Oshawa Generals coach D.J. Smith is the thread that ties Connor McDavid to his future Edmonton Oilers teammate, Taylor Hall.
Smith's time as a Windsor Spitfires assistant coach covered the era when Hall matured into a star at the world junior championship, a Memorial Cup MVP and a NHL first overall pick. It also covered the span when another singular talent at the OHL level, current Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Ellis, won WJC gold as a underage player and later carried off OHL player-of-the-year honours, which McDavid will shortly.
And absolutely none of that is relatable to drafting a game plan to the dim the lights on The McDavid Show in the OHL final against the Erie Otters.
"I think Connor's a different player than Taylor," says Smith, whose team hosts McDavid and the Erie Otters in games 1 and 2 of the best-of-7 final on Friday and Saturday. "Certainly, after having Taylor his whole career in Windsor, I think you've got a different player, different elements to theirRead More »from Connor McDavid beyond compare: Oshawa Generals' D.J. Smith