It was a whirlwind morning at the Royal Glenora Club today as the Oilers geared up for their informal skate.
Among a sea of faces, one in particular stood out among the rest: Connor McDavid.
He’s finally here.
Making his way to the rink, McDavid was all smiles while catching up with and meeting his teammates.
“It’s been really good,” he said. “It was fun today being around the guys and getting to meet some new faces and that, so it’s been good.”
After a few skill-set drills, the group split into two and got down to business, scrimmaging for the remainder of their ice-time.
“It’s exciting,” said McDavid. “It was a quick summer, went by pretty fast but I couldn’t be happier to get out to Edmonton and get everything going.”
It didn’t take long for the six-foot-one centre to find his groove, flying past his opponents to be the first to score, making a stark reminder to everyone as to why he's here and maybe, in an effort to prove why he's already ranked number 36 on the list of top 50 players in the NHL.
He hasn't played a single NHL game yet and McDavid's already been placed in the spotlight.
Even Steven Stamkos, a fellow competitor, believes McDavid is more skilled than he was at that age.
“That’s obviously one of the nicest compliments but I don’t think that’s really true,” said McDavid. “I skated with him all summer long, but I don’t really think that’s true.”