Despite obtaining four first-overall draft picks, the Edmonton Oilers franchise has consistently struggled for quite some time. They missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year by over 30 points, adding to their 10 year post-season drought, finishing last in the Pacific Division.
However, this years addition of star-rookie Connor McDavid looks promising for the Oilers. The highly-anticipated rookie scored 16 goals in 45 games and tallied 32 assists. McDavid was also said to be a true leader on and off the ice for the team, despite his inexperience in the NHL.
Though it has yet to be confirmed, officially, by the Oilers, all signs point to McDavid being named the team’s captain. Edmonton did not have a captain in the 15-16 season but named four alternates (Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ference, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins).
McDavid will become one of the youngest captains in the NHL. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche was named captain at 19 and 286 days and McDavid is currently 19 and 251 days old.
Despite his young age, McDavid has the support of his teammates as he displayed true poise and leadership in his rookie season with the Oilers.
“Connor is just one of those guys who leads by example and that’s a guy you can follow,” said Oilers goalie, Cam Talbot.
McDavid was drafted first, overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft.
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