Status: Eligible for 2015 NHL draft
The buzz is heating up for 16-year-old Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. Not eligible to be drafted for two more years, he's being called a once-in-a-generation talent. From the Toronto Star, Sidney Crosby himself has said that watching McDavid play "reminded me of myself."
McDavid was granted "exceptional status" by Hockey Canada to come into the OHL as a 15-year-old last season—the third of only four players ever to receive such an honor. Three are still in the junior ranks while the fourth, John Tavares, was a Hart Trophy finalist last year for the New York Islanders.
Just one year on, there's speculation that McDavid has already outgrown the league. “There’s nights when this level looks below him now,” said one NHL scout.
McDavid currently sits 11th in OHL scoring with 15 points in 10 games. He has also sparked older linemate Connor Brown, who's right at the top with the league leaders.
If the 6'0", 182 pound center can make this much of a difference at age 16, the sky's the limit for him when he's drafted into the NHL.