It can be easy for a young player to let immediate success in the NHL make him a little over confident.
Edmonton Oilers’ 20-year-old center Connor McDavid is not one of those players.
Despite leading the Oilers to end a decade-long Stanley Cup Playoff drought, going on a run to the 2017 Western Conference Second Round, McDavid is keeping an even demeanor.
“It doesn’t really change much. Last year, we were able to find a little success, but we shouldn’t change anything,” McDavid, the Hart Trophy winner said this week (h/t NHL.com).
“Every year is a new year, and when you look at the turnover year to year, teams that made the playoffs last year aren’t a guarantee to make the playoffs this year.”
McDavid is keeping his cool as the NHL regular season inches closer and closer.
“After going through the playoffs, you definitely get a sense for how important it is to go through it at least once before you win,” McDavid said.
“Most teams that have won have lost the previous year or a few years before, so you have to get that experience. This might be a different answer than what we were saying going into the playoffs, but after going through it once, you definitely need that experience to understand how big the games are and how intense they get.”
McDavid is excited that Edmonton was able to sign forward Leon Draisaitl to a long-term extension.
McDavid agreed to an eight-year, $100 million contract on July 5th while Draisaitl inked an eight-year, $68 million contract on August 16th.
It’s exciting to get to play with Leon for the next eight years. He’s a fun guy to play with,” said McDavid.
“To have the two of us locked up like that for a long time and have the pieces that we do as well in Edmonton, it is exciting.”
Oilers Fire Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock Takes Over
Currently, the Oilers are 9-10-1 and in sixth place in the Pacific Division and own the sixth-lowest point percentage in the league at .475, leading to the team’s decision to part ways with McLellan who had been at the helm since the 2015-2016 season.
Hitchcock, 66, has the third-most wins in NHL history with 823, trailing Joel Quenneville (890) who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season, and Scott Bowman (1,244), and has spent 22 seasons as a head coach in the NHL, with stints with teams such as the Dallas Stars (2 stints), Philadelphia Flyuers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues.
Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team
Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward.
According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian sayss that he didn’t directly ask for a trade, explaining that his agent spoke with the Oilers front office about potential interest from other teams, and Kassian has since told teammates that he wants to remain in Edmonton.
The Oilers have scratched Kassian several times this season and his playing time has dipped significantly, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday when he scored his first goal of the season in less than 10 minutes of playing time.
Oilers Place Ty Rattie On Injured Reserve
The Edmonton Oilers have placed veteran forward Ty Rattie on injured reserve after it was announced on Saturday that he would miss multiple games with a midsection muscle injury.
In a corresponding move, the Oilers have recalled Cooper Marody from the AHL.
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