It’s a ‘big step’ from junior to NHL, but Gretzky believes McDavid can handle it


The anticipation for Connor McDavid’s first training camp with the Edmonton Oilers continues to grow, with The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, weighing in on the potential Next One and his upcoming transition from junior hockey to the NHL.

Big things are expected of McDavid, taken first overall in last month’s NHL Draft much to the surprise of no one after he completely dominated the Ontario Hockey League, especially this past season despite a broken hand suffered in a fight.

“Going right from junior to the NHL? That’s a big step for Connor. But he’s the one guy who can handle it,” Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal.

“He’ll be fine. With his speed and his shot and his creativity and his hockey knowledge, that’s as good as anybody.”

This isn’t the first time Gretzky has raved about McDavid.

Of course, this latest chapter comes shortly after McDavid lit up a recent Oilers scrimmage at prospect orientation camp, scoring five goals — and making it look easy, too.