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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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For the first time, first-overall pick Connor McDavid stepped onto the ice at Rexall Place.

"Today was a lot of fun," said McDavid. "The fitness testing wasn't a whole lot of fun but really cool to throw on the Oilers gear, the gear that I want to play the rest of my life wearing. It was pretty cool to put it on. With all the history, it was a lot of fun."

It was a power skating lesson, which McDavid thought was very good for both himself and the other prospects.

"That circle stuff, one foot, a lot of edges. I thought it was really good," he said. "Skating is so important. You've always got to be working on it so it was good we got a chance to do that."

The centre was asked about how it feels to be in Edmonton and now be part of an NHL organization.

"It's going to take a little while for it to sink in. It still feels surreal. It's hard to picture being part of an NHL organization, never mind the Edmonton Oilers with such a storied background.

"I visited a couple weeks ago and I've only been here a little bit now. It's a great city. It seems really nice. I'm really enjoying it."

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