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NHL: Connor McDavid in profile

Connor McDavid is arguably the greatest player in the world and already at 25 years-old considered one of the best of all-time.

Although yet to win a Stanley Cup, he has multiple individual awards to his name, continues to tear up scoring records and appears to be getting even better. 

Generational talent

The Edmonton Oilers were the very lucky winners of the NHL draft lottery in 2015, selecting the Canadian first overall without a second thought. 

Since then, he has become the face of not only the Oilers, but the league as well scoring a sensational 721 points (251 goals, 470 assists) in 498 regular season games. 

Named captain in his second season with the Edmonton, centreman McDavid has won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top point producer four times (2017, '18, '21, '22) and the Hart Memorial as the league's most valuable player twice in 2017 and '21. 

His latter awarding of the trophy was by unanimous vote, with McDavid getting all 100 first-place votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The only other unanimous winner was 'The Great One' Wayne Gretzky in 1981/'82. 

McDavid has also won the Ted Lindsay trophy on three occasions (2017, '18, '21), awarded annually to the league's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players' Association. 

He has been named an NHL All-Star for each of the past six seasons and is the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to reach 600 points. 

Playoff performer

McDavid hasn't just been stunning in the regular season but has also proven to be a perennial playoff performer. 

In 37 post-season appearances, the Richmond, Ontario native has scored 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) and last season helped the Oilers reach the Western Conference Final with 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 16 games. 

While Edmonton were swept by the eventual champions Colorado Avalanche, no player was able to match McDavid's points total. 

The Oilers' run was their deepest since they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Final. 

After that 2006 seven game defeat, Edmonton failed to make the playoffs for ten straight seasons. Then they drafted McDavid and he turned the fortunes of the franchise almost overnight. 

McDavid entered the NHL in 2015/'16 and since the Oilers have been in the post-season four times in seven seasons. 

Along with Leon Draisaitl, he has made it his mission to bring the cup to Edmonton for the first time since 2006 and each year the franchise appears to be learning lessons and getting closer and closer. 

At +1500 to be crowned champions this season, the Oilers currently sit fourth in the Pacific Division with a strong 7-6-0 record. 

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Rise to fame

When drafted McDavid was labelled the best prospect since Sidney Crosby, who has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

He has been in heavy spotlight since 2012, when Hockey Canada granted him exceptional-player status to enter the Ontario Hockey League draft as a 15-year-old, one year earlier than usual. 

With the Erie Otters, McDavid won multiple awards including the OHL Rookie of the Year and in his final year he led the league in playoff scoring with 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists) in 20 games, which was the most points in a post-season campaign since Justin Papineau's record of 51 in 1999. 

International record

McDavid has represented Team Canada at all junior levels including at the under-20 IIHF World Junior Championship in 2014 when he was just 16 years-old. He is just one of six players to do that and the first since Crosby in 2004. 

In 20 World Championship appearances for the senior national team, McDavid has 26 points (six goals, 20 points) and will continue to play a pivotal role for his country for many years to come. 

The future

It's difficult to fathom how McDavid could get better, but in the off-season, he was challenged by teammate Draisaitl to concentrate less on play-making and shoot more, and he has done that scoring 13 goals in just 13 games. 

If McDavid continues that pace, he will smash his previous goal-scoring record of 44 goals, and with 14 assists already too, likely his best points tally which was set last season (123). 

That won't mean much to him if the Oilers don't go on a deep run in the playoffs again and eventually win it with him as captain. 

Because for the ultra-competitive McDavid, frustration at not being able to win more in the post-season has been about the only cloud on his already storied career and he wouldn't be able to hang up his skates satisfied without at least one ring on his finger. 

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