Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Connor McDavid is hoping to be the first 16-year-old to play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships since Sidney Crosby in 2004.
He has made people talking about how a 16-year-old could bull his way into a national team for a tournament traditionally dominated by 19-year-olds.
He is going to Europe when the national team departs Sunday for the World Junior Championship and is not expected to be a late cut.
McDavid proved how special he could be yet again Sunday, scoring the first of Canada’s three goals in a 3-0 shutout of a select team of college hockey players from the Toronto area. Most of those players were way past 21 years of age.
“He’s got tremendous skill. His speed is going to be a big factor on the big ice like this. He’s a phenomenal hockey player and we are lucky to have him here now,” said teammate Kerby Rychel.
Last season, McDavid was granted exceptional-player status by Hockey Canada and was able to join the Ontario Hockey League as an under-age player.
In his first season with the Erie Otters, McDavid had 25 goals and 66 points in 62 games. This season, he already has 50 points in 31 games.
Defense admittedly has always been the knock on McDavid. But he has been working to improve on that weakness.
After going minus-24 as an OHL rookie, he is plus-22 this season.