Will the success story continue into the new year for Erie Otter star forward Connor McDavid? Born in 1997, McDavid has produced a staggering amount of points at an early age which lead him to receive exceptional status into the OHL last year. Since then he has proved to scouts and players around the league that he has talent beyond his years, and can compete against players far older and bigger than him. This recognition has led McDavid to become Canada’s second (Sidney Crosby being the first)16 year old player to play at the World Junior Hockey Tournament.
Some of the competition are upwards of 4 years older than Connor McDavid which could be a danger to the potential first overall draft pick. Is it too early to have McDavid represent Canada? He might fair well like Crosby did considering his talents, but there is a greater chance of injury when a forward has such an experience disadvantage. McDavid will have many years to return to the IIHF tournament, and will surely be far more ready to play and compete on the world stage in years to come. Furthermore, on the ice McDavid will be a direct target for many big defensemen. I simply don’t understand Hockey Canada’s rush to get McDavid out there and in the publics eye.
He has played internationally at the under 18 hockey tournament, but is nothing like the World Juniors. With millions of people watching McDavid has pressure on him, and as a young teenager I believe that’s not necessary at that age. His statistics in the OHL thus far are tremendously impressive and make me believe he has a chance of success at the World Juniors. The only thing is risking his safety too early…to let him gain a few more years (even a year) would help him in the tournament. sixteen is just too young, its that simple.