Since being selected first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid has exceeded fans’ very high expectations of him.
McDavid was a hyped-up prospect, and although he missed three months of his rookie season, he was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
McDavid became the youngest captain in NHL history in 2016, and he also, in the just second NHL season of his career, became the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy, reaching 100 points and leading the NHL in points.
McDavid has since continued to win awards, and every season, he keeps stunning fans with highlight-reel goals and plays.
McDavid is perhaps the fastest player in hockey, and he has a great hockey IQ. But what also makes him so great is his never-ending work ethic.
McDavid always wants to win, and he always wants to be better. And this story proves it more than anything.
When the Oilers hired Jeff Jackson as their new CEO of hockey operations, he wasn’t an unfamiliar name in Edmonton. He worked as McDavid’s agent for many years, and when he was appointed for his new job, he shared a great story about his former client, and how hard he actually works.
“There’s a funny story that I can’t stop thinking about,” Jackson said. “I think it was his first Hart and Lindsay and Art Ross Trophy. We were in Vegas for the awards, I went to the draft and he went home.
“It was like a Tuesday and he went on the ice and he texted me, ‘I feel like crap.’ But he had just won all those awards. And then Adam, who worked with me at Wasserman, went over to Connor’s parent’s place. He was going to deliver something, and he went to the front door and rang the doorbell the garage door went up. He went back out, and Connor was in the garage in his rollerblades at his mom and dad’s place, not even living there anymore, in a T-shirt and shorts working on his game, working on his hands. That sort of thing exemplifies what he’s all about.”
Since then, McDavid has been getting better and better, and with how great the Edmonton Oilers are doing right now, you have to think a first Stanley Cup win isn’t far off.