Connor McDavid, The Best in The National Hockey League?
Although there’s still a little more than a month before the National Hockey League season starts, already there’s a debate over who is the best up and coming young hockey player. In the latest Hockey News edition, a writer compares last year’s Edmonton Oiler phenom rookie, Connor McDavid, to the Philadelphia Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere. The writer mentions that the Flyer rookie led McDavid in votes for the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. The writer also uses team statistics which show the Flyers were 34-19-11 with Gostisbehere in the lineup and 7-8-3 without him.
At the same time, the Edmonton Oilers team stats were 18-24-3 with Conner McDavid and 13-19-5 without him. However, that’s team stats, but when you compare individual players’ talents, their personal statistics should be used. When you do that, there is no contest.
McDavid only played 45 games for the Oilers, before a shoulder injury knocked him out for most of the season. During those 45 games, he had 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points. Which is the most for a rookie. On the other hand, Gostisbehere played 64 games. He tallied 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points. That’s two less than McDavid, so the stats show the true story about who’s the better player.