It’s official: Connor McDavid is now a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
Less than a week after being selected with the first pick of the 2015 draft, McDavid signed a three-year entry level contract with the Oilers on Friday.
No surprise that he gets the maximum allowable deal: $925,000 per season (which includes a $92,500 signing bonus) with up to $2.85 million available in performance bonuses.
He becomes the second member of the 2015 draft class to sign his ELC, following Buffalo’s Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently in Edmonton taking part in the Oilers’ development camp.
While it’s always a good idea to temper expectations when it comes to 18-year-old draft picks, it’s hard not to get caught up in what McDavid’s arrival might mean to the team. He’s coming off one of the most dominant seasons in OHL history, during which he posted 44 goals and 120 points in just 47 games. He followed that up with a league-leading 49 points in just 20 playoff games, two shy of the OHL record.
While it remains to be seen how he’ll help the Oilers on the ice, he’s already had an impact off it. Mark Letestu and Andrej Sekera, the team’s two significant free agent acquisitions, both acknowledged that having McDavid on board made Edmonton a more compelling destination when they were considering their options.