VANCOUVER, BC - "I'm just going to take it all in and I'm just so happy to be an Oiler right now."
The newest member of the Edmonton Oilers couldn't hold back his excitement after being drafted eighth overall at the 2019 NHL Draft.
For Philip Broberg, wearing the orange and blue will kickstart a string of new things to come in his near future.
A new home. A new team. And eventually new teammates, including Connor McDavid, who is the only player in the National Hockey League to record 100 or more points in each of his last three seasons.
"Right now, he's the best player in the world," said Broberg of McDavid. "Obviously, his speed is a great aspect of his game.
"One day, I hope I will play with him."
In a showcase of his leadership, the Oilers Captain texted the Swedish defenceman on Draft day, congratulating him and welcoming him to the Oilers family.
"It's from McDavid," said a smiling Broberg when looking at his messages shortly after being drafted. "He said, 'Hey bud, it's Connor McDavid. I tried to call you a couple of times but it won't go through. Congrats man, I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Have fun tonight and see you soon.'"
Along with the message from McDavid, the Swedish rearguard also highlighted a special moment on the stage that he soon won't forget: shaking Wayne Gretzky's hand while donning the Oilers jersey for the first time.
"It was awesome. He's the GOAT," laughed Broberg. "That was obviously an experience."