For a second straight month, and third this season, Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month.
In March, McDavid led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, including a seven-game point streak.
“Obviously, he’s had a good month, he’s had a good year so far,” said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. “I don’t think I can say much to what’s already been said. He’s a dynamic player. When he’s on the ice he create chances, he creates offence and like I said before, it’s scary that he’s only 19 and he’s only going to get better.”
Since returning on February 2, after a broken clavicle sidelined the centre for 12 weeks (37 games), McDavid has made a dynamic return, making up for lost time, and has recorded 45 points in 42 games this season.
“It’s not like he came here a project by any means. He was an exceptional player as soon as he stepped on the ice and put on our jersey,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
“But in saying that, to be able to [produce] month after month and game after game, especially when maybe teams weren’t playing their first d-pairing and their first line against him at the start of the year, they certainly are now every shift. So for him to play at this level it’s been fun to watch and it’s been great to see for the future of our team. Not only that I think he’s grown off the ice just as far as taking on a bigger role. He’s the youngest guy on our team but a lot of guys look up to him.”
Prior to his injury, the first-overall NHL draft pick had received Rookie of the Month for October.
Though the recognition names one individual, McDavid, humbled, sees it more as a nod to his teammates.
“I definitely take a lot of pride in it,” he said. “It’s something that I’m very happy about. It’s mostly a credit to my teammates and everyone around me. Everyone’s been playing pretty well and when everyone does that, personal success goes along with it. Definitely a credit to them.”