We know where the NHL’s lottery teams stand on Connor McDavid — they would like to draft him, please — but what does McDavid think of them?
Well, the day before the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, Toronto Sun columnist Mike Zeisberger was in Erie, Pennsylvania, to find out.
“This is getting down to crunch time. It’s an exciting time,” McDavid told Zeisberger for a fun piece in which the sure-shot No. 1 pick breaks down the five teams most likely to win Saturday’s lottery.
“It’s been nice that I’ve been able to not to think about it too much. I took the stance that it’ll happen when it happens. There really wasn’t too much you could do to make it come any faster.”
McDavid offered comment to the newspaper on the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.
Via The Sun:
McDavid on the Oilers: “That’s a great hockey town. They love their hockey. Obviously they’ve been on a bit of a slide the last couple of years. That’s allowed them to get some unbelievably amazing players that play there now. They’re just kind of a young team now, I guess. I’m not quite sure what’s going on (moving forward). That would be an awesome place as well.”
McDavid on the Maple Leafs: “As I’ve told you before, playing for the Leafs would be a dream come true. I can’t help it — I’ve cheered for them since I was a kid. I still remember going to my first game. I predicted in the car they would win 4-1. And they ended up beating the Rangers 4-1! I’ll never forget that.”
Read McDavid’s full take on the five teams with the best lottery odds here.