Congratulations to Team Canada for bringing home their first gold medal since 2008. Team USA’s streak of four straight gold was finally broken. Canada put out a well coached dominant squad that didn’t lose a game. They oozed skill and possessed a rare maturity for a squad so young. The goaltending was great as was the defense and forward corps. What else can be said about Connor McDavid, besides exceptional? He won tournament MVP and now holds the Canadian record for goals and points in the U-18 tourney and he is only 16. Canadian hockey fans don’t have to worry, Canada is still producing elite talent with McDavid at the head of the line.
Sean Day became the fourth player and just the second defenseman to be granted “exceptional” status to enter the OHL a year early. However, unlike Tavares, Ekblad and McDavid, Day did not go first overall but rather fourth to the Mississauga Steelheads. That becomes a sticking point for me in seeing kids given exceptional status. I think for a kid to be granted that status, should they not be considered the best and be almost a lock for the first pick? For comparisons’ sake, when you compare the two defenseman in Ekblad and Day, Ekblad’s resume stands out. He was over a point per game playing a year up in midget. Day was .5 points per game playing a year up as well. Stats don’t tell the whole story but that is a significant difference. Mississauga could end up with the steal of the draft in picking Sean Day but all we can do and wait to see how Day’s OHL career unfolds.