The Erie Otters have been fortunate enough that the production of McDavid has more-or-less matched the hype that comes naturally attached to the annual exceptional 15-year old allowed to be picked in the priority selection.
And, depressing as it may be that jersey numbers representing birth years have crawled into the high nineties, it's stunning that McDavid has been able to live up to the hype. Sure, his Erie Otters aren't quite in playoff contention just yet, but they've won three more games through 29 games than they did last season.
Somehow, that hasn't led to an increase in fans at the gate. The Otters, despite McDavid's success, have an average home attendance of just 2,631, down from 2,849 this time last season. On the road, however, 4,861 fans are coming to see Erie play versus 4,623 last season. The legend grows!
While success at the gate hasn't come for the Otters, the Toronto-born star has already been dubbed the "consensus No. 1 overall pick for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft" by the team more than three years in advance. A game-worn Connor McDavid jersey the team was auctioning off fetched a bid higher than $1,000 on Tuesday morning:
The game worn Connor McDavid Erie Otters jersey has met its reserve and bids have topped $1,000 less than 24 hours after being put up for auction on eBay.
The jersey was worn by McDavid in the game against the Plymouth Whalers on November 28, in which he tallied a goal and an assist. The jersey is also autographed by McDavid on the back.
To other trivial matters, and more about the play of McDavid, I dug around and found a few interesting statistics. The lone other recent 15-year old forward in the OHL, John Tavares, had 17 goals and 31 points in his first 29 games in the league. McDavid is up to 17 goals and 36 points, slightly eclipsing the eventual New York Islanders star.Read More »from Connor McDavid's game-worn jersey bids reach $1000 in less than 24 hours