Todd McLellan echoed his players’ comments from yesterday when he spoke to the media wrapping up the 2015-16 season. Almost every player interviewed applauded the leadership of rookie centre Connor McDavid at locker room clean-out day at Rexall Place.
When the Oilers head coach took to the podium, he too spoke highly of young McDavid’s ability to lead. McLellan was asked if McDavid is ready to be a captain at the NHL level and he said he’s close.
“Connor was a tremendous leader this year in his short time with us,” said McLellan. “His presence alone when he walks into the room, and he knows it, he exudes confidence, he carries himself properly. I think leaders attract people. You want to be in his corner, you want to be around him, and when leaders attract people they care about people too and Connor has that going. He’s still 19 years old. I think he’s close to being the guy and ready for it. We’ll talk more over the summer with that. He’ll need a very good supporting crew around him, and we’ll see what our team looks like in the fall to determine whether or not that’s the right thing for our group.”