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Connor McDavid selected first overall in NHL Draft by Edmonton Oilers

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2015, file

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2015, file photo, Canada's Connor McDavid celebrates his goal against Denmark during second-period quarterfinal action at the world junior hockey championships in Toronto. For McDavid, this is only the beginning. There's no mystery, no drama about what will happen when the Edmonton Oilers choose first in Friday night's NHL draft. It's going to be McDavid's moment. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT Credit: AP

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.

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