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Connor McDavid: BPA

I just completed our first ever Oilers Network Hockey Pool. We had sixteen teams enter and it was a snake draft, which meant we picked one through sixteen and then reversed the order picking sixteen through one. I got the eighth selection and Sidney Crosby was still on the board, so I took him (despite some concussion concerns).


When I selected my team, my strategy was always to take the best player available (BPA). The results of which, I didn't wind up with any Edmonton Oilers on my team. This isn't to say that there weren't some attractive Oilers to choose from. Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl all went pretty high; I just didn't have the timing to select any Oilers on my team.

Of course, being from Edmonton, Connor McDavid went first overall. Judging by the first two games of the NHL season, this may have been a wise choice.

BPA on the Oilers


McDavid is leading the Oilers in every major way. As the new captain, he's already shown in two games that he can take over a hockey contest and put the team on his back. In back-to-back games against the Flames, he and his line have carried the play and provided most of the offense. 

Of the 12 goals Edmonton has scored, five are from his line and of the 22 points scored by Oilers this season, his line has 11. This isn't even counting the plays in which McDavid gets an assist on the powerplay or in helping players like Leon Draisaitl who are not primarily designated for his line, but get power play time next to McDavid.



BPA in the NHL

Currently, McDavid leads the NHL in points. Six points in two games and he doesn't look like he's slowing down. With 12 goals in two games, the Oilers are on top of a few categories in the NHL. McDavid, Draisaitl and Eberle crack the top-eight in scoring. These three also are top-seven in goals. McDavid and Oilers' defenseman Kris Russell are top-ten in plus-minus and Cam Talbot is second in wins among goalies.

It's still early and a lot can happen on Saturday in a jam-packed evening of hockey, but it's not a sight most fans have seen from the Oilers in October in a long time.

Stats courtesy of NHL.com

Continued Success?


The Oilers have the Sabres and Hurricanes up next and neither team has registered a win. Both games are at home for the Oilers and while Edmonton can't take either of these teams for granted, the real test comes against St. Louis on Thursday Oct. 20th.

Win or lose, the way McDavid has played in two games this season, it appears as though he's going to have a sophomore season for the ages. Until otherwise unseated, he's clearly the best player available in hockey.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.





Jim Parsons is a business owner, husband, father and sports fan. For more information about Oilersnetwork.com founder and Oil Spill articles author Jim Parsons, click here.




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