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 about McDavid to teammate Kerby Rychel by apologizing for asking the question.

"It's OK, he deserves it," Rychel said of the attention coming McDavid's way. "He's an exceptional hockey player. He deserves to be here. He's got tremendous skill. His speed is going to be a big factor on the big ice like this. He's a phenomenal hockey player and we are lucky to have him here now."

It appears McDavid will stay with Canada too, despite initial thoughts that his youth might hold him back. He is going to Europe when the national team departs Sunday for the World Junior Championship, but Canada still needs to cut two forwards and a defenseman. It does not appear that McDavid will be among those hearing bad news from coach Brent Sutter between now and Dec. 26, which is the date of Canada's opening game.

If he makes the team, McDavid will be the first 16-year-old to play for Canada at the World Juniors since Sidney Crosby in 2004.

Sunday afternoon, McDavid proved how special he could be yet again, scoring the first of Canada's three goals in a 3-0 shutout of a select team of college hockey players from the Toronto area. The vast majority of those players were well past their 21st birthday, yet McDavid was one of Canada's most dominant players. His goal came on a sweet release of a cross-ice pass from Rychel.