Our Video of Day features Connor McDavid welcoming himself back in epic fashion. As former Sharks color analyst Drew Remenda put it on Sports Net, “Wow! Wow!” He didn’t have anything to add. What else could he say?
In his first game since Nov. 3, he scored a highlight reel goal splitting the Columbus defense before completely undressing Joonas Korpisalo for a wonderful forehand deke and tuck finish that brought Rexall Place to its feet. The 2015 number one overall pick scored his sixth goal and added two assists in the Oilers’ 5-1 home win over the Blue Jackets. That gives him six goals and nine helpers totaling 15 points in just his 14th game. So, can he make a run at Artemi Panarin for the Calder?
It’ll be tough. Panarin plays on the best line with leading scorer Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov. The electrifying Russian notched his rookie-leading 18th in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Avalanche. He leads all first-year players with 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 54 contests. Sabres’ 2015 second overall pick Jack Eichel is second in rookie scoring with 34 points (16-18-34) followed by the Wings’ Dylan Larkin (15-18-33) and Yotes’ Max Domi (13-20-33). The rookie race also includes goalies Connor Hellebuyck (Jets), John Gibson (Ducks) and Louis Domingue (Yotes). Plus defensemen Shayne Gostisbere (Flyers) and Colton Parayko (Blues). It’s a deep and talented class.