To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Edmonton Oilers used the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to select Erie Otters phenom, Connor McDavid. McDavid has long been considered the top talent in his draft class, and probably the top draft-eligible talent available to the NHL since Sidney Crosby was chosen in the 2005 NHL Draft.
The list of awards McDavid copped during the 2014-15 is long – gold medalist with Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, CHL Player of the Year, and OHL Most Outstanding Player, just to name three. And now he can add first overall pick at the NHL Draft to that list, an acquisition that Oilers’ fans hope will finally get the team headed in the right direction, that being on a path to perennial postseason runs that includes a Stanley Cup or three.
McDavid joins with Edmonton’s other recent first overall selections Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov to form what should be a potent offensive group as soon as next season. Add in Jordan Eberle and perhaps 2014 top pick Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers have the makings for a lot of season ticket packages being sold for their new arena.
“The fans there are unbelievable, they’re just so passionate,” McDavid said on the draft floor.
As certain as it was that McDavid would be the top pick in this draft, it is also a lead-pipe cinch that he’ll be on the opening day roster when the 2015-16 season begins. The Newmarket, Ontario native has nothing left to prove in the OHL, so it is on to his NHL career.
Not that Oilers fans need anymore evidence of McDavid’s talent, but the video below is a solid highlight reel from the 2014-15 season.