The Young Phenom: 15 Crazy Facts About Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid has taken the NHL by storm. A 2015 first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Connor has already made a name for himself as he has become a top five forward in the NHL. Many teams would love to have a player of this caliber on their roster and the Oilers are extremely lucky to have this talented forward playing on their top unit.

With all of these abilities, McDavid seems to be able to do it all; score goals, make great plays and captain his team accordingly but like other superstars such as Sidney Crosby, there are certain things you probably didn't even know about him. The life of a hockey player is a tough one and both Connor and his family have worked hard in order for him to reach the highest level of hockey.

It is not that hard to speculate how well McDavid will do in his career as in only two seasons, the hockey world has seen him win an Art Ross trophy and maintain a point-per-game pace. He's not only helped end Edmonton's 11-year playoff drought, but he also led them to a first-round series win over the previous Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks. This is quite incredible as a player of his nature does not come around too often and the fact that he was able to outscore current NHL superstars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin makes this feat even more outstanding.

While going though this list, you will realize how McDavid's background helped him become the player he is today and that his family played an important role in helping him develop into this superstar. All of this put into retrospect, Connor McDavid is still young and has loads to show. It will be interesting to see how well his career pans out.

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16 His Older Brother Played Hockey

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Connor is not the only sibling in his family to lace up the skates. His older brother Cameron had his fair share of the hockey life.

Unfortunately, Cameron did not make it to the same level as his younger brother but nonetheless he did have some playing time in the CCHL and COJCHL. His last season was in 2011 and he recorded 6 points in 7 postseason games. Even though Cameron did not make the NHL, there is no denying that these brothers helped each other hone their skills when they would practice their play in outdoor rinks or in their basement. The McDavid family is still proud of how far both of these talented brothers made it in their hockey careers. Unfortunately, Cameron will never reach his brother's status.

15 Exceptional Player Status

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McDavid was already drawing attention to himself when he was playing in the Toronto hockey league and for this reason he was granted the “Exceptional Player” status which allowed him to play in the OHL earlier than other players.

Connor joined elite company when he was granted this special status as only John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad have been given this similar achievement. This was merited as in just his first OHL season, Connor scored 25 goals and added 41 assists in just 63 games. This type of production from a 16-year-old was quite remarkable and it is no wonder that he was given this status. Connor needed to show his skills off at the next highest level of hockey.

14 Youngest Captain In NHL History

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Gabriel Landeskog made history when he was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche when he was just 19 years and 286 days of age. This all changed when McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016-17 season.

Connor was 20 days younger than Landeskog when he was given captaincy and therefore this made him the youngest captain in NHL history. All of this comes with a heavy workload as McDavid now has to help the Oilers through a potential deep playoff run so that his team has a chance at glory. Connor is an excellent leader for Edmonton as he portrays great teamwork and has the skill to completely change the outcome of the game. Look for McDavid to help guide his team to a Stanley Cup win in the near future.

13 He Was Coached By His Father

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Family plays a huge role in the game of hockey. As a kid, you rely on your parents to drive you from game to game and pick you up from practices.

Brian McDavid and his wife Kelly did all of this and more. Brian actually coached his son when he was playing in Aurora, Ontario. He also did an excellent job at toning his son’s skills as his junior team went on to win four championships with him behind the bench. A hockey player’s biggest fans are his parents and the McDavids were no different at supporting their sons through it all. There is no doubt that one of the main reasons that Connor progressed so well was because he had the support of his family.

12 Scouted When He Was Only 14

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There is no surprise that a player who possessed this much skill would have the attention of a few scouts but McDavid was a special case.

At only 14 years of age, scouts from across the NHL already had a keen eye on young Connor. Who would blame them? McDavid was producing at an unstoppable rate and his midget year saw him post an astonishing 209 points in just 88 games. Scouts did not want to miss the opportunity to study such a talented player and there is no doubt that the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff were pleased when they had the first round pick in 2015 as they were able to draft Connor first overall before any other team could even get the chance.

11 Considered Playing For Boston University

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Boston University’s hockey team was home to many great NHL players. Kevin Shattenkirk, Nick Bonino and even Pittsburgh Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan all have played for this college hockey team. There is no surprise here on why McDavid contemplated playing college hockey in Boston.

With all this contemplation, McDavid evidently decided that it was best for his career that he continued improving his game in the OHL. Not a bad decision considering that he dominated the Ontario league, scoring as much as 120 points in a single season. There is no denying that he would have brought this excellent pace to college hockey but regardless, whether he stayed in the OHL or chose the college route, Connor would have surely earned his number one draft position.

10 The Most Anticipated Player

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Speaking of draft positions, Connor McDavid was one of the most highly sought players, not only in the 2015 draft but probably in the last decade.

Players such as Sidney Crosby generated hype before the draft but Connor’s coverage by all media outlets was quite insane. There wasn’t a single sports analyst not talking about Connor McDavid. They had a right to be excited as Connor is excelling at his role on the Edmonton Oilers and is winning scoring titles. The media does overhype some players but they did not get it wrong when it came to McDavid. There were countless times where Connor’s amazing OHL goals and plays were shown on these media outlets and this all built anticipation for this young player to pave his way to the NHL.

9 He Already Has Three Gold Medals

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Many hockey players dream of winning a gold medal in international play. What many people do not know is that McDavid, at only 20 years of age, already has three of them.

Connor’s first gold medal was won at the IIHF World U18 Championship where he represented Team Canada. The youngest player on this Canadian team, McDavid finished the tournament leading in goals and total points. His second gold medal was won at the IIHF World U20 Championship where he was an assistant captain and led the entire tournament in assists.

McDavid’s greatness did not stop there. He recently brought home gold in the 2016 World Hockey Championship. May I remind you that he has accomplished all of this before even hitting his mid 20s?

8 He Was Too Good For His Age

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Connor started playing hockey when he was 4 years old. His parents actually had to lie when they enrolled him to play hockey because he had to be at least 5 years of age to play.

McDavid was so good at such a young age that he was able to play against players a lot older than him. By the time he was playing in Aurora, Ontario, his teammates and opponents were as old as 9 years old. There are videos on the internet that show some of Connor’s nifty moves in a shootout when he was only 8 years old! This was all evidence and only a glimpse of what a great player he would become once he got older and hit the pro leagues.

7 McDavid/Strome Friendship

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Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome were drafted only two picks apart in the 2015 draft. This is quite an accomplishment for two former teammates and good friends.

From the comical wave that occurred at the 2015 draft to being teammates on the Erie Otters, the McDavid/Strome friendship is one that we can only love and appreciate. Both of these players are extremely talented and although they aren’t playing on the same team, they still try to keep in touch through text and social media. In the end, when it comes to on ice action, these pals put their friendship aside and focus on winning the game but off the ice, seeing them laugh it out together seems only natural and entertaining. The future is hard to predict and therefore it wouldn’t be fair to say that these two would never play on the same NHL team.

6 He Is Due For A Hefty Raise

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McDavid is still on his cap-friendly entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. He has a $925,000 cap hit on the Oilers books and with all performances factored in, he earns just under $4 million. This will all change by the end of his next season.

McDavid is due for a hefty long term deal which will involve a lot of money. If we want to get a better look at how much money is involved, Anze Kopitar recently signed an 8 year/$80 million deal. It is safe to say that Connor can put up more points in a single season than Kopi so it wouldn’t be crazy to see McDavid signed to a long-term deal with a cap hit of $10-plus million. The Oilers do not have a choice but to pay this talented forward as he is already working wonders on this team.


4 He Is A Fan Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

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This might upset some but McDavid was a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Growing up, he was an avid follower of many Toronto teams including the Raptors and the Blue Jays.

Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Connor chose to follow one of Ontario’s NHL teams. On another note, the Leafs are in a similar situation as the Oilers as their fountain of youth earned them a playoff spot with rookies Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner taking the spotlight. While the Leafs were his main team, McDavid also followed the Pittsburgh Penguins as he was also a fan of their many superstars. It will be interesting if a Matthews/McDavid finals matchup actually does happen down the road as we can already see these two players being compared to each other frequently.

3 His Favorite Player Is Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is by far one of, if not the best player in today’s game. It is crazy when we realize that McDavid grew up watching Sid put on a show in Pittsburgh. What is even crazier is the fact that Connor’s dream of playing in the same league as his favorite player became a reality.

These two players are often compared to each other as they both excel at NHL hockey and shined in the first two seasons of their careers. McDavid has also stated that he considers himself to be a player similar to Leafs forward Tyler Bozak but it would be more respectable to say that he is able to change the game and make his teammates better as does Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.

2 He Has Transformed The Edmonton Oilers

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For the last few years, we have known the Edmonton Oilers as the team that sits at the bottom of the standings and accumulates first overall picks. Here came in their savior, Connor McDavid.

How much has Connor changed the Oilers? Well, the Oilers scored a total of 247 goals in the 2016-17 season. McDavid finished the year with 30 goals and 70 assists for a total of 100 points. Some good old mathematics would allow you to see that McDavid was involved in a little over 40% of Edmonton’s total goals. This is a lucrative number and it just shows how much value McDavid has brought to Oilers organization. It is safe to say that Edmonton is not the same team with Connor out of the lineup.

1 Some Unbelievable Stats You Probably Did Not Know

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It is a known fact that Connor McDavid won the Art Ross this season but exactly how good of a player is he? Let’s take a look at some insane stats that Connor has achieved.

McDavid acquired a league leading 70 assists. This alone would put him at the top of scoring for 20 NHL teams. Unbelievable considering this doesn’t even take into account the 30 goals he scored as well. Connor also had more assists than Auston Matthews had total points! Considering Matthews scored 40 goals this season, this stat becomes much more incredible.

There is also the fact that McDavid notched more points this season than Sidney Crosby, although Sid missed a few games due to an injury. In fact, McDavid scored at a 1.21 point-per-game pace while Crosby trailed behind at 1.18. Outscoring Crosby is great but doing it at just 20 years of age is another accomplishment on its own.

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