Erie Otters coach Robbie Ftorek often doesn’t rave about a player with only five games of OHL experience. But he’s already gushing about No. 1 pick Connor McDavid. Ftorek compares him to current NHL players Brad Boyes and Ryan O’Reilly, two of the most revered players in Otters’ history.
Here’s what Ftorek said earlier today (without me asking specifically about McDavid):
“The fans really need to come out and watch Connor McDavid play, watch his abilities. I think people in Ottawa and the people in Kingston that didn’t come out (this past weekend), it’s too bad for them because that’s the only time they’re going to get a chance to see that kid play this year.
He really is a very talented young man. It doesn’t matter if he scores or produces points or anything. But you just sit back and watch him for the game, and watch what he does, and watch his speed and his creativity, and watch the discipline that he plays with, I think you’ll understand why Sherry (Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager) is so excited about having him here. We’re excited about having him here. He does play on a different level from everybody else. That doesn’t happen a lot. You don’t get to see that a lot.
We’ve had a few guys here, (Boyes) and (O’Reilly) and some of the other guys. But this guy is a little different than even those two guys. You don’t get that too often. He’s something to see.”
– Victor Fernandes