For the second consecutive year, and for the third time since the exceptional player status was instituted, a 15-year-old will be granted entrance to the OHL Priority Selection.
Connor McDavid, a forward playing for the minor midget Toronto Marlboros of the GTHL, is the player receiving this special recognition. McDavid is only the third player to be granted this waiver, with Aaron Ekblad (2011) and John Tavares (2005) being the previous 15-year-old’s to enter the OHL draft.
McDavid was named the GTHL Player of the Year on the strength of 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points in 33 games in the 2011-12 season. He led his team to the championship game of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament, where the Marlboros fell, 2-1, in overtime to the Mississauga Rebels. McDavid was the leading scorer and MVP in this tournament, netting 11 goals and adding eight assists for 19 points in seven games.
The 2012 OHL Priority Selection will take place on April 7th. The Erie Otters currently hold the first overall selection in this year’s draft.
The OHL held a press conference to announce McDavid’s status, which is included in this Hockey’s Future podcast.