It was an exceptional end to an exceptional season.
After joining John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as players that received exceptional status into the Ontario Hockey League, Connor McDavid was met at his first OHL training camp with gargantuan expectations.
He would do nothing but meet those expectations for the duration of his inaugural season, winning the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie.
The award was fitting, as the five-foot-11, 170-pound Toronto, ON product would pile up 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games all while playing with the Erie Otters.
Considering McDavid’s plethora of skills, including elite vision and lightning quick hands, it’s hard to imagine he’s not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2015 – where he’s considered as the consensus top pick at this point by Future Considerations.
McDavid has garnered praise from all corners of the hockey world regarding his maturity and strong play this past season.
A lot can change in two years but it’s expected that until then, McDavid will continue to add to what has so far been an exceptional start to his young OHL career.