CHICAGO, IL - Connor McDavid and Alex DeBrincat made quite the combination for the Erie Otters back in 2014-15. The two forwards lit up the OHL leaderboards with a combined 224 points. Now the two meet as NHL players.
"Obviously, it's really fun playing with him," said DeBrincat. "It should be different playing against him. It's going to be tough to contain him."
"He was a fun linemate," said McDavid. "He was a guy you'd give the puck to and he'd just score. It was special to be able to play with a guy like that. I'm happy for him that he's had success and he's in the NHL already. I look forward to playing against him."
DeBrincat was taken 39th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft by Chicago, a year after Edmonton selected McDavid first overall. The Blackhawks youngster says he learned a lot from McDavid.
"You learn to play with speed," he said. "He does everything at top speed. That's kind of one of the things that's helped me. I try to do everything at top speed and emulate a bit of his game."
DeBrincat has a goal and three assists in seven games as a rookie this season.