Connor McDavid totally not devastated Oilers won lottery, says dad

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This is Connor McDavid’s face, moments after it was revealed the Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery for the right to select him this June.

One might assume this is a look of dreadful disappointment, because it’s the exact look one gives when told they need a root canal, or that rather than turkey  the main course at Thanksgiving is rat brains.

Ah, but someone who would know best believes anyone that gleans disappointment from McDavid’s reaction here is as wrong as wrong can be: Brian McDavid, the new Walter Gretzky!

As he told Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun:

“To be honest, he was a little bit in shock,” said Brian.

“He would have had the exact same expression on his face if the winner had been Buffalo, Toronto or Arizona. The reality is that his future had just been decided by bingo balls.”

Just like our grandmothers every Tuesday night ...

It's a future that Connor McDavid never thought could bring him to that cesspool of dashed expectations and abject mismanagement slice of hockey heaven known as the Edmonton Oilers. Brian McDavid, via Jones:

“Candidly, Edmonton was the one place we didn’t think he’d land despite the high odds.

“We figured the hockey odds wouldn’t grant the Oilers another first overall pick. So we never really talked about Edmonton. We were just shocked when the balls bounced in their favor.

“Connor is very aware of the rich history and the passionate fans in Edmonton and would be proud and humbled to follow in the steps of those great players and teams. I hope my saying this will put that subject to rest.”

So there you go: That look on McDavid’s face – a.k.a. the same look one has when a blind date has Rod Brind’Amour’s nose and Mike Ricci’s smile – is actually one of humility and honor, as McDavid finally achieves his dream of being compared to Wayne Gretzky on a game-by-game basis and hearing “if only we had better goaltending” for the next decade.

Image via Sid Seixeiro

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