We’re Not Worthy!

Now, I know what you’re thinking; “JEANSHORTS YOU MORON OF COURSE WE’RE WORTHY OF MCDAVID! WE TRUDGED THROUGH CLOSE TO A DECADE OF SEWAGE BRAND HOCKEY® AND NOW WE FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!” And I agree!

What we mean here is that we’re not worthy of the insanity of we’re about to witness for the next decade. We’re not worthy to be in the presence of a young man who seems to transcend this earthly plane of existence. We’re not worthy of having our brains exploded when McDavid dekes through the entire Calgary Flames roster and hangs Dougie Hamilton’s jock strap on his mantle as a trophy.  We are but humble citizens of The Nation, and McDavid is our new god. WE BOW DOWN TO YOU MCSAVIOUR! 

And we’d also like to ask for a little help here Nation; blast this video all over Twitter whenever McDavid scores a goal. Repost this one zillion times on Instagram when McDavid scores hat trick after hat trick. Add this to your LinkedIn so future employers have NO CHOICE but to hire you on the spot

Now go forth Nation, and spread the gospel of McDavid! 

  • Thank the heavens above that our 11.3 % chance turned into a miraculous transformation of the Oilers. Connor McDavid and his blade wearing Apostles will spread the truth about fast, skillful hockey!

    May our Stanley Cup overflow with many happy returns to Jasper Avenue.

  • I woke up this morning on my 32nd as my gf handed me my gift. Inside.. A brand new vintage orange McDavid jersey! I held the jersey up in the sunlight and reflected on the last several months. I still can’t believe we got this guy!

    #SQUUUUUUUEEEEEEE

  • Cowbell_Feva

    I have been thinking this for a long time…and yes, it is somewhat nit-picking, but get ready to trash;

    I don’t think McDavid will be much of a goalscorer. At least early in his career. He will get his fair share of points because of his rediculous speed and vision.

    However, have you ever noticed how he almost never shoots the puck to score?? Most of his goals are just driving junior defenseman wide and sliding the puck past a goalie along the ice. That will not fly in the NHL. The defenseman will be pushing him wide of the net, and IF he gets past them, the huge butterfly tenders will have the bottom half shutdown.

    The players in the NHL that are scorers (ie, Stamkos, Ovie, and my 2010 #1 overrall pick Tyler Seguin) are shooters. Almost never can a player pull 5 dekes on a goalie and slide in along the ice in an NHL game.

    I think he’s smart enough to learn that he will have to shoot the puck more in the NHL, but that will take time. Just my opinion, but besides listening to all the hoopla, what have you seen that would make you think differently?? He wasn’t close to being the best forward on Team Canada at the World Juniors… Petan, Reinhart and Domi all looked better to my eye. He is a talent, no doubt, but I think many people have drank too much McHype juice and will be slightly disappointed come regular season.

    PS- a 5 goal game in a 4 on 4 and 3 on 3 scrimmage did not help with the Hype-factory. That was not real hockey folks. The Nuge will show him the way!!

    • Randaman

      You don’t think he will figure this out in about one period?

      I think you highly underestimate the skill we are going to be witnessing.

      Wishful thinking on your part? Southern half of the province envy perhaps?

      I think if Johnny an figure it out… well I think you get my point.

      • Cowbell_Feva

        Him figuring it out is one thing. Being able to change the way you have played your whole career is another!

        He has been so far advanced in this game that he hasn’t had to learn to shoot and score yet. It is the hardest thing to do in hockey, and only the prolific shooters can do it consistently. I am not under-estimating his talent. He is uber-talented. He will get points. I just don’t think he will ever be a prolific goal scorer.

        PS- I cannot stand Johnny Gaudreau or the Calgary Flames. Nor is Johnny Gaudreau a prolific goal scorer. Far from it. And he never will be.

          • Cowbell_Feva

            Yes. Quite the intelligent comment. That really shows me that what I have been seeing from him is wrong.

            He scores tonnes of points (which I clearly have stated that I have no doubt he will continue to do) however most of his goals come from a style that isn’t nearly as productive at the NHL level….just my opinion from what I have seen from him.

          • Cowbell_Feva

            You haven’t seen enough. Less than the scouts, who have been unanimous in calling him a Crosby-level prospect. If you have only used highlight reels in your evaluation, then it is illegitimate. Posting illegitimate evaluations is just trolling. Watch more and you’ll see what every professional scout has seen.

          • Cowbell_Feva

            I’ve watched as much live as I possibly can living in Edmonton. From what I have seen, he is an unbelievable talent, but scores most of his goals in ways that won’t work in the NHL.

            Because I say or have an opinion on something you don’t like, doesn’t mean I’m a troll. What did I say that was illegitimate??

            BTW- I never heard many scouts say he is a prolific goal scorer…more about speed, vision, and talent, which I never doubted for a second.

      • Cowbell_Feva

        Tarasenko has an absolute bullet snap/wrist shot and uses it almost predominantly….you are thinking of 2 highlight reel goals out of 37 that he scored….I guarantee you he popped the majority of them with his shot, not going around defensemen and sliding it low.

    • I partially agree. Most of his goals that I’ve seen have come after insane deking or wraparounds. McDavid is just so much quicker than everyone else that all he usually needs to do is slide the puck in once the goalie is sprawled out on the ice.

      I think we’ll still see a little of this in the NHL, but I agree that he’s gonna be getting the majority of his points from playmaking, similar to Gretzy (assists anyone?). However his shot will likely also improve, it will just take him time to figure out the NHL game.

    • From an Oilers fan!

      I’m trying not to get too excited for McD this year and to keep it realistic. However, comments like this one and others that emphasize how different the NHL game is miss one critical fact:

      Every NHL star (Ovie, Stamkos, etc.) was once playing junior hockey, and they too had their go-to moves, or styles of play. All of those players got to the NHL and they adjusted accordingly. Now, with that in mind, I refer to the GOAT #99 who said McD is the best to come in the league in 30 years. Think about that for a second. Think about how offensively dominant guys like Ovechkin and Stamkos are day in and day out. Now take 99s words and consider what someone better – some say much better – than all of those guys may be capable of with teammates like Hallsy, Nuge, Ebs hitting their prime next to him.

      Will McD have to adjust to the NHL style game? Of course. Will he have his struggles? Of course. But I don’t think it’s unrealistic to expect that within 2 years, there won’t be a player in the NHL that another team wouldn’t trade for #97.

      PS – you’re right, a 5 goal game in 4 on 4 isn’t ‘real hockey.’ However, I haven’t seen another rookie in any camp do that against other rookies who are NHL prospects. Use the same measuring stick and you can understand why it’s still noteworthy. This kid is sick.

      • Cowbell_Feva

        I have no doubt he is sick. I have no doubt he going to rack up points. I just don’t think he will be the one scoring them as much as some fans do.

        Yes he is smart. He will adjust and he will score some goals, but he doesn’t shoot the puck enough (from what I have seen) to be a prolific goal scorer.

        Hype is just hype. I don’t care who has said what about who, it is just hype. Hall, RNH, and Yakupov had insane amounts of build up and hype. None of them came in and were world beaters. Only Crosby and Ovechkin (who was a touch older) have been able to come in and light the world on fire. Junior to NHL is a HUGE jump.

        Crosby is a great example. He scored a ton of points early in his career. He is a pass first player. Supremely smart. He admitted he had to work on his shot. I can see that in McDavid. He doesn’t shoot often, thus he won’t score as many goals. He will pile up points like Crosby, but won’t score like Ovechkin/Stamkos/Seguin. Just my take.

  • Randaman

    Ah Wayne and Garth..yes, 2 excellent choices to represent the citizens of Deadmonton. The similarities are endless, not the least of which is the whole middleaged yet still living downstairs of Mommy and Daddy

    Kudos

  • socaldave

    Humble citizens of the nation? Yeah, really humble of you to predict McDavid walking through the flames and scoring frequent hat tricks in his rookie year. Did people like you learn nothing from the last 6 years?

    Hey guys, our team has been terrible, but now we have another superstar… so lets start planning how we will take over twitter and seek as much attention as possible when our team miraculously goes from the basement to the top shelf.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am very optimistic, but it seems pretty sad that we’re lobbying for mass tweets about possible yet far from certain achievements to come in the following year… on August 19th. “We’re not worthy” is a message of humility, but this contriving is anything but