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We Will Be Entertained

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Nine meetings between Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid this season, starting on Wednesday night.

Buckle up.

For entertainment value in the North Division, it won’t get much better than that when the Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers clash.

“They play different games but what makes them similar is that they are elite in what their skill sets are,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after Toronto practised at the Ford Performance Centre on Tuesday. “McDavid’s speed and Auston’s shot and goal-scoring ability … both players are more experienced in the league and they’re adding different layers and pieces to their game. They’re special talents.

“Just to be on the bench for these games are great, all throughout the division, there’s elite talents on every team. The challenge certainly doesn’t get easier now with Edmonton.”

Each player is producing at a point-a-game pace — Matthews has four points in four games and McDavid five in four — but we know each is capable of more and busting out at a moment’s notice.


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Paul's avatar

I think I know the answer but you tell me.

You are starting a team and have the choice of picking McDavid or Matthews.  Who do you pick?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/21 at 08:51 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

I don’t think there’s a bad choice there.  I know Matthews was immature when he came into the league (and TBH his looks don’t do him any favors), but you can build a powerhouse team with him as the best piece.

All that said, I’d still rather build around McDavid as there is one extra notch of high-speed talent there.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/20/21 at 09:55 AM ET


McDavid can do things no other player in the league I’ve seen
can do. I’d choose him on that basis even though Mathews has great size and is such a gifted goal scorer.

But both teams are works in progress. Edmonton still doesn’t look like a
playoff team yet. Toronto keeps tinkering, but I’m not sure they have the core
that, other than offensive skill, has what it takes to go deep in the playoffs.

Montreal looks very well-balanced. Calgary also looks improved.
Winnipeg is sort of a wild card, while Vancouver is struggling thus far.
Ottawa is at least respectable. Good for them. I’m not sure Edmonton or even Toronto is closer to Montreal and Calgary than to the rest of the pack.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/20/21 at 01:35 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

For a center with a pretty good bunch of goal scorers around him, Matthews doesn’t put up that many assists. For that reason, and the speed factor that TheMeal mentioned, I’d take McDavid.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/20/21 at 02:38 PM ET

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