Every time I watch the kid I find myself trying to come up with a single NHL comparison but it always ends up being some Frankenstein concept of several different players. Last time I watched a junior aged player this unique was...well, guess who.
Connor's got the speed/explosiveness of Phil Kessel, the vision of RNH, and the hands of Pat Kane. His skillset is second to none, it's just some peripheral/physical things that need to evolve and he will be an absolute generational talent. He tends to get beat along the boards and in corners quite a bit but man, he's 15....if he can develop this side of his game, watch out.
Yea, he's a mish mash alright. I find that he thinks the game a lot like Crosby, but he doesn't have the same build. I'd argue that his skillset is on par or better than a lot of Sid's at the same age - specifically around shooting and puckhandling.
If I had to pick only one player to compare him to, it would be . . . Claude Giroux - though McDavid projects to be bigger and more explosive, and possibly more skilled. He's gonna be whale of a player. Best prospect since Crosby in my mind.
Yeah I feel his lack of physical maturity this year will hold him back. That and maybe doing a bit more away from the puck are probably the only things between him and making the WJC team at 16.
Connor will play in the U17 this Christmas for a stacked and I mean a completely stacked Team Ontario... Then he'll play in the IIHF U18 World Championship this spring.
Hockey Canada has a rule; no player can compete for an U20 team until he competes or participates in an U18 Tournament/or Training Camp. This is why Mackinnon did not participate in the U20 Summit Series with the Russians this past summer and had to instead play the U18 Ivan Hlinka summer tournament.
Saw this thread (link below) and got thinking about who could potentially become McDavid's teammate for the next couple of years. Thoughts on what you think the Otters need to add for next year to complement the core kids ? Always tough to watch your team finish near the basement, but in this case it really could help push the team up for the next 2/3 years.
Still believe he has somewhat of a shot at the scoring title this year. His consistency will eventually allow him to surpass a few people above him, and if he starts getting more multipoint games he should be in the mix. But Galchenyuk, Strome, Schiefele et al will be hard to pass.
He's +4 now, pretty impressive for a 15 year old on a terrible team. He's the only Otter with a positive +/-, everyone else is even to -12. I think it reflects his puck hounding ways, shades of Crosby in the way he hunts the puck down, won't be denied.