This has earned him the top pick of the OHL Priority Selection 2012 auction by the Erie Otters. Training that will now concentrate on coaching the young prodigy and defenseman Adam Pelech choice of 3 th round of the New York Islanders.
The young striker scored 19 points in seven games in the playoffs, including 11 goals, scoring the Kraft Cup extra winning goal. However, his team lost 2-1 in the OHL Cup final, with several players selected in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League’s annual midget draft. As a result, he broke the record previously held by Sam Gagner for the most points at the OHL Cup tournament, displacing the 17 points of Win.
Entry in the Ontario circuit
McDavid is expected to be an offensive leader in the Erie formation. The worst formation of the circuit in terms of goals scored last season.
In fact, the young sensation scored her first goal in the circuit against the Knights of London last Friday, also registering an assist in an 8-2 defeat. He scored at his second encounter only in his career and will look to continue his momentum next Thursday when the Otters will visit the Petes of Peterborough.
An exceptional status
Given the impressive performance of the young Marlboros in his first season, Hockey Canada had no choice but to grant him the status of “outstanding player”, following in the footsteps of Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, last year, and a certain John Tavares in 2005.
Il est important de souligner que ce statut en soi, a quelque chose d’exceptionnel. Il permet à tout joueur à qui on l’accorde, de se faire repêcher une année plus tôt. Dans l’histoire du hockey junior canadien, seule la OHL a accordé ce statut à des joueurs et McDavid n’est que le troisième. L’un des principaux critères pour accorder ce statut, est de prévoir si le joueur qui le recevra, sera en mesure de bien produire dès son année recrue dans le circuit junior et si un retour dans le midget AAA serait davantage nuisible pour son développement qu’un départ prématuré dans le junior majeur.
Hockey Canada has not, therefore, erred in granting this special permission. John Tavares is now established as a franchise player with the New York Islanders and has had a junior career sparkling. For his part, Aaron Ekblad has just been awarded the 2011-12 OHL Rookie of the Year honors and has a dramatic start to the Erie Otters.
In the footsteps of John Tavares …
Although he is not great, as his 5 feet and 10 inches testify, his talent is immeasurable. His skating and puck handling are his main assets. Despite his small size, McDavid does not seem to show any apparent weaknesses, is what denounces recruiter Ryan Yessie of the agency Hockey Prospects. “There is no point on which he will have to work incessantly so that his impact in the circuit is enormous. Its size will certainly be its biggest defect, but the offensive qualities it possesses completely compensate for this weakness. ”
Given McDavid’s offensive qualities, he made a connection between him and John Tavares, the former Knights of London and the Oshawa Generals. “Tavares is a bigger player physically and he knows how to take advantage of it. McDavid behaves with virtually the same qualities and his small stature does not prevent him from heading into the traffic and to very well handle the puck. In his eyes, he will have the same impact in his first season in the OHL as Tavares during his passage. Another interesting fact is that John Tavares has played his season in the Midget AAA rankings with the Marlboros of Toronto, the formation with which McDavid is currently developing. They were both the first pick of their respective draft.
“He is one of the best players the OHL circuit has had in his ranks in the last ten years,” said the professional recruiter.
For his part, Connor McDavid aspires one day to reach the same level as a Jonathan Toews or a Pavel Datsyuk. He says that the defensive aspect of the game is an element that is not to be neglected, he also wants to improve his throw which, according to him, is the facet of his game that he will have to improve to dominate at all levels in the OH.