Connor McDavid (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Another game, another absolutely unbelievable highlight courtesy of Connor McDavid. With Erie up 1-0, McDavid helped the Otters add some insurance with a no-look, between the legs pass to teammate Nick Betz that had just about everyone fooled.
The draft lottery is five days away and, just in case there were any teams still doubting the supreme, near ludicrous skill of Connor McDavid, he made yet another other-worldly play Sunday night in the third game of the OHL’s Western Conference semi-final.
Early in the third period, with McDavid’s Erie Otters already up 1-0 over the London Knights, the 18-year-old phenom took the puck behind the net with a check draped all over him. Without even turning his head, McDavid smacked the puck back between his legs to teammate Nick Betz who had an open net and all the time in the world:
Poor Michael Giugovaz. The Knights goaltender, like everyone else on the ice, is watching McDavid as he swoops around the net and doesn’t even notice that the Otters’ captain has dished the puck off to Betz.
By the time Giugovaz even realizes the puck isn’t where he thinks it is, Betz is bouncing the puck off of Giugovaz’s foot and into the net.
With the assist – one of three he notched on the night – McDavid now leads the OHL post-season in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points in eight games. The next closest scorer to McDavid is Nick Ritchie, who has nine goals and 17 points in seven contests.
In the regular season, McDavid scored 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games. He finished just nine points off the scoring lead despite playing 21 fewer games than scoring champion Dylan Strome.