The thing about Connor McDavid is that his brilliance doesn't become manifest through faking and feinting past four defenders like they were extras in a Bruce Lee movie, the stuff that makes a highlight reel. The 16-year-old phenom would have the sense to pass to a wide-open Erie Otters teammate after getting past the second guy. Third, tops.
With McDavid it's just the ease with which the young centre can make the puck behave for him when he's moving at a high speed. His goal on Saturday when Erie treated the largest crowd in team history to an 8-4 win over North Bay explains it well. McDavid won a puck race in the Battalion and had a tight space to make his move, but kept defender Steven Duda at bay and waited out goalie Brendan O'Neill before going roof daddy.
McDavid has seven points through six games for Erie, which is actually fourth on the Otters in scoring behind Toronto Maple Leafs pick Connor Brown, overage Dane Fox and Washington Capitals first-rounder Andre Burakovsky. That is a small sample size, plus it's probably just a matter of when he's going to to go off for a big night.
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