October 15, 2013
Does Connor McDavid still have to wait another 24 months to play in the NHL? It seems like no weekend is complete without the 16-year-old Erie Otters centre scoring a goal that does not seem eye-popping but that, on reflection, was a one-percenter tally.
Take Monday, when the Otters filleted the Mississauga Steelheads 7-0. McDavid won a puck battle behind the net with Mississauga's Andres Kopstals, who's three years older, then curled in front of the net and held the puck ... held it ... held it ... before Steelheads goalie Dawson Carty and left a gaping hole. Most juniors would have been "futilely jamming the puck toward the well-covered near post."
From Dave Feschuk:
Sherry Bassin, the Otters’ GM, acknowledged that when Erie comes to town “they know (McDavid’s) name better than they know ours.” Even the Steelheads were not above paying homage to an esteemed opponent.
“When he comes out of the corner with the puck, it’s almost like he gains some sort of superhuman strength,” James Boyd, the Mississauga head coach, said of McDavid in the lead-up to the game. “He takes it to the net like a guy who’s six-foot-five and 225 pounds with skill. And if there is a sliver of light, he will take that puck to the net just like a Sidney Crosby.”
“There’s nights when this level looks below him now,” said one NHL scout on Monday. (Toronto Star)
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