Year makes huge difference for Connor McDavid

Erie Otter Connor McDavid during first period against the London Knights at Budweiser Gardens on...

Erie Otter Connor McDavid during first period against the London Knights at Budweiser Gardens on October 19, 2012. (DEREK RUTTAN/The London Free Press/QMI AGENCY)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

BROSSARD, Que. -- Connor McDavid spent most of Wednesday night with Russians draped over his back.

Unlike a year ago at the Canadian team’s world junior summer camp — when the physical play overwhelmed McDavid at times — the 17-year-old phenom met power with power.

The favourite to be selected first overall in the 2015 National Hockey League draft, McDavid was an offensive wizard in a 5-2 Canada victory in a world junior exhibition game, creating scoring chances on seemingly every shift.

That’s nothing new for the Erie Otters star. What is revealing is how he was getting it done. A prime example came in the second period, when he stayed on the puck and manufactured a play that led to a goal by Nick Ritchie.

“The assist was a play I could not have done last year,” McDavid said. “I was able to chip it by (the Russian defenceman), beat him and out-muscle him in the corner and bring it around.


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