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"When you're that good, everyone looks up to you and everyone is in awe every shift," said Ryan Strome

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid, legitimately, never ceases to amaze.

Although the Oilers Captain remains humble more often than not, his peers have no problem gloating about their leader and his habitual feats.

"When you're that good, everyone looks up to you," said Oilers forward Ryan Strome, referencing McDavid's stellar displays - including his batted goal against Colorado on Thursday as well as his five-point night on Monday against Tampa Bay. 

"Everyone is in awe every shift."

Strome continued with his praise: "I've seen it for a while watching him in junior with my brother (Dylan Strome) in Erie but he's doing it at this level which is the highest in the world and making it look easy. It's impressive to see it every day, his speed and how he works."

Video: RAW | Ryan Strome

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, a veteran bench boss with over 700 games of coaching experience, admits he's taken back by McDavid's body of work.

"Even on the bench, you become a fan," said McLellan, noting the heightened degree of appreciation from the bench perspective. "We maybe even appreciate it a little bit more than even the fan does because we're around the players. We're so close to it. We understand the speed and the pace that it's happening at. When you're on the bench, you get all five senses. You can hear, you can see, you can almost smell the game a little bit. When you've tapped all your senses, you're really into it."

No doubt amazed by McDavid, Strome said the Oilers constantly joke with their captain about his acts.

"He's such a good player that you can't praise him all the time," Strome, who had two assists on Monday and now has 22 points in 51 games, said. "We try to keep him a little honest. He works the hardest in practice, he's dedicated and he's the best player in the League. 

"I think he deserves everything he gets and all the credit he gets."

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