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Connor Mcdavid Character Analysis

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It's been said that Connor McDavid was the second coming of Sidney Crosby - and then it was said that Auston Matthews was the second coming of McDavid. So it has been every year with the first overall pick, and so it goes.

We are incredibly lucky to get to watch the world's best players take the ice at once, but when you get into comparisons like that, it's hard to appreciate them for what they are. Brilliant playmaking, a high hockey IQ, leadership skills, and an uncanny natural talent with the puck characterize all of these forwards, and then some. On the other hand, every player's path to the NHL and the trials and tribulations they face once there, shape their careers and playing styles uniquely.

I'll admit it now; I'm a Pittsburgh Penguins
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It's like Deja vu: years of underperforming leads to a phenomenal first-overall pick, who is quickly named captain and begins an upward trajectory for his team. No one needs to tell us how great it feels to watch that unfold, either.

(I'm done bragging, I promise.)

McDavid, unsurprisingly, has been a huge factor on the score sheet as well. He has 19 points in 16 games played this season, and is a +5. When the Oilers took the ice in Pittsburgh, McDavid assisted on all three of their goals. The Penguins ended up winning 4-3 in a contentious, evenly matched game.

The Leafs' visit to Pittsburgh was far less leveled, in that the Penguins took a decisive 4-1 victory after putting 49 shots on goal. Crosby picked up a goal and an assist in that time, while Zach Hyman, of all people, was the only one to score for the Leafs. Does that mean Matthews is in a slump?

Spoiler alert: Not at all. He's played fifteen games and it was physically impossible for anyone to keep up the torrid scoring pace he started out with. He's nineteen. He also has a weaker supporting cast than both McDavid and Crosby do.

Plus, he's still got 12 points - six goals and six assists - and is tied for the Leafs' point lead with Mitch Marner and William Nylander, both of whom are also having ridiculous rookie seasons so
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