Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Connor McDavid Picks Up Third Pre-Season Point as Oilers Down Wild 3-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Connor McDavid Picks Up Third Pre-Season Point as Oilers Down Wild 3-0

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McDavid dangerous in Oilers' pre-season win

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SASKATOON - He only had one assist, but Connor McDavid gave a glimpse of his potential to be an NHL star for the long haul.

The 18-year-old centre, from Newmarket, Ont., appeared in his second exhibition game of the 2015 NHL pre-season on Saturday at the SaskTel Centre and collected his third point as his Edmonton Oilers down the Minnesota Wild 3-0.

The first overall selection in June's NHL Entry Draft picked up a secondary assist on the Oilers' first goal before 7,541 spectators. He had two helpers in his pre-season debut on Monday in Edmonton, when the Oilers dumped the Calgary Flames 4-2.

On Saturday, McDavid made a number of impressive passing plays for scoring chances, and he created two breakaway opportunities, with one coming in the contest's second period and the other in the third.

"I think I felt better today," said McDavid, who had 44 goals and 76 assists in 47 regular season games with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters last season. "I was a little bit nervous in the first game. I didn't quite have it.

"I felt better today. I was able to generate some good stuff."

McDavid showed off his playmaking ability in the opening 20 minutes. First, while working in tight on the Wild goal, he slipped a nice drop pass to linemate Anton Slepyshev, who stalled for a second before getting a shot on goal.

The pair had a two-on-one a few minutes later, but Slepyshev fanned on a perfectly placed set-up from McDavid.

The Oilers broke through on the scoreboard late in the first thanks to the line of McDavid, Slepyshev and Leon Draisaitl. Holding the puck in the left corner of the Wild zone, Draisaitl, after getting the puck from McDavid, centred a pass to Slepyshev, who put a shot past Wild netminder Darcy Kuemper.

"He (McDavid) looked very dangerous," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. …

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