In many cases, Connor McDavid highlights are about sheer physical skill taking over.
He’s just that fast, and it’s a stunning thing to see him blaze by even speedy NHL skaters.
Still, hockey fans get jazzed about the “little things” – remember how nuts people went for Mario Lemieux’s “pass” to Paul Kariya for an Olympic goal? – and McDavid provided a nice bit of subtle creativity on Thursday. Watch his little “kick-pass” to set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins‘ first goal of 2016-17: