Connor McDavid's age was a factor Saturday night.
Usually, it doesn't matter that he is 16 years old, because his talent makes him extraordinary.
Not so against the Czech Republic.
McDavid had an assist, but also took a couple of costly hooking penalties in a 5-4 shootout loss. There were stretches when he did not see the ice.
"I thought at times with Connor his youth showed," coach Brent Sutter said. "It was a tight game and he is an exceptional player, but this is the world junior and it's going to happen with young players. He was not the only one. I thought our youth showed in other areas, too. But we will all be better for it, they will be better players for it."