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Draft Central Player Profile: Connor McDavid

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

To describe Connor McDavid as a franchise calibre player may be a disservice. His skill is tantalizing, the speed at which he plays is incredible and he is captain of the Erie Otters at just 18 years old.

McDavid stands at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and shoots from the left side. With 120 points in just 47 games following both a broken bone in his hand and the World Juniors, the production speaks for itself.

He has starred for Canada at every level he has represented the country. He won gold at the U20 tournament this past January in Toronto and won gold two years ago at the U18 level. He also captured the U18 tournament MVP and 'Best Forward' honours.

It's difficult to come up with ways to describe McDavid's sheer ability. As noted earlier, it's not simply his ability to play the game with the puck on his stick but the speed at which he does it. He skates well, makes decisions quickly and has hands that keep up with both.

As far as shortcomings, his defensive game could be the so-called liability in his play. With that said, he has the puck on his stick so frequently it isn't a true issue. He'll be forced to learn the defensive side of the game at the NHL level as any young player to enter the League has had to. His skating ability will put him in positions to win pucks and get moving towards the offensive zone. That ability to drive play is what coaches will want to see.

It would be a shock if McDavid was on the board past the first pick. Given the trajectory of his junior career, it would be a shock if he was on the board past first in any other draft year as well. Scouts and managers have been waiting for the opportunity to add him to their organization for years. June 26, 2015 will see that come to fruition.

Pencil McDavid's name in at first overall in your mock drafts.

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