Kevin Owttrim (Swanson), Staff Writer
Edited by Julia Stanski
For the past couple of months, a certain name has been seen all over the internet. From newspaper articles to annoying Youtube ads that you can’t skip, Connor McDavid’s name has been front and center. But who really is this McDavid? Why should I care? Why is there a road named after him? Will he really make the Edmonton Oilers win again? We will strive to answer all of these questions for you
Let’s start with the basics. Connor McDavid is an 18-year-old professional hockey player currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted first overall on June 26th, 2015. This generally means that he was the best player to get drafted this year. He has had a massive amount of hype surrounding him that began a long time ago while he was still playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). This is mainly because last year he scored 44 goals and had 76 assists in only 47 games. In comparison, Wayne Gretzky, considered one of the best hockey players in history, scored 51 goals and got a total of 137 points in 79 games in his first year in the National Hockey League (NHL). Wayne Gretzky still holds the record for most points scored during a first year in the NHL. So far, McDavid has played 5 games and scored 4 points for the Oilers. It is still early in the year, but the early statistics show that McDavid could be as good as Gretzky was or possibly even better.
However, for the past nine seasons, the Edmonton Oilers have not made the playoffs. In fact, they have finished close to last place for the past five years. Go team. On the bright side, this means that we have gotten first overall draft pick four times. This year, many fans are hoping that these players will rally around McDavid and finally win more than 30 games a season. So far, that belief hasn’t really worked out. The Oilers have won a single game out of five played. Don’t worry, we are still beating Calgary. But the fact remains that the Oilers continue to lose games, despite McDavid joining the team. Is McDavid just suffering from too-high expectations, or will this be the status quo for the rest of the season?
All previous points considered, it is really too early to see if Connor McDavid is as good as everyone wants him to be. With only five NHL games played, the Oilers have plenty of time to find their game and start winning. In the meantime, all we can do is wait, and hope that the Oilers won’t be terrible again this season.