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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (18) / 1/13/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
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Wayne Gretzky has little doubt that Connor McDavid will be able to smoothly transition to the NHL this season.
"Going right from junior to the NHL? That’s a big step for Connor," Gretzky said. "But he’s the one guy who can handle it. He’ll be fine. With his speed and his shot and his creativity and his hockey knowledge, that’s as good as anybody." McDavid is facing similar challenges as Gretzky — media focus, fans, comparisons and filling huge expectations. McDavid had 44 goals and 120 points with the OHL’s Erie Otters last season. Jul 18 - 4:27 PM

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Connor McDavid shined during the Edmonton Oilers' prospects game with five goals in an 8-6 victory.

It's hard to read much into the results of an intrasquad prospects contest, but obviously it will only add to the excitement in Edmonton for McDavid's proper debut. Speaking of which, there was a strong turnout in Rexall Place given that it was just a prospects game. "Of course it was fun. It's always fun to play in front of those kind of fans. The whole week was awesome," said McDavid. "It was so exciting to be part of this week and see Edmonton and the fans. I think it’s been great. I think I have a better understanding of how excited they are with the Oilers in general."
Jul 7 - 9:43 AM

The Edmonton Oilers made their orientation camp practice public on Friday and 3,000 fans turned up to see Connor McDavid.

McDavidmania is off to a big start in Edmonton as he is expected to eventually take the Oilers to the promised land of a Stanley Cup. "Never like that, it was pretty funny," McDavid smiled afterward. "Skating around, shooting in the open net and they were celebrating. It’s funny. But at the end of the day it really means a lot, the support that they’ve shown."
Jul 4 - 6:36 AM

Connor McDavid has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

No surprise there obviously, but now he's officially on the Edmonton Oilers' roster. He'll get the max allowed under the rules of an entry-level contract. That means he'll earn $925,000 annually and has the potential to achieve $2.85 million annually in signing bonuses.
Jul 3 - 12:44 PM

Connor McDavid skated with the Oilers for the first time on Wednesday and said he had fun.

It was the first day of orientation camp for the Oilers. "Today was a lot of fun," said McDavid. The fitness testing wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but it was really cool to throw on the Oilers gear, the gear that I want to play the rest of my life wearing. It was very special to put it on and step onto Rexall with all the history." Expect McDavid to get 20-plus goals and 65-plus points in his rookie season if he remains healthy.
Jul 2 - 7:35 AM

Being drafted number one was 'better than expected' for Connor McDavid.

The wunderkid has plenty of hype surrounding him as he is expected to lead the Oilers to the promised land, the first 'miracle' being making the playoffs, something the Oilers have not done since the 2005-06 season. "To be honest with you it was even better than I was expecting. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to feel," McDavid said. "I wasn’t too nervous, I was just anxious. They had to introduce everyone, all the teams, the roll call ... it just felt like it was going by so slowly. All I wanted to do was have that pick called." Look for McDavid to get 25-plus goals and 70-plus points if he remains healthy in his rookie season.
Jun 27 - 7:22 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Connor McDavid is a once-in-a-generational talent who blends together the best skills of Hockey Hall of Famers at warp speed. He is blessed a 6’1, 190-pound frame, great character and an awesome array of moves that produced 169 points in just 67 games through the OHL regular season and playoffs. He is the catalyst for positive plays on every inch of the ice due to lightning-quick decision-making, a powerful stride, brilliant puck skills and his intuitive ability to find the open man or take his shot — no matter the quality or quantity of the defense he is facing. The Newmarket, Ontario-native appears to have the capacity to produce at over a point-per-game pace as a rookie and put together the type of career that ranks amongst the best of all time. It's been known for a while that Edmonton would take him and for good reason: He could be the man that defines the organization for the next two decades.
Jun 26 - 7:18 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are scheduled to play split-squad games against the Calgary Flames on September 21st.

That will likely be the first Oilers game to feature McDavid, assuming of course that Edmonton takes him with the first overall pick as expected. The contests will take place at Saddledome and Rexall Place, so McDavid will almost certainly play in the latter contest. It would be appropriate for McDavid to start off against Calgary given that he should be part of that rivalry for years to come. The Battle of Alberta hasn't exactly been worthy of headlines in recent years, but with McDavid joining Edmonton and the Flames' own young core coming off of a strong season, it could pick up steam next season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 17 - 8:08 AM

Hall of Famer Mark Messier was able to briefly meet Connor McDavid on Monday.

"My first impression was just incredible," Messier said of McDavid. "What a fine, young gentleman, really down to Earth, very honored, genuinely so, to be in the position that he is. The thing that struck me most was how well versed he was in the history of the game and how much appreciation he had for the players that have carved the path." Messier also thinks highly of Jack Eichel, who is expected to be taken with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Both players have commonly been referred to as generational talents that you can build a franchise around. Of course, nothing is set in stone and there's no guarantee they won't deal with growing pains along the way.
Jun 9 - 9:35 AM

We can all sleep soundly: both Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel proved that they can do pull-ups during the 2015 Scouting Combine.

After the kerfuffle involving Buffalo Sabres draft pick Sam Bennett failing to do one, some may have been gearing up for a story regarding one or both of the 2015 NHL Draft's top prospects. Instead, Eichel did nine and McDavid managed six.
Jun 6 - 1:51 PM

Connor McDavid has officially signed a multi-year deal with hockey giant CCM, who will outfit him from visor to blade.

While no financial specifics for the deal were announced, it had been previously reported that he'd be second only to Sidney Crosby in payout while breaking new ground for rookies. Either way, McDavid joins John Tavares, Pavel Datsyuk and Carey Price along with Crosby as part of CCM's "Made of Hockey" series. "I don’t think I’m the face of the brand by any means," McDavid said, "to be a part of that is a very special today."
Jun 4 - 11:33 PM

Connor McDavid is going to have to make a bit more room in his trophy case.

McDavid has been named the CHL's 2015: Player of the Year, Scholastic Player of the Year, and Top Prospect. Mighty impressive stuff for anyone, let alone the latest and most highly touted prospect.
May 30 - 6:40 PM

It looks like Connor McDavid is poised to make more in endorsements from CCM than he will in salary from the Edmonton Oilers, breaking NHL rookie records in the process.

In short, McDavid appears set to sign a long-term contract extension with the hockey giant for at least $1M per season. Second only to Sidney Crosby's $1.4M from CCM mind you, and the largest sum for any NHL rookie ever. McDavid meanwhile can earn a maximum of $832.5K in base salary, plus $92.5K in signing bonus on his Entry Level Contract with Edmonton. Though he will have the opportunity to earn up $2.85M in various performance bonuses. If you're wondering what McDavid earned from CCM while in Junior, he earned $250K total over the last three seasons.
May 29 - 7:52 PM

Wayne Gretzky spoke highly of super prospect Connor McDavid, who he thinks will flourish in the NHL.

"I just think he's a really good young player," Gretzky said. "I saw Sidney Crosby at 14, got to meet him, got to know him. He's been the best player in the game. This young man McDavid is that caliber. He has the potential to be a Crosby, a Gretzky, a Lemieux." The Edmonton Oilers are expected to choose McDavid with the first overall pick in June and Gretzky thinks the 18-year-old phenom will enjoy playing for the organization.
May 21 - 3:23 PM

With Friday's OHL final loss to the Oshawa Generals, the next phase of Connor McDavid's hockey career is set to begin.

Twice the OHL's playoff MVP was held off the score sheet, including Friday's finale, in the series defeat. McDavid fell just two points shy of the OHL playoff record of 21 points, held by Justin Papineau and Jason Dawe in the process. So what's next for McDavid? Two important dates: June 1st, the NHL scouting combine in Buffalo, NY. And June 26th in Sunrise, FLA for the NHL's Entry Draft where he's expected to go first overall to the Edmonton Oilers. Said McDavid, "I’m really looking forward to it. Once draft day happens, that’s when the really hard work starts. It’s going to be up to me to figure out what I’m going to do with it."
May 15 - 10:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Connor McDavid
3Anton Lander
4Mark Letestu
5Leon Draisaitl
LW1Taylor Hall
2Lauri Korpikoski
3Benoit Pouliot
4Rob Klinkhammer
5Luke Gazdic
6Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Tyler Pitlick
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Andrej Sekera
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Oscar Klefbom
7Griffin Reinhart
8Eric Gryba
G1Ben Scrivens
2Cam Talbot