by Ray Kuhn
We kicked off our hockey coverage with Connor McDavid and rightfully so. The first overall pick had a few minor bumps and growing pains early in the season, but that is to be expected for an 18-year old rookie and it is difficult to find much to criticize the rookie for over his 13 games prior to breaking his clavicle. The time missed might make it tough for him to win the Calder Trophy, but he is still in the Top-10 among rookies in scoring. It is clear that he is a special player, the problem is that he is stuck in Edmonton on a team that is still struggling to rebuild.
Entering play on Thursday McDavid has 25 points (nine goals and 16 assists) in 21 games. Since his return he has scored in six of his eight games, with multiple points in four of them, tallying four goals and nine assists. In his first game back he had a goal and two assists and had a career night (for now) against the Maple Leafs a recently with two goals and three assists.
Based on what we have seen in his brief career, emphasis that we have a small sample size and he is still a 19-year old with developing to do, it is hard not to let your imagination run wild. But we must. Or should we?
In Edmonton they are not taking that approach, and although the sample size is small, perhaps it is warranted. Here is a chart that the Edmonton Sun published that certainly alludes to that philosophy (click here to view the article):
As noted by the article offense is at a premium more now than in any other era, so that is why the point totals were adjusted. Regardless of the era we know that we are currently watching a special player. Someone who has gotten to watch McDavid the entire season, broadcaster Glen Principe, had this to say about the rookie to the New York Times (click here for the article):
“People are clamoring for him everywhere we go — there’s a following, a Gretzky-like excitement. This is a special player. Wait until he really starts to light it up.”
At this point maybe we should just simply enjoy McDavid. In time his place in history will become clear and we should get used to seeing him in many All-Star games and atop scoring lists. The future is bright and that is quite evident across the NHL as the best is likely yet to come.
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