The NHL’s top-scoring winger is a player who scored nearly 60 goals in his last five seasons.
His best years were in 2012-13 and 2013-14, when he scored 81 goals.
And this season, he’s scoring just 39 goals in 53 games.
But the similarities are endless.
Both players were drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and spent the first few years of their careers in North America, with Sabres GM Darcy Regier having been the first NHL executive to trade away a player like the 19-year-old.
They share a similar build, as does their offensive prowess.
Both also played at the World Junior Championship, with the Sabres winning the gold medal in 2016.
Both played in the WHL and AHL.
Both have played at least 100 games in the NHL.
Both were drafted at the top of their draft class.
Both scored at least 80 goals and were selected in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers.
“I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to play in the league for a long time,” Connor McDavid, who will be a free agent next summer, told the New York Daily News last week.
“To be in a situation where you’re the first guy to go through that, to have to prove yourself in a way, to go from being a guy who’s going to be the No. 1 pick to the No . “
1 pick in your draft and to be on the other side of that is pretty special.” “
To be in a situation where you’re the first guy to go through that, to have to prove yourself in a way, to go from being a guy who’s going to be the No. 1 pick to the No .
1 pick in your draft and to be on the other side of that is pretty special.”
That was exactly what happened to McDavid.
His father, former NHLer and current NHLer Jeff McDavid was traded to the Buffalo Bobcats at the end of the 2017-18 season, and Connor spent most of the next two seasons in the AHL before being drafted by Buffalo in 2019.
Connor has scored 23 goals and added 27 assists for 56 points in 78 games for the Sabres this season.
His last two seasons have seen him play for two different teams: in 2018-19 and 2019-20, before he was traded twice in the span of three years to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“For a young player like Connor, that transition is pretty big,” Sabres GM Tim Murray told the Buffalo News in January.
“You’re not just a guy in your first year or two years, so it’s really important for him to have a chance to show that he’s got a lot of talent and he’s getting to a point where he’s playing NHL games.”
As for the other players with whom he has played, both McDavid and McDavid’s dad played in a similar situation when their son went from the University of Wisconsin to the Sabres.
McDavid went undrafted in 2019, and while he spent four seasons in Buffalo, his first full NHL season came in 2017-19, when the Sabres were still in the American Hockey League.
McDaniels father, Joe McDavid Sr., spent three seasons with the Flyers and four seasons with Buffalo before the Sabres dealt him to the Colorado Avalanche in the summer of 2019.
Both McDavid brothers were selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft, and both were sent to junior teams, one of them in North Dakota, the other in South Dakota.
Connor’s father played in three AHL games, while McDavid played in all four seasons of his father’s career.
“Joe was a very, kind and hard-working man,” Connor said.
“He had a great time playing hockey.
I had a lot more fun playing hockey with him.”
McDavid had been on a hot streak in 2017, when Buffalo finished with its best record in league history.
McDonough is now just one game into his fourth NHL season, while Connor McDonagh has a career high in goals and points.
And both players have played in multiple playoff series, with McDavid helping the Sabres win the Stanley Cup in 2018 and McDonogh helping the Penguins win it in 2019 and 2020.
McDevils brother, Connor McEvill, is also an NHLer.
In fact, the Sabres are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the best record among NHL teams, and they are currently tied with Toronto for the most wins in the East.
But McDonighs brother, Ryan McDonohs, is a new addition to the hockey world.
He was drafted with the second overall pick by the Sabres in 2018.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound winger is averaging just under 19 minutes per game this season and has scored five goals in seven games.
Ryan McDevill was selected with his first NHL draft pick in 2018, and was a member of the Buffalo Flyers AHL affiliate