SUNRISE, FL - Connor McDavid has had a long wait since the Draft Lottery in April. But when the Oilers called his name, selecting him first overall tonight at the BB&T Center, he couldn’t be happier.
McDavid has been monitoring the Oilers changes over the last couple months, including the promotion of Bob Nicholson to CEO, the hiring of Peter Chiarelli as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, as well as Todd McLellan being named Head Coach.
“Not to say any of the other guys did a bad job or anything, it’s just a great change,” said McDavid. “Mr. McLellan and Mr. Chiarelli are great hockey minds. Obviously, Mr. Nicholson has come in and done such a great job. It’s an exciting time to be an Oiler. I know the fans are excited and they should be. It will be a great time.”
McDavid says those changes and their effect on the fan base are among the things that get him the most pumped to join Edmonton.
“I think just the change and the excitement of the fans and the long list of great players that have played there. There is so much to be excited about to be an Edmonton Oiler. I’m just thrilled.”
McDavid is also eager to join his teammates, like fellow first-overall picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.
“I was a big fan of those guys when they were drafted,” said McDavid. “I followed them a little bit so of course I’ve watched the Oilers a little bit here and there whenever I can. I try to get to bed a little earlier than that but I was an Oiler fan for sure.”