2015 NHL Mock Draft: Oilers Select McDavid


The Fansided Network will be having a month long mock draft with each team blog selecting their team’s player. The first one up is Oil on Whyte, bringing the Edmonton Oilers selection of Connor McDavid.

Connor McDavid 

Jr Team: Erie Otters

2014-2015 Stats: 120 points, third most in the OHL

Accolades: 2015 OHL most outstanding player. Brought his Otters to the OHL finals where they lost to the Oshawa Generals. 2012-2013 OHL Rookie of the Year. 2015 OHL MVP. Multiple time OHL all star.


McDavid is far and away one of the top hockey prospects of this generation. He’s been praised by the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr.

Gretzky, obviously an icon in Edmonton, says McDavid is the best player he has seen in the past 30 years.

McDavid is ranked the top prospect for the NHL draft and in hockey overall by nearly every scouting agency. He was proclaimed the top pick for this year long before the Oilers claimed their draft position.

In his career in the OHL overAll, McDavid put up 285 points in 166 games played. He was the captain of the Otters this season.

But what separates McDavid from other elite hockey prospects over the years?

Like all elite prospects, his skating is at a different level. Hockey’s Future has this to say about McDavid’s skill set.

"McDavid is considered to be one of the best players available for the NHL Draft since Sidney Crosby was chosen first overall back in 2005. His skating, shot and hockey IQ are all at an advanced level, and he has the ability to make other players around him better. Although more noted for his offensive skills, McDavid can be used in any situation. He is certainly the most NHL-ready prospect from the 2015 class."

How He Fits

Obviously, the Oilers have had their fair crack at top picks. Some have worked out. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ate established NHL players. Yet, this time has still not been able to put things together.

Is McDavid that piece, or just another guy? One example of how he might be special is the fight he got into mid way through junior season. Oil on Whyte points this out as well.

"Obviously having your star player fight is something you don’t want, but his willingness to stand up for himself during a heated moment like that just shows how much of a gamer McDavid really is."

McDavid will be selected first overall by the Oilers, and its the easy, obvious choice.