EDMONTON, AB - Oilers captain Connor McDavid is balancing frustration with confidence as he looks back on 2018-19 and ahead to what will be an important off-season for the team.
"I'd be a complete loser if I wasn't frustrated," he said on Sunday morning. "It's frustrating personally and it's frustrating as a group. We want to be in the playoffs. We want to be competing late in the season. That's not where we're at, so we've got some stuff to figure out… That's simply the facts and we're going to get it right."
McDavid said he and Oilers CEO/Vice Chair Bob Nicholson have chatted briefly about the organization's plans moving forward with a GM search, NHL Draft and free agency on the horizon.
"My message is let's get this right, let's fix this," McDavid said. "It doesn't matter what has to happen, let's just get this right. That's all."
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The captain specifically referenced depth scoring as an area of improvement with only he (41), Leon Draisaitl (50), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (28), Alex Chiasson (22), Zack Kassian (15) and Darnell Nurse (10) hitting double-digit goals.
"We have a lot of high-end skill and we have some really good depth players as well, guys that fill roles and whatnot," McDavid said. "If you look around the league, every team has guys that score 30 to 40 goals. But it's the middle of the pack where guys have 15, 12, 10 goals type of stuff. I'm not putting that on other people, but if you want to be successful in this league, your whole lineup has to be dangerous."
McDavid also made it clear he will be one of those dangerous players in Orange & Blue for many years to come.
"I want to be here," he said. "If I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't have signed an eight-year deal. I love the guys and the city. There's obviously going to be changes both on and off the ice, that's just the facts of it, but I'm here to be part of the solution and that's that."
The captain's immediate focus will be recovering from the to-be-determined leg injury he suffered during Saturday's season finale and he'll slowly begin to set his sights on the 2019-20 campaign.
"We have a lot of stuff that we need to figure out," he said. "Can I comment on next year? I really can't. But obviously we're hopeful. I want to play in the playoffs, so that's the bottom line."