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Connor McDavid | Center | #97

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/13/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 1 (1) / EDM

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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

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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

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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Jussi Jokinen
4Anton Slepyshev
5Jujhar Khaira
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Ryan Strome
3Jesse Puljujarvi
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Ty Rattie
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Adam Larsson
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Matthew Benning
7Eric Gryba
8Yohann Auvitu
9Mark Fayne
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit