SUNRISE, Fla. - Connor McDavid is now officially a No. 1 overall draft pick.
The long-expected move became reality Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed the center who will immediately face the burden of enormous expectation. Not only will he be playing in the place where Wayne Gretzky became a superstar, but he also already draws comparisons to Sidney Crosby and even LeBron James.
McDavid averaged nearly three points per game this past season for his Ontario Hockey League junior team in Erie, Pennsylvania. He registered at least one goal or assist in 27 consecutive games, the longest such stretch in the OHL in nearly a decade.
He becomes the fourth No. 1 pick heading to Edmonton in the last six drafts. None of the other three have experienced the NHL playoffs.