Edmonton Selects McDavid First Overall

Connor McDavid was selected first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft held in Sunrise, FL.

In what may have been the worst kept secret in the NHL world, the Draft Lottery Winning Edmonton Oilers used the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to select OHL (and soon to be NHL) superstar Connor McDavid. 

What needs to be remembered is that Connor McDavid is still just an 18 year-old that has had a media hype storm follow him all season and even before that. 

Still, for all the hype, Connor seems to be handling it well with a very down to earth approach. I give him all the credit in the world. Just look at the media waiting to interview him. 

At his post-selection media scrum McDavid was asked about his time in Erie and the OHL.

In the scrum he also expressed how happy he was to see that teammate Dylan Strome went to the Arizona Coyotes with the third overall pick, and also that he went jetskiing while he was down here. Greg Wyshynski from Puck Daddy had some fun with that comment. 

Connor McDavid wasn’t in solitary confinement before the NHL Draft on Friday night. He wasn’t in a hermetically sealed bubble, or wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam. Although these would all be reasonable ways to protect a human investment.

He’s a commodity now, after his name was called by the Edmonton Oilers and he was handed a bright orange sweater with his No. 97 on the back – not the customary No. 15 the other, non-Chosen-One draft picks were handed to signify their draft year. But in the hours before the draft, he was an 18-year-old kid on a beach vacation with his family.

“We had breakfast together. Did some jet skiing with the family.” said McDavid. “It was a little bit stormy out there. Not the safest thing to do.”

OK, so a generational talent could have been lost at sea hours before he was selected first overall. But let the kid have his fun.
— Greg Wyshynski

We wish Connor all the best as he takes the next step in his career. His talents will be missed by Erie and the goalies of the 19 other teams in the OHL can relax.