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There's a 'C' in McDavid

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

The topic of Oilers team Captain has been one that's circled the drain a few times over the summer, with speculation that Oilers forward Connor McDavid will be asked to don the 'C' on his jersey this season.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan confirmed that a Captain would be decided on during Oilers Main Camp, but as to when that announcement will be made remains untold.  

Although it's unknown what the NHL club's decision will be, it hasn't been lost on players as to how the young centre represents himself both on and off the ice.

"I thought he handled [captaincy] really well," said Nugent-Hopkins on McDavid wearing the 'C' for Team North America during the World Cup. "He was still a younger guy there, but I think he led a lot by example. The good thing about Connor is he didn't change at all when he got the 'C'. He just kept being the humble kid that he is and he had some really good success and he lead us to a pretty good tournament."

Being granted the role as Captain for Team NA wasn't a role the 19-year-old took lightly. 

"It felt great," said McDavid. "Definitely felt humbled and proud to wear the C on a team like that, so I was very comfortable with it."

Oilers forward Milan Lucic - and potential future linemate of McDavid - has been impressed with not only the skill he brings to the ice but the air of maturity he carries with him off it as well.

"He's a very mature young man," said Lucic. "It's surprising that he's only 19 years old, the way he carries himself, I think that's what's going to make him a great leader and possibly, at some point, the next captain of the Oilers."

But being out there on the ice with him, obviously, he makes a lot of things happen and you have to be ready no matter where you are on the ice because he's really good at getting guys the puck, so I think that's one thing that I definitely have got to get used to is just being ready for pucks at all times and scoring positions and when you get those chances you've got to make sure you score." 


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