Through his first two games as captain of Team North America, 2015 first overall pick Connor McDavid still hasn’t recorded a point.
He’s not worried about that, though.
“Why would I be worried?” he said, per Mark Spector of Sportsnet. “We’re two games into this.”
McDavid finished North America’s decisive 7-4 victory over Team Europe on Sunday with no points and a -1 rating, winning an even 50% of his faceoff draws (lower than teammates Mark Scheifele, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, and Jack Eichel) and taking just one shot on goal.
He’s right, though – in a pretournament game, that’s hardly an issue.
Team North America, made up entirely of players aged 23 and under from Canada and the United States, scored their seven goals on a collective 33 recorded shots on goal – and Team Europe blocked another 22 attempts. If anything, it’s good news that the young roster doesn’t have to exclusively rely on their captain to carry them in scoring.
It may also be a mirror of last season, when McDavid started off his 2015-16 campaign with the Edmonton Oilers rather slowly before coming back to finish the year at over a point-per-game pace. Once he’s gotten a feel for his teammates, the 19-year-old talent may finally unleash the skill and speed he’s so known for – and adding that to an already strong young roster could be what makes them the dark horse of the World Cup.
North America will next play on Wednesday, September 14th, when they face the Czech Republic.