The GTHL and the OHL are two leagues with a high abundance of talent. Year by year, there are some talents from the Great White North that made the ultimate step to join the NHL. So, today our focus will be Connor McDavid – the Future of the NHL.
Mc David started his hockey journey at the York-Simcoe Express of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) The he joined the Toronto Marlboros which is one of the best teams in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). During his time in the GTHL, McDavid played bantam and minor midget hockey.
McDavid had remarkable success in the 2011–12 season. His record was 79 goals and 130 assists for 209 points in 88 games at the minor midget level and that resulted with the GTHL Player of the Year reward.
McDavid was drafted first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Subsequently, on July 3, 2015, McDavid signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team. He made his NHL debut on October 8, 2015, in a 3–1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. His talent and good play were rewarded on October 5, 2016, when McDavid was named captain of the Oilers, making him the youngest captain in NHL history.
McDavid development did not stop here. On July 5, 2017, McDavid signed 8-year contract extension $100 million with the Edmonton Oilers. The rest is history. Connor McDavid is the best forward in the NHL. And this is not just a statement. McDavid won that accolade in the NHLPA Players Poll, with 68.3% of the vote from 555 respondents. He won it last season, too, with 63.64% of the vote from 517 respondents.
Indeed, Connor McDavid is the most exciting player in the NHL but it was the GTHL that gave him the platform to develop his talent into one of the best hockey players in the world.