Oilers select McDavid with first overall pick in NHL Draft

McDavid was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player for the 2014-15 season. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Connor McDavid was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

McDavid should contribute immediately this season, as he is widely considered the best prospect to enter the league since Sidney Crosby in 2005 thanks to his prototypical size, skillset and breathtaking speed.

The 18-year-old center is also considered a tireless worker and said that, despite all of the attention on him, he simply wants to get started.

“It has been a whirlwind couple of months, but being busy has helped the days go by,” McDavid said. “As long as I can remember, playing in the NHL is all I wanted to do. I have worked hard my whole life to get to this point. This is when the hard work really starts.”

McDavid, who is expected to be a prolific goal scorer, likely will have a top-six role with Edmonton out of training camp.