Connor McDavid Gives Oilers Two Years To Build A Winner

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October 6, 2019

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Connor McDavid signed his eight-year, $100M contract back in July of 2017. The 22-year-old continues to do his part, having scored 224 points over the past two seasons and winning the Art Ross and Ted Lindsay awards in 2018. However, the team hasn’t built much of a winning program around him.

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t reached the playoffs in those two years and the team still seems to have a questionable list of wingers to help McDavid and fellow star Leon Draisaitl.

Appearing on Sportsnet 590 radio on Friday, Elliotte Friedman said that he believes that new general manager Ken Holland will get two years to prove to McDavid that the team is heading in the right direction. However, he also believes that McDavid is getting impatient with the organization.

“I think the answer is no, he’s not patient,” Friedman  said. “But he’s also willing to be convinced. I think they’ve got two  years to show him they’re going in the right direction. This year and  next year.”

The team has 2018 first-round pick Evan Bouchard in the AHL, but he could come up at any time and become a regular. It has prospects Dmitri Samorukov and Philip Broberg, who may only be a year away. The Oilers also have a number of young forwards, including Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan McLeod and Tyler Benson, who could contribute in the near future as well.

Edmonton has to hope that McDavid is patient enough to wait around while they rebuild the team and try and get it to a point where it is challenging for a Stanley Cup on a regular basis. If not, he could eventually demand a trade.

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