Barring something completely unexpected in the fall, Connor McDavid’s junior hockey career is over.
It very likely ended for good on Friday, when the Erie Otters lost Game 5 of the Ontario Hockey League championship by a final score of 6-2 to the Oshawa Generals.
McDavid, expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NHL Draft, was held off the score sheet in the loss, despite numerous chances. There won’t be a return to Erie for a sixth game in this series, which McDavid believed there would be.
He finished the post-season with 49 points in 20 games, and was named the OHL playoff MVP.
Twice in the final series against Oshawa, McDavid was held without a point, and finished two points shy of the OHL playoff record, held by Justin Papineau and Jason Dawe.
So, what’s next for McDavid in the coming days and weeks?
The NHL’s scouting combine begins June 1 in Buffalo, and the first round of the draft goes June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. The Edmonton Oilers, after winning the draft lottery, have the first selection this year.
“It’s going to be an exciting couple of months here,” McDavid told Rob Faulds during the Sportsnet broadcast following the loss.
“I’m really looking forward to it. Once draft day happens, that’s when the really hard work starts. It’s going to be up to me to figure out what I’m going to do with it.”