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Connor McDavid | Center | #97

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/13/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 192
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM
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Connor McDavid picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
If you haven't seen McDavid's primary assist on Patrick Maroon's first-period goal, you need to watch it right away (click link below). The Oilers captain literally made a mockery of Chicago's top pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook before finding Maroon. McDavid also helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the overtime period. McDavid has now collected at least one in five of Edmonton's six games this season. This was also the second multi-point effort of the season for him. He has three goals and five assists in six games in 2017-18. He's the best player in the game. Oct 19 - 11:36 PM

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Jaromir Jagr thinks Connor McDavid has a chance to break Wayne Gretzky's goal scoring record.

"He's a great player," Jagr said of McDavid. "If he would learn how to score on breakaways a little more I think he'd score 150 goals in a season. To score 100 for him...it's possible. I've never seen anything like that in my life, to dominate like that with his speed. With his speed, in this game right now where you cannot hold and grab...wow...it's very dangerous. Probably Wayne and Mario were the same but you could grab them and hold them with the stick. Those rules are just perfect for him. I wouldn't be surprised if some day he scored 100 goals and broke the record." McDavid won the Hart Trophy last season with 30 goals and 100 points in 82 games. He's gotten off to a superb season again by scoring a hat trick in the Oilers' opener. Obviously we're not expecting 100 goals from him, but he is the league's top fantasy option.
Oct 5 - 5:05 PM

Connor McDavid notched three goals in Wednesday's victory against the Flames, becoming just the second player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) with a natural hat trick in the regular season opener.

McDavid joins Radim Vrbata in the elite club. He has such quick hands and amazing skate speed, and he is a threat to make something happen every time he touches the puck. He was clocked at 40.9 kilometers per hour, or 25.4 mph, on his second goal. The favorite to win the 2017-18 Hart Trophy is off to a sensational start.
Oct 5 - 1:08 AM

Connor McDavid is by far the favorite to win the Hart Trophy, based on the betting at Bodog.ca.

According to the betting site, 38% of the money being put forward in Hart Trophy predictions is wagering that McDavid will repeat. No other player is even close to McDavid in that regard as second place is tied between Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel, who each have 8% of the money wagered on them. Obviously this all needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but it does speak to what expectations are going into the campaign. Certainly there are plenty of reasons to believe in McDavid given his immense potential and what he showed during his sophomore campaign, but of course it's a long season and there are plenty of other elite players that will fight for that trophy.
Oct 3 - 4:34 AM

Connor McDavid scored two goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

McDavid should be the undisputed top pick in almost every standard fantasy draft. The 20-year-old had 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games with the Oilers last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him put up another 100-point season in 2017-18.
Sep 27 - 11:54 PM

Connor McDavid picked up three points in Edmonton's 6-2 preseason win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

McDavid finished the night with a goal and two assists. The Oilers captain won the scoring title last year and don't be surprised if he does that again in 2017-18. The 20-year-old had an incredible 30 goals and 70 assists last season. He should be the first pick in all standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 23 - 11:48 PM

Connor McDavid will play between Patrick Maroon and Ryan Strome in preseason action on Monday night.

The trio will play in Edmonton's home split-squad match against Calgary. Maroon scored 27 goals last season thanks in large part to playing alongside McDavid and Strome should benefit as well if he can secure his spot on the line.
Sep 18 - 6:45 PM

Connor McDavid has been busy working on his game this off-season as he enters his third year.

McDavid captured the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in just his second NHL season, but he wants to improve in some areas. "You definitely want to keep your game well-rounded, but there are areas you can get better at and shot for me is the first objective," he said. "And then it's rounding out your game. Being solid in your own zone, being a good faceoff guy, those are things that are all important as you go deep in the playoffs." He potted 30 goals on 251 shots last season.
Aug 3 - 1:03 PM

Connor McDavid is disappointed that the NHL won't be participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year.

Hockey Canada announced the day before that most of the team would come from players in Europe and they were seeking non-NHL talent. "It would have been a special group, and you're just hopeful to be a part of it," McDavid said. "It's disappointing, but that's the way it is. You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible."
Jul 27 - 9:03 AM

Connor McDavid's contract contains a no-movement clause that begins in 2022-23.

If you're wondering why it kicks in at that time, it's likely because that's when he would have been eligible to enter the UFA market if not for his recently signed eight-year, $100 million deal that runs through 2025-26. It's not surprising to see him get a no-movement clause as a part of that contract and the Oilers probably won't have any desire to trade him anyways if his first two NHL seasons are any indication of his future.
Jul 7 - 9:51 PM

Connor McDavid knows there will be a lot of pressure with his new eight-year, $100 million contract, but he seems ready for that.

"For sure, there is," said McDavid of the added pressure. "But for me, it just makes me want to be better and work harder. You want to earn that money. You don’t want to be someone who signs a deal and kind of shuts it down. That’s not going to be me at all. It’s only driving me more." Pressure is nothing new for McDavid, who has been under the microscope since before he ever played in the NHL. That being said, we have seen other great young players before struggle initially following their first big signing, so there is at least some element of risk there. It's not enough for us to change our outlook on him for the 2017-18 campaign though.
Jul 6 - 4:20 AM

Connor McDavid has agreed to an eight-year, $100 million contract.

That's obviously a huge payday and will make him the highest paid player in terms of AAV once the contract begins with the 2018-19 campaign. However it could have been higher as the number originally floated was eight years with a total worth of $106 million. Reportedly it was McDavid that felt uncomfortable with that salary and requested that it be lowered. By doing so he's provided his team with some more leeway when it comes to building a contending team around him. McDavid was hyped as a generational talent when he entered the league and so far he's lived up to that description by winning the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy in just his second season.
Jul 5 - 3:19 PM

Connor McDavid might end up signing for less than initially reported.

McDavid was expected to agree to a contract with an annual average value of $13.25 million per season for eight years, but now it seems he might have ultimately decided on a smaller salary. Obviously less money for him means more cap space for Edmonton, which in turn increases the likelihood that he'll win a championship with the Oilers, but even if he is accepting less than what was initially discussed, he's still going to get a massive payday.
Jul 5 - 2:12 PM

Connor McDavid's next contract could be around $13.25 million per season over eight years, according to reports.

McDavid's entry-level deal expires next summer, but the Oilers have prioritized getting an extension done this off-season. The 20-year-old Edmonton captain captured the Art Ross Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy in his second season in the NHL.
Jun 28 - 10:28 AM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
4Mark Letestu
5Brad Malone
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Jussi Jokinen
4Jujhar Khaira
5Anton Slepyshev
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Kailer Yamamoto
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Eric Gryba
7Andrej Sekera
8Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit