Connor McDavid: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

Connor McDavid — 

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Connor McDavid.

League:  OHL     Team:  Erie Otters

Position:  C     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Jan. 13, 1997     Birthplace:  Richmond Hill, ON

Height: 6’1     Weight:  190

2014-15 OHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 47   G: 44   A: 76  Pts: 140  PIM: 48   Plus/Minus: +60

2014-15 WJHC Stats:

Games: 7   G: 3   A: 8  Pts:  11  PIM: 26   Plus/Minus: +6

2014-15 OHL Stats:  Playoffs to date

Games: 15   G: 19   A: 23  Pts: 42  PIM: 10   Plus/Minus: +15

Connor McDavid played this past season in the OHL for the Erie Otters.

Achievements:  

1.  Granted Exceptional Player Status by Hockey Canada to be eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.

2.  Selected 1st overall by the Erie Otters in the  2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft.

3.  2013-14 CHL Scholastic Player of the Year.

3.  Won Gold Medal winner at 2014-15 WJHC.

4.  Named to the 2014-15 WJHC All-Star Team.  

5.  Played for Team Orr at the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects game.

Offensive Buzzwords

Connor McDavid is an extremely highly skilled center with an outstanding offensive skill-set that can control a game when he’s on the ice.  He is a very good skater with a good shot and he likes to shoot the puck.  McDavid is a natural goal scorer and an even better play-maker.  Words like hockey sense, sees the ice, high hockey IQ, and competes in the greasy areas, 200 foot game all describe my #1 overall pick.

Skating

Connor McDavid would be considered a very good skater, with good speed and agility. He has the ability to use his speed to go wide around defenders, to change speeds to dart in and out and around defenders like they are standing still.  McDavid creates opportunities off the rush but he doesn’t slow down with the puck on his stick.  All of McDavid’s skating attributes would be considered better than average.

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Defensive Buzzwords

Connor McDavid’s defensive game is very solid.  He competes in both ends of the rink and a works hard on his defensive game.

Prospect Analysis 

Superstar and franchise player are a couple of names used to describe Connor McDavid’s future.  The term generational player has been bandied about quite a bit but I won’t go there yet.  He is a gifted offensive player with an elite level skill-set that works extremely hard and he already has an NHL ready game.  He has been playing against bigger and older players for years.  It will be scary to see where he takes his game as he gets older and is physically equal with his peers.  I believe he is the most exciting prospect since Sidney Crosby.  He is the undisputed best player in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  

Projected:  #1 overall.

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