“I remember a conversation I had with Windsor Spitfires forward Joshua Ho Sang last spring before he was chosen late in the first round by the New York Islanders. I asked Ho Sang about his time spent with McDavid with the Toronto Marlboros minor midget AAA team in 2011-12. Ho Sang told me that everyone knows how gifted a player he is but no one ever seems to talk about his work ethic. Ho Sang said McDavid didn’t drop onto the Earth with all this talent, he truly worked at it. Ho Sang said he’s known McDavid since the age of 9 and feels his work ethic is what has gotten him this far and will take him to even greater heights in the future.” Mike Morreale, NHL.com
“If there is any player in the NHL that I would like to become, it’s Pavel Datysuk. He has amazing offensive skills but is also someone that the coach can put on in the last 30 seconds in a one goal game because he is also very defensive minded. He is the complete 2-way player”. –Connor McDavid, when asked if there was anyone in the NHL he looks at and says ‘that’s the player I’d like to become’? (2012 interview)
“He’s as good as I’ve seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years, the best to come along since (Mario) Lemieux and (Sidney) Crosby. He can definitely change a franchise’s fortunes.” Wayne Gretzky talking about McDavid.
Taylor Hall endured an injury-riddled regular season and once again finished outside the playoffs as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. He appears to be taking it out on goalies at the WHC’s, and it’s showing in the overall scoring parade:
- Taylor Hall 4GP, 5-3-8
- Evgeni Dadanov 4GP, 3-5-8
- Loui Eriksson 4GP, 3-4-7
- Filip Forsberg 4GP, 5-1-6
- several others at six points
I honestly think Hall is sending a message: Don’t you forget about me. This should be a stunning offensive team right soon!
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) May 6, 2015
I’ll admit to not really knowing one damn thing about hockey chemistry in regard to lines, but would dearly love to see the young Russian get a shot at being the shotgun rider on what we all believe will be the McDavid—Hall 1line this fall. Eberle has chem with Hall, so that may be the plan, but for me Yakupov’s rocket from the off side could be dynamite for this line.
Time to start the Ryan Nugent Hopkins over-under trade-rumour count. #NHLDraft
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) April 19, 2015
I don’t see it, honestly. The Nuge has blossomed as a fine two-way center and his line is going to be very important for the Oilers as they drive north from the bottom of the second division. Nuge can be deployed in any role, and with Anton Lander (having a terrific WHC himself) the team suddenly has ridiculous C depth.
And then find some wingers for Lander. The Oilers forward group is borderline insane the moment McDavid’s name is called.