Connor McDavid (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Still wondering why Connor McDavid was selected first overall? Wednesday night, McDavid showed exactly what he brings to the table by shedding veteran Red Wings center Brad Richards, creating a 2-on-1 and deking out Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek with ease for a beautiful goal.
Remember two weeks ago when Connor McDavid had just broken into the NHL and was held pointless in his first two games of the season? Things were much simpler for opposing teams back then.
But since his third game in the league, McDavid has been heating up and Wednesday evening he added a beauty marker to his highlight reel when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Detroit Red Wings.
In the second period, with the Oilers leading 1-0, McDavid and Benoit Pouliot broke out of the Edmonton zone and into what looked like it would be a 2-on-2. It didn’t look that way for long, though, as McDavid got a step on Detroit’s Brad Richards and cut in front of the Red Wings veteran center before shoving him out of his way like Richards was the rookie in this scenario.
With a step on Richards, McDavid then took a perfect pass from Pouliot, deked out Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek and slipped the puck into an open net:
For those who were waiting for that lightbulb moment as to why McDavid was selected first overall, there it is. McDavid’s combination of speed, size and skill makes him look like a savvy veteran, not an 18-year-old who is playing his seventh career NHL game.
What’s even more about McDavid’s gorgeous tally is that he has now taken over the top spot among the Oilers scoring leaders. Through seven games, McDavid’s four goals and two assists have him tied with linemate Nail Yakupov for first on the Edmonton roster. Over his past three games, McDavid has registered five points and his goal Wednesday was the first game-winner of his career.