Connor McDavid named NHL’s First Star for October

The National Hockey League announced Tuesday that Connor McDavid is the First Star for the month of October. Montreal defenseman Shea Weber and Florida forward Jonathan Marchessault make up the rest of the NHL’s Three Stars for October.

Prior to the start of the 2016 NHL season, my Edmonton Oilers made Connor McDavid the youngest captain in NHL history.

McDavid has certainly proved he is the game-changing leader everybody thought he would be. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are well aware that I am an everyday, lifelong Edmonton Oilers fan. It is hard for me to even express the pride and joy I get from watching McDavid on a nightly basis.

The 19-year-old phenom has collected 12 points (5G, 7A) in nine games, powering the Oilers to a 7-2 start, a record I have not witnessed in my 28 years of existence.

McDavid has only 54 NHL contests under his belt, collecting 60 points in the process. His 1.1 points-per-game average is currently fifth  among active players behind only Sidney Crosby (1.33), Evgeni Malkin (1.18), Alex Ovechkin (1.15) and Jaromir Jagr (1.14). That is elite company.

I have to be honest, I’m nervous even writing about my team’s early success. There have been so many years of failure, so I’m afraid to jinx it. But just looking at the first nine games of the season, this team has been so impressive and has exceeded expectations. All of the recent changes the franchise has undergone, including bringing in new management and coaching personnel, finally being able to ice a capable defense and adding a franchise star with the leadership of a generational player, seem to be paying off, and it is hard to process it all.

Of course, as I have learned many times over the years, you never know what is going to happen next. But no matter what, things are looking up in Edmonton!

Weber was named the Second Star for October after leading all defensemen in points with ten (4G, 6A) through nine games. The Canadiens have gotten off to an 8-0-1 start, and Weber has played a huge role in that effort.

Marchessault, NHL’s Third Star for the month of October, scored six goals and 11 points in nine games. He is playing on Florida’s top line with the long-term injury to Jonathan Huberdeau. Marchessault is tied for third overall in the NHL in points.

Coming off his First Star honors, McDavid will be going head-to-head with 2016 first-overall pick Auston Matthews tonight in Toronto. On a night that features 12 NHL contests, this match-up of the last two first overall picks will certainly be the most popular. It is “must-see” TV. Enjoy the show!

 
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