Why Connor McDavid Must Hit 100 Factors
Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports activities.Do it, Connor – do it.With six video games left on the schedule, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers have already clinched a playoff spot and primarily based on the standings within the North, they are going to virtually assuredly end second to Toronto, giving the Oilers residence ice within the first spherical and a positive match-up in opposition to both Winnipeg or Montreal.Edmonton’s subsequent three video games are in opposition to Vancouver, a staff in utter disarray with nothing to play for. Then the Oilers get two in opposition to the porous Habs, adopted by one remaining match in opposition to the Canucks. McDavid is 9 factors away from 100 in a shortened 56-game season and primarily based on the very fact he simply hung 4 factors on the Canucks Monday night time, hitting that century mark feels much less like a problem and extra of a foregone conclusion for the world’s most gifted hockey participant.Now Edmonton might simply sit McDavid for a pair video games down the stretch – no sense opening up your captain and finest participant to harm with the playoffs about to start out, in any case – however I believe McDavid ought to go for 100.Truly, I will be extra forceful right here: McDavid must go for 100.Hockey has all the time been a humble sport, with even the best gamers within the sport deflecting reward in direction of their staff, shunning the person highlight as a lot as attainable. That is all effective and dandy, however it most likely drives NHL advertising people up the wall and it does not assist develop the game in a popular culture sense.However I really feel there is a extra sensible, psychological cause for McDavid to get to 100 factors as rapidly as attainable within the coming week-and-a-half: it could serve discover that his killer intuition is right here.Like lots of his elite forebearers, McDavid often lets his play on the ice do the speaking (although he has spoken a bit extra passionately this season, significantly on the Colby Cave anniversary) and that is effective. But when he rings up multi-point video games in an effort to get to 100 factors, it sends a message that he won’t be glad with ‘adequate.’ This can be a younger man who desires to win a Stanley Cup and I imagine he might put lots of Concern into the remainder of the league if goes full-on Dr. Manhattan now.Once more, let’s take it again to psychology: Proper now, there’s a fundamental technique to stopping McDavid, or no less than minimizing his influence; keep in entrance of him, do not let him burn you together with his velocity. Toronto did this throughout a three-game mini-series early this 12 months and even going again to junior, the Oshawa Generals did it after they upset McDavid’s Erie Otters within the playoffs throughout his draft 12 months.So it has been completed, however it’s on no account straightforward. And within the playoffs, it’s important to do it 4 occasions earlier than he torches you 4 occasions. Now how a lot tougher does it get to imagine you’ll be able to gradual McDavid down if he hangs 4 factors on you within the opening sport of a sequence? If McDavid lances the Canucks for 9 factors within the subsequent three video games, basically simply because he can, then what hope does your staff have while you’re standing between him and the Cup?McDavid is in his prime proper now. He has gone nuclear and although he will be top-of-the-line gamers within the league for no less than one other decade (and sure longer), his apex could also be now and subsequent 12 months. Goaltenders spook shooters on a regular basis, significantly within the post-season, so why cannot McDavid have the identical influence on the opposition?There have been video games this 12 months the place it seemed like McDavid would possibly break Darryl Sitter’s document of 10 factors in a single sport, however his shifts dramatically decreased within the second half of such video games, which the Oilers have been means forward in. It was really good that coach Dave Tippett did not need to embarrass Edmonton’s opponents on these nights. However nobody will get embarrassed if McDavid hits 100 factors over the course of a 56-game season. They may be terrified at what they only witnessed – however that is factor if you happen to’re an Oilers fan.