Neither the NHL nor the junior hockey seasons have started as of yet but that doesn’t mean the talk about the 2015 NHL draft hasn’t started yet. In fact, for teams with little to no shot at bringing home the Stanley Cup in 2015, this season is all about landing one of the top two picks to bring Connor McDavid to town. McDavid, who is just 17 is highly touted as the top pick ahead of the 2015 draft and he has teams talking tank to acquire his services.
Obviously no first round draft pick is a sure thing, but Connor McDavid appears to be the next best thing since Sidney Crosby. We all know how the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise turned around when they landed the Canadian boy. It’s still early but McDavid is expected to be the next Sidney Crosby, or at least the draft equivalent, forcing teams to tank for their future. He’s projected to be the kind of talent that only comes around once in a while, the type of player that can turn around a team all by himself and he’s the hot topic around hockey circles right now.
He’s currently working with team Canada ahead of their 2015 World Junior tournament, hoping to bring home gold in his likely last tournament and he looks good. A year later, bigger and stronger has the once 16 year-old pimple faced forward, looking like a legit threat on offence. He’s stronger on the puck, quicker in battles and another year closer to the NHL. All of that has shown so far in his World Junior Exhibition play.
Going into his third OHL season with the Erie Otters, all eyes will be on Connor McDavid. There is no question he’s good, but rather who is going to land the next big thing. Today we’re going to take a look at 5 teams with the best chance to land him before the season even starts. Sure things can change throughout the year with bad teams improving and good teams faltering, but right now these are the teams with the best shot at landing McDavid.
*With the NHL perhaps changing their draft rules to prohibit teams from tanking to land McDavid, lot’s can change*