7:08 PM

Connor McDavid is a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

The other two candidates are Sidney Crosby and Sergei Bobrovsky. McDavid is the favorite for the league's MVP award after scoring 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games. Crosby was 11 points shy of McDavid, though he did score 14 more goals than the Oilers forward. If McDavid does win the Hart Trophy, he will become the third player to do so before his 21st birthday. The other two were Crosby and Wayne Gretzky.
May 2 - 10:12 AM

Connor McDavid scored a goal in Edmonton's 6-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 3 on Sunday.

McDavid has recorded a point in four of the Oilers' last five games. He has three goals and six points in nine playoff contests. That's not bad, but it's also not at the level we would hope for from McDavid. We'll have to see if he breaks out at some point and steals some games for the Oilers.
May 1 - 9:44 AM

Connor McDavid is on a three-game point streak.

McDavid registered an assist in Edmonton's 5-3 win against Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday. He has two goals and five assists in seven playoff games, which is good, but not quite at the level we'd expect from him. At the same time, the Oilers have shown throughout the early portion of the playoffs that they are capable of winning games even on nights where McDavid doesn't put up big numbers.
Apr 27 - 10:57 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4David Desharnais
5Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Benoit Pouliot
4Matt Hendricks
5Anton Slepyshev
6Jujhar Khaira
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Ryan Strome
3Zack Kassian
4Tyler Pitlick
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Adam Larsson
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Matthew Benning
7Eric Gryba
8Joey LaLeggia
9Jordan Oesterle
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit
3Nick Ellis