The Edmonton Oilers have gotten an abbreviated season from rookie and former first overall pick Connor McDavid, but they’ve gotten impressive production in the games they have managed to see him play.
The 19 year old Newmarket, Ontario native boasts 45 points in 43 games with Edmonton, which puts him third in scoring despite holding 37 games in hand on his teammates – and as a result, it’s unsurprising to see him named as the first official roster member of Team Canada for the 2016 World Championships in Russia this spring.
McDavid isn’t the first World Championship player named all around, as Team USA confirmed earlier in March that 2016 projected first overall pick Auston Matthews will appear on their own roster at the Worlds as well. Still, it didn’t take long for Canada to confirm what many suspected in the first place – that the nation’s most impressive young forward will skate out in hopes of defending their gold medal run from last spring.
With the confirmation earlier this week that Bill Peters (head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes and 2008 U18 Ivan Hlinka head coach) will stand behind the bench for Team Canada, expect the national team to start naming more of their roster in the coming weeks – especially once the first round of the playoffs are under way and Team Canada has a better idea of who they can and cannot use for their IIHF competition.