Connor McDavid sounds off on playing in Toronto

The Ontario native is having a monster season for Edmonton.



Edmonton Oilers superstar captain Connor McDavid is a human cheat code, having already scored 54 goals in 66 games played this season while also amassing a total of 124 points. In a word, incredible. 

He also happens to hail from Richmond Hill, an Ontario suburb of Toronto. It will be a homecoming of sorts for McDavid when he and the rest of his teammates take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at Scotiabank Arena. 

“It’s always special, a little bit; it’s Saturday night,” McDavid told Oilers TV on Friday. “They always have us playing here on a Monday or a Wednesday or something like that, so it’s fun that it’s on a Saturday." 

But does McDavid plan on having a ton of family and friends in the stands? Doesn't sound like it - in fact, it sounds as though he's just simply going to be having a quiet trip in and out of Toronto. 

“I don’t have a ton going on (in Toronto), most of my family has moved away and I have buddies that are out and abroad. There is not a ton going on for me, my brother is away as well, so not a lot of people are circling it on their calendar. I’m just having dinner with my mom and that’s about it. It shouldn’t be bad at all.”

Despite having been kept off the scoresheet for only the 7th time this season, the Oilers captain and the rest of his teammates were able to hand the Boston Bruins an extremely rare loss at TD Garden last night. And according to McDavid, when he and his teammates play their game, they can take on anyone in the NHL. 

“When we play the right way and do the right things, we can play with anybody,” McDavid said. “That’s a really good team (Bruins) in a tough building, under some tough circumstances. Going down 2-0 after one is not ideal; it’s not a recipe to win against anyone, let alone a team like that.

“We stuck with it, it was a great team win. It’s big to show to each other and ourselves when we play the right way and do the right things, we’re dialled into our details, we can play with anyone.”

While McDavid is having yet another incredible season, his focus remains not on padding his own personal stat line, but adding two points into the win column for the Oilers.