Who is Connor McDavid? The answer for some is simple, while others couldn’t tell you who he was if their life depended on it. So, allow me to explain.
McDavid is a 15 year old hockey player who is just 1 of 3 players ever to be granted exceptional player status by the Canadian based junior hockey league the OHL. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad was granted exceptional player status last season and currently is still playing in the OHL for the Barrie Colts. Before Ekblad it hadn’t been handed out since 2005 when current New York Islanders and NHL star John Tavares was granted the status. That alone should tell you what you need to know about this kid, and I say kid because thats exactly what he is.
There is a lot of buzz around McDavid and rightfully so, like we said he’s 1 of 3 players ever to be granted exceptional player status and he hasn’t disappointed the Erie Otters who took him 1st overall in this past years draft. McDavid is currently tied for the team lead with 11 points (4 goals and 7 assists) in just 9 games, which is also good enough to lead all OHL rookies. Keep in mind this kid is only 15 and going up against 16-20 year olds.
What are the experts saying about him? Arguably the NHL’s best all around player, Sidney Crosby, recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune that McDavid “looks like he has it all”. Crosby went on to say that, “when I watched him play, he reminded me of myself”. Heavy praise for a 15 year old kid and sorry to keep harping on the fact that he is a kid but I’m just trying to make sure you understand what is going on here. The Windsor Star went as far as to call McDavid “Hockey’s LeBron James”. Otters’ GM Sherry Bassin has been around the game for quite some time and without being disrespectful to anyone had this to say about McDavid to the Globe and Mail, “I’ve been around a lot of good players. The Sakics, the Sundins, the Yzermans, so I’d never want to be disrespectful to those guys, but Connor McDavid is one of the most special players I’ve ever seen.”
While McDavid isn’t eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2015 the buzz is already starting to surround this kid, and now hopefully you can understand why.