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Age / DOB:  (18) / 1/13/1997
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 170

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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

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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

Connor McDavid has won the OHL's Red Tilson Trophy.

The Red Tilson Trophy goes to the league's MVP. McDavid scored 44 goals and 120 points in just 47 contests with the Erie Otters in 2014-15. "Obviously it's amazing, it's such a special honor," McDavid said. "It's an award that's really for a team. You wouldn't be at this point without your teammates and all the coaches and everyone. I think it's one of the most team-oriented awards there are. Obviously it means a lot getting your name on it, but at the same time, I owe it all to the boys. You look at the list of names that have been there before and a couple of Otters come to mind, obviously Brad Boyes and Connor Brown. Just to be named with those two guys, let alone the other names that are on that trophy, it's such an honor." McDavid is expected to be taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 12 - 12:55 PM

Connor McDavid has been named the CHL Player of the Week for the third time in four weeks.

McDavid had a goal and nine assists in just three games last week. He's having an outstanding playoff run with the Erie Otters, scoring 19 goals and 42 points in 15 postseason contests thus far. He's expected to be taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 5 - 6:42 PM

Connor McDavid's father, Brian, said that his son would be thrilled to play in Edmonton.

After finding out that the Oilers had won the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor seemed unhappy when interviewed. "To be honest, he was a little bit in shock," Brian said. The McDavid family didn't really consider the Oilers as likely destination because they assumed that Edmonton wouldn't win another first overall pick after getting three over the previous five drafts. To be fair, they weren't the only ones that had that mindset.
Apr 22 - 6:31 PM

Wayne Gretzky thinks Connor McDavid is the "best player to come into the league in the last 30 years."

Gretzky added that McDavid was the best player to come around since Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby, so his statement wasn't meant to suggest that Crosby is inferior to McDavid. Still, it's clear that Gretzky views McDavid as a very special player. "When I was going down that path as a young player, Gordie Howe was always pulling for me, and I look at Connor the same way," Gretzky said. He also praised McDavid's maturity given how he's handled the media and fan attention over his teenage years. The Edmonton Oilers are expected to draft McDavid with the first overall pick.
Apr 21 - 11:08 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have have won the NHL Draft Lottery, likely meaning Connor McDavid will go there with the first-overall pick in June 26-27 draft.

Buffalo's season of tanking gave them the best odds (20 percent) at the top pick, but now they end up second and the likely home for Jack Eichel. Edmonton had an 11.5 percent chance at the top pick. McDavid is considered a generational prospect who can change a team’s course the day he is drafted. The 18-year-old registered 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games in the OHL this season. In his three seasons, he scored 97 goals and recorded 285 points. It's the fourth time in six years Edmonton will be picking first overall. Centers Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and McDavid could soon be the envy of the league.
Apr 18 - 8:17 PM

To the surprise of no one, Connor McDavid has been rated as the top 2015 draft prospect by NHL Central Scouting.

As expected, Jack Eichel was rated as the second best prospect. Both players have the potential to develop into superstars, but McDavid is widely regarded as a once in a generation talent. Noah Hanifin, Dylan Strome, and Lawson Crouse are the other members of the top-five prospects among North American skaters.
Apr 8 - 12:19 PM

Connor McDavid has 15 points including seven goals in his last four games and is on a 24 game scoring streak.

The consensus number one pick for the June draft has 102 points in only 39 games this season and is now fourth in the OHL in scoring despite playing at least 16 games less than anyone ahead of him. Mitch Marner of the London Knights leads the way with 118 points but McDavid is far and away the class of the league.
Mar 1 - 7:10 AM

Connor McDavid chipped in with an assist at the Canadian Hockey League's top prospect's game on Thursday night featuring Team Orr vs. Team Cherry.

Coach Bobby Orr's side cruised to a 6-0 victory over Don Cherry's squad in the annual showcase for draft-eligible players. Ottawa 67's forward Travis Konecky and Halifax Mooseheads winger Timo Meier did most of the damage. The 18-year-old's had three points a-piece, with Konecky leading all skaters with two goals. These are names you will hear again come draft season in June.
Jan 22 - 10:17 PM

Sabres' GM Tim Murray had nothing but good things to say about Connor McDavid's performance at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

"McDavid got better and stronger coming off his injury layoff. Exciting, dynamic. All the adjectives were there for a young dynamic guy and he was in a second-line role. So you had a high-end guy be an important part of the team from that spot but he didn’t have to be the team." There's a realistic chance that McDavid could be a member of the Sabres after next June's draft.
Jan 11 - 10:51 AM

Red-hot prospect Connor McDavid is expected to play for Canada on Sunday at the World Junior Championship.

He's been dealing with a hand injury that sidelined him starting on Nov. 11. The wunderkind will play against Sweden tomorrow. Many expect him to be a superstar, so there might be some cellar-dwelling NHL teams that may prefer for him to wait a little longer to return.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Connor McDavid (hand) did not play for Canada in the world juniors exhibition game against Toronto CIS Selects.

McDavid fractured a bone in his hand Nov. 11 in a fight. Sportsnet’s Damien Cox said it’s possible McDavid will be ready to play for the Dec. 21 game. McDavid has 16 goals and 51 points in 18 games in the OHL this season.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 09:17:00 PM

Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski reported on Monday that Connor McDavid is expected to be ready for the start of the World Junior Championship.

"Everything's coming along real well with Connor. I think we're real happy and Connor's real happy with the recovery," Jankowski said. "He has another doctor's appointment on Dec. 9 when we'll learn a little bit more. But everything is on time for him to be back for the start of the tournament. Hopefully we have no setbacks with that along the way." He was named to Canada's selection camp and he's expected to participate.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Connor McDavid is expected to miss five-to-six weeks after he suffered a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone on his right hand in a fight Tuesday.

He won't require surgery and it's unclear if he'll be available to take part in the World Junior Championship for Canada. If his recovery goes well then he could be available to return just before the tournament begins. McDavid is projected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:54:00 PM

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