Connor McDavid RUMORS & NEWS

Connor McDavid

Position Center
Height 5'11"
Weight 170 lbs
Birthplace Newmarket, Ontario
Current Team Erie Otters
  • Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, having turned pro at 18 after spending three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. "Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal..." July 19

  • McDavid scores five goals in Oilers scrimmage

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid put on a show for roughly 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects. The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading..." July 07

  • Connor McDavid signs on the dotted line with the Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time inking a deal with hockey phenom Connor McDavid. The team announced Friday morning it has agreed to terms with the 18-year-old centre, who the Oilers selected first overall a week ago in the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft in Florida. The Oilers..." July 03

  • Connor McDavid declares first day of Oilers orientation camp 'fun'

    Edmonton Sun "One small stride for Connor McDavid, one giant leap for the Edmonton Oilers. The future of the franchise took his first official skate as an Oiler in an empty arena Wednesday, a quiet prelude to the roar he’s expected to make in this building and the next. “Today was a lot of fun,” said..." July 02

  • 'Even better than I was expecting': Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oiler

    Edmonton Journal "Connor McDavid is yours Edmonton. There was no suspense, no uncertainty, when the Edmonton Oilers officially conscripted McDavid, the prized prodigy of the Class of 2015. Still, it was his moment, and a moment that signals a fresh start for a franchise in need of change. “To be honest..." June 27

  • Oilers take McDavid with first-overall pick

    TSN "As expected, Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oiler. The team selected the Erie Otters centre with the first pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. McDavid joins Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) as the Oilers’ fourth first-overall selection in the last six..." June 27

  • Sabres choose not to interview Connor McDavid

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres determined it was not necessary to interview Erie Otters center Connor McDavid this week during the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. McDavid, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to go No. 1 to the..." June 07

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    John Vogl @BuffNewsVogl

    By unofficial count, Jack Eichel does nine pull-ups. McDavid given credit for six.

  • ' I wasn't saying I would be beter than Connor McDavid,' says Eichel

    Pro Hockey Talk "As reports from the NHL Scouting Combine swirl that Jack Eichel told teams in the interview process he’ll be better than Connor McDavid, the highly touted Boston University star has clarified a few things on that point. McDavid is expected to go No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft later this month...." June 06

  • In combine interviews Eichel is saying he'll be better than McDavid

    Boston Globe "The Buffalo Sabres are very good at losing. They were the worst team in the NHL this season. They recorded the fewest points in 2013-14, too. Their chase after coach Mike Babcock failed. They had the best odds of winning this year’s draft lottery, and that did not fall in their favor. But..." June 06

  • Connor McDavid: 'Anywhere you go in the NHL is great'

    Yahoo! Sports "Connor McDavid is on my computer screen talking to me. He’s wearing a CCM hat with a CCM logo draped behind him. It’s because he announced his partnership with the hockey company and we were asked if we wanted to Skype chat with the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft and latest..." June 05

  • Connor McDavid poised to become NHL’s first million-dollar endorsement baby

    The Hockey News "Perhaps Buffalo is not the ideal venue to celebrate a deal that will effectively make Connor McDavid a millionaire before he even sets foot on an NHL ice surface – might be rubbing it in just a little – but equipment giant CCM has a lot to celebrate next week. So does McDavid. Next week at the..." May 30

  • Gretzky: Connor McDavid could be the next Gretzky

    Puck Drunk Love "Connor McDavid is expected to be the next great young skater in the NHL. The bar has been set extremely high as McDavid has received some high praise and big comparisons. Inevitably, any young star with huge upside is compared to Wayne Gretzky. So, what does Gretzky think of McDavid? He thinks..." May 23

  • Connor McDavid named OHL's most outstanding player

    The Score "Connor McDavid continues to pad his resume. The consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft was named the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player on Tuesday. "Obviously it’s amazing, it’s such a special honour," the Erie Otters forward said. "It’s an..." May 12

  • ‘The fans in Edmonton are in for a treat’ — Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch on Connor McDavid

    Edmonton Journal "You know Connor McDavid is special because when he isn’t on the ice, you’re thinking, “Why not? Has the coach lost his mind? Can’t he play the full 60 minutes?” McDavid is not perfect by any means. He gives the puck away at times because he always seems to have it. He passes when he should..." April 28

  • McDavid’s dad: Connor happy to join Oilers

    Sportsnet "Don’t expect Connor McDavid to pull an Eric Lindros heading into the 2015 NHL Draft. In a candid hour-long interview with Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, McDavid’s father, Brian, poured cold water on speculation that the Erie Otters star wouldn’t report if he was drafted with the first overall..." April 23

  • Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership

    NHL.com "Andrew Ference grew up just outside of Edmonton. His formative hockey years were spent watching the Edmonton Oilers cement their dynasty in the late 1980s. So when Ference had an opportunity to sign with his hometown team and play in the arena where he grew up watching from the stands, he jumped..." April 23

  • Wayne Gretzky on Connor McDavid: “He’s the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years”

    Edmonton Journal "Is Connor McDavid the Second Coming of Wayne Gretzky? Edmonton Oilers fans are wondering that after the National Hockey League club won the draft lottery on Saturday, which gives them the right to select McDavid — the wondrous 18-year-old centre who racked up 44 goals and 120 points in a mere..." April 21

  • Edmonton Oilers win top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday. The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Buffalo Sabres, who had the..." April 19

  • Report: OHL's Otters declare bankruptcy

    TSN "Just as Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome are about to cash in on an NHL career, it appears their junior team has declared bankruptcy. According to GoErie.com, Erie Hockey Club Ltd. filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Erie. "This will have absolutely no effect..." April 08

  • Oilers could have two shots at McDavid

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers could potentially end up with the first overall pick and a Top 3 to Top 5 selection in this June's draft if the Pittsburgh Penguins miss out on a Stanley Cup playoff berth this week. As confirmed by TSN's Ryan Rishaug on Monday, the 2015 first-round pick the Penguins sent..." April 07

  • McDavid rooting for Leafs regardless of draft lottery

    Toronto Sun "With the concept of tanking swirling throughout the hockey world, Connor McDavid sat in front of the tube to watch some of the Sabres-Maple Leafs game on Wednesday night. Here's the ironic part. It's no secret that a significant chunk of Leafs Nation, much like the loyal Sabres fan base in..." April 05

  • The Next One? How Connor McDavid Stacks Up With Former First Overall Selections

    Complex "As the NHL season winds down and teams on the playoff bubble battle to keep their seasons alive, other clubs are in a race to the basement, where the opportunity to draft Connor McDavid first overall awaits “the winner,” if you can call it that. The 18-year-old Canadian has been tabbed for..." March 31

  • Sabres GM Tim Murray: 'I think too much about McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Buffalo Sabres are firmly entrenched in 30th place in the NHL, which means that barring a last minute surge by the club, they will finish the season with a 20% chance of winning the NHL draft lottery. Sabres GM Tim Murray will have to wait until April 18th to find out if he’ll get the first..." March 30

  • NHL's 'McDavid-Eichel' draft lottery to be held April 18

    Sportsnet "Soon, one of the biggest questions in hockey will have an answer. That day will come on April 18 when the NHL draft lottery is held to determine which team will have the right to draft sensational teenager Connor McDavid of the OHL Erie Otters at the NHL draft in June, sources tell..." March 26

  • McDavid consensus top pick in NHL.com mock drafts

    NHL.com "When the 2014-15 season began, Connor McDavid of the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters was considered the best prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft. Months later very little has changed. In the latest mock drafts by NHL.com staff writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale, McDavid remains the..." March 25

  • Connor McDavid's amazing point streak ends

    The Score "On a night where the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres - two serious contenders for the top selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft - squared off at the Air Canada Centre, potential No.1 selection Connor McDavid's name was in the news. Unfortunately for McDavid, the news was that his 27-game..." March 12

  • McDavid, Eichel are only adding to hype

    Pro Hockey Talk "Those that went into this season excited about the projected top two picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, haven’t been given much reason to lower their expectations. Despite fracturing a bone in his hand during a fight and missing part of the season to compete in..." March 10

  • McDavid the main event for sellout OHL crowds

    Sportsnet "And on the 26th night, he got shutout, more or less. They packed the Barrie Molson Centre for the opportunity to see the latest Canadian Hockey Jesus. The came to see Connor McDavid’s travelling hockey wonderment revival show. He didn’t exactly disappoint. Even if he only extended his OHL..." March 09

  • Odds are getting better for Leafs to land McDavid

    Toronto Sun "News and views after the Toronto chapter of Tank Nation gleefully took to the frigid Hogtown streets after another Leafs loss, this one a 3-2 setback to the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre. TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES If the season ended Wednesday morning, the Leafs would find..." February 18

  • McDavid says being a Leaf would be a 'dream come true'

    Toronto Sun "Just over a three-hour drive from the Air Canada Centre, where the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers were vying to see which team would increase its odds of landing Connor McDavid by stumbling and bumbling its way to a loss Saturday night, the kid in question is discussing what it might be like..." February 10

  • McDavid tops NHL’s midseason draft rankings

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau has released its midseason rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and, to nobody’s surprise, a pair of familiar names top the list. Connor McDavid, the OHL Erie wunderkind, took the No. 1 spot while Boston University star freshman Jack Eichel came in at number..." January 20

  • The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    USA Today "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top prospects in the 2015 draft, are off to great starts in their draft year. McDavid plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, while Eichel is a freshman center with Boston University. McDavid had 11 points in seven games for gold..." January 12

  • Connor McDavid rises to occasion at world juniors

    Toronto Star "It has been quite something watching Connor McDavid evolve through the world junior hockey championship . It would be wonderful -- but not likely -- to see what he could do in a third, especially if he got a chance to do it against Jack Eichel. Both are headed toward the NHL next year, not..." January 07

  • ‘McEichel Derby’ heating up

    Buffalo News "There are the playoff races and there is the other race that makes for a bizarre side journey to this NHL season. It’s the “McEichel Derby,” the run for the top spots in the draft lottery and the best chances to take superstars-in-waiting Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel come June 26 in Sunrise,..." December 26

  • The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    USA Today "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top prospects in the 2015 draft, are off to great starts in their draft year, but McDavid's will be put on hold because of fractured hand. McDavid plays center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, while Eichel is a freshman center with Boston..." December 19

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Connor McDavid had his cast removed today. Broken hand healing well. He's cleared for skating, shooting and, for now, non-contact practice.

  • McDavid thinks dropping the gloves ‘was the right thing to do’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even after breaking his hand and jeopardizing his chance to participate in the upcoming World Juniors tournament, top prospect Connor McDavid doesn’t regret dropping the gloves to fight Bryson Cianfrone in an OHL game earlier this month. “I think it was the right thing to do. I would rather..." November 26

  • Connor McDavid's time Hockey's next great star readies for the NHL

    SB Nation "The puck comes in fast, bouncing high and crooked, twisting up into the air. Near center ice, Connor McDavid bats it down with a quick thwack. It lands softly at the toe of his skates. Two defensemen rush toward him, like the rink has suddenly tilted on its axis. McDavid takes off too. He's..." November 19

  • Top prospect Connor McDavid injures hand in fight

    CBC Sports "Erie Otters centre and presumptive NHL No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid is out indefinitely after injuring his right hand during a fight Tuesday night. McDavid was fighting with the Mississauga Steelheads' Bryson Cianfrone at 13:50 of the second period of their OHL game in Erie, Pa.,..." November 12

  • Top prospect Connor McDavid notches 4 points in 3rd straight game

    Yahoo! Sports "As the Connor McDavid show continues, the Kitchener Rangers became his latest victim. The Newmarket, Ont., native netted two goals and two assists in his third straight game as the Otters pulled off a commanding 8-3 victory. After assisting an Alex DeBrincat (2G-1A, +4) marker, McDavid netted his..." October 12

  • McDavid on teams possibly tanking for him: ‘It’s pretty crazy’

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the NHL announced changes to the Draft Lottery process on Wednesday for the 2015 and 2016 Drafts, it was considered a way to potentially combat against teams tanking in the upcoming season. After all, with players of elite talent like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel – possibly landing a..." August 22

  • Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel impress at World Junior camps

    CBS Sports "If you didn't know, the 2015 NHL Entry Draft evaluation season officially opened last week when USA Hockey and Hockey Canada held their summer evaluation camps in preparation for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. This year, both camps had added interest from scouts, general managers and..." August 10

  • This Is Why Connor McDavid Is Hockey's Next Big Thing

    Deadspin "There's a video going around this morning of an unbelievable OHL goal, the Erie center completely undressing an overmatched defender and a hapless goalie. The video is blurry, the audio distant and muffled, as if this were some black-market footage we aren't supposed to see. That's fitting,..." March 06

  • McDavid hype continuing to grow at Canada camp

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid has been the talk of Canada's junior national team this week. How much have people been talking about the precocious 16-year-old who is trying to bull his way onto a team, and into a tournament, traditionally dominated by 19-year-olds? On Friday, a reporter prefaced a question..." December 15

  • Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

    NHL.com "Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season. There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be..." December 02

  • OHL star Connor McDavid, 16, called the next big thing

    Toronto Star "The hockey gods have bestowed upon Newmarket’s Connor McDavid the sport’s daunting “Next Big Thing” label, whether the 16-year-old desires such heavenly recognition or not. While the sensational Ontario Hockey League 10th grader is not eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2015, the kid with the..." May 05

  • Connor McDavid leads Canada to under-18 win

    Toronto Sun "Connor McDavid, the youngest player on the Canadian under-18 hockey team’s roster, scored once and set up two other goals in a 4-1 win over Slovakia Thursday at the world championship tournament in Sochi, Russia. McDavid, the OHL’s rookie of the year with the Erie Otters this season, netted the..." May 05

  • Connor McDavid hat trick leads Canada over Sweden at U-18 hockey worlds

    CBC Sports "Connor McDavid scored three power-play goals and Canada clinched first place in its group with a 6-0 rout of Sweden on Tuesday at the world under-18 hockey championship in Sochi, Russia. McDavid opened the scoring 1:17 into the game, and sealed the victory with a pair of goals in the third..." May 05

  • Connor McDavid, Canada winning IIHF U18 gold in Sochi: good omen for 2014 WJC?

    Yahoo! Sports "Connor McDavid is really, really ridiculously creative with the puck and competitive to boot, but you know that already. The better question is whether Canada seizes on its triumph at the IIHF world under-18 championship which was cemented by Sunday's riveting 3-2 gold-medal game win that snapped..." May 05

2014 NHL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Oilers Connor McDavid Erie Otters
2 Sabres Jack Eichel Boston University
3 Coyotes Noah Hanifin Boston College Eagles
4 Maple Leafs Dylan Strome Erie Otters
5 Hurricanes Lawson Crouse Kingston Frontenacs
6 Devils Mitchell Marner London Knights
7 Flyers Ivan Provorov Brandon (WHL)
8 Blue Jackets Kyle Connor Michigan
9 Sharks Mikko Rantanen
10 Avalanche Zachary Werenski Michigan

Discussion

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