Player of the Week | Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid put up a career-first and a string of dazzling moves to lead the league with five goals and eight points for the Edmonton Oilers to earn NHLPA.com Player of the Week.

Connor McDavid

Feb. 5-11, 2018
5-3—8 over 4 GP
3rd NHL career hat trick
1st NHL career four-goal game

Connor McDavid put up a career-first and a string of dazzling moves to lead the league with five goals and eight points for the Edmonton Oilers to earn NHLPA.com Player of the Week.

With the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning in town visiting Rogers Place Monday, Connor McDavid put on a show for the home crowd by scoring four goals – for the first time in his NHL career – as part of a five-point night that included his third hat trick in the big leagues.

The biggest testament to McDavid’s dominance Monday came from Oilers teammate Leon Draisaitl, who despite bearing witness to this kind of on-ice prowess regularly, is still in complete awe of his captain’s skill level.

"It seems like he's from another planet," Draisaitl told reporters postgame. "Like, it's not fair, really. It's not just a given talent. He works hard … and that's what makes him so good."

McDavid himself downplayed his first-star-of-the-game performance after leading all forwards with 20:13 of ice time and dishing out nine shots.

"I just felt good," McDavid, confessed. "I had a good nap [in the afternoon]."



Edmonton hit the road for a three-game road trip starting at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday, where No. 97 was looking well-rested once again.

McDavid was named the game’s second star for factoring in on the pair of goals scored by the Oilers in a 5-2 loss for the team.  After assisting on Draisaitl's goal in the second period, the 21-year-old finished the night scoring his seventh goal in his last three outings while skating in a team-high 23:39 of ice time.

After the Kings social media team made waves with this tweet from earlier in the day –


 – the 2016-17 Ted Lindsay Award recipient scored what was the game-tying goal at the time in the middle frame, beating one of the best blueliners in the league in Drew Doughty before getting the better of Darcy Kuemper five-hole.

McDavid went on to extend his point streak to 11 over five games with the Oilers visiting Honda Center Friday when he picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss for the club.

The week ended for Edmonton on the losing side of a 6-4 hard fought back-and-forth game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center Saturday night.  McDavid was held off the board as he registered two shots on net while leading team forwards in ice time with 21:21.

McDavid has continued to factor on the scoresheet this season despite his team’s place in the standings, and his 2017-18 season point total (22-42–64) places him tied for fourth overall in the category – five points behind Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning.

Earlier this season, the Richmond Hill, Ontario-born centre was voted to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game as well as named captain of the Pacific Division, which skated away as tournament winners with $1M in team prize money. He also took home the fastest skater title with a time of 13.454 to win the competition for the second consecutive year. Over the weekend’s festivities, McDavid was presented a Tony Harris painting and limited edition (No. 97, of course) Breitling watch to commemorate his first career Ted Lindsay Award by the NHLPA.
 

The Oilers look to pick up their next win as they head home to host the Florida Panthers Monday night.


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