The Erie Otters centre is considered the 'next one' as the first forward since current New York Islanders star John Tavares to enter the OHL as a 15-year-old, which means endless media attention. TSN has already sent a camera crew out to two Otters preseason games to capture footage of the Newmarket, Ont., native, while Sportsnet magazine is said to be considering a cover story. Meantime, McDavid, whose regular-season debut is set for Sept. 20 against the Niagara IceDogs, is trying to glean as much as he can from linemate/roommate Stephen Harper.
"They partnered us up right from the beginning," McDavid says. "I'm lucky to have him, for sure. He [the 17-year-old Harper] has helped me with everything, He's probably sick of me already by now, actually. I ask him everything and he always answers every question. It's great to have him here. They've been through it all."
McDavid's team will be one of the OHL's youngest and is coming off a 10-win season. The centre is careful to steer his answer about goals for his season away from statistics, perhaps knowing comparisons are going to be inevitable. (Tavares, for what it is worth, had 45 goals and 77 points in 65 games as a 15-year-old, but that was in a perhaps higher-scoring environment than the current OHL.)Read More »from Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid can’t hardly wait; Making The Jump