‘I can’t be bothered’ to wear white, says Oilers winger Connor McDavid
The Edmonton Oilers have won the Stanley Cup and Connor McDaniel is ready to celebrate the moment with the team.
On Thursday night, McDavid and the Oilers will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first of two meetings in the series that began last March.
“I’m very excited,” McDavid said following the game.
“We have a lot of work to do.
The goal is to be in the playoffs.
That’s what we want to do, but we have a great group of guys who are hungry for the Stanley cup.”
McDavid, 22, was named the NHL’s rookie of the year earlier this season and is a member of the best rookie class in NHL history.
His father, Nick, was a player in the NHL from 1967 to 1983, winning three Stanley Cups.
He is currently a coach at the University of Alberta.
The Oilers also acquired McDavid’s former teammate, former Edmonton captain Nathan MacKinnon, in a trade with the Minnesota Wild.
McDavid and McKinnon have already started their respective rookie seasons and McDaniel believes they can help lead the Oilers to the playoffs in his first full NHL season.
“You know how you get into the playoffs?
You win,” McDaniel said.
“And that’s what the goal is.
The guys know that.
The other thing is that we need to get back in the playoff race and that’s why we traded for them.
It’s just a really nice fit.”
McDaniel said he and his teammates are going to focus on the game and on their teammates for now, but he knows the Oilers’ season is in jeopardy if the Ducks win in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“It’s really important for us to be consistent,” McAdesaid.
“Because the way we play is the way that we play and if we lose, it’s just really hard to get into that playoffs.
If we win, we’re in the race and then if we don’t win, it kind of sucks to have that mindset.
It sucks to go through it again and again.”
The Oilers have lost seven straight games and are one game back of the Anaheim Ducks for the third wild card in the Western Conference.
The Ducks and Edmonton play on Thursday night at Rogers Arena.