Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 08/22/13 at 01:09 AM ET
The Biosteel Camp is still underway in Toronto, and 16-year-old Connor McDavid, who's already being called "the next Sidney Crosby" and "The Next One," is taking part and training with Gary Roberts. The Erie Otters forward told the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle that he's experiencing something of an eye-opener skating among NHL'ers this week:
“Just how big and fast they are,” McDavid said when asked what he has learned about NHL-level competition thus far. “The pace just keeps stepping up, and it was tough to keep up a little bit.”
Not that that’s unexpected at this point. Just 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds (180 centimetres and 79.4 kilograms), McDavid isn’t even eligible for the NHL draft for almost another two years, when he’ll headline a 2015 class that has been focused on his name for a while.
McDavid hasn’t given scouts many reasons to doubt his abilities, however, as he was the most valuable player at the world under-18 tournament in April, setting a Canadian scoring record with 14 points in seven games to lead his team to a gold medal.
That performance helped get him an invite to the world junior camp this summer, and indications are he could become just the sixth 16-year-old to suit up for Canada this winter.
Only the third player in OHL history to be granted “exceptional player status” last year, to allow him to play major junior at 15, McDavid appears to be the latest young player to set to make good on the “Next One” designation.
“There weren’t really many too many expectations on me,” McDavid said of his rookie season with a rebuilding Otters team. “Now, it seems like there’s a lot of pressure. I’ve to be better than last year.”
Mirtle continues, and the rest of the article's worth your time...
And here's the "Camp, Day 3" video:
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