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Happy 4th Connorversary everybody

Can you believe it’s been four years since the Oilers summoned the dark Gord to give them the luck needed to win the Connor McDavid lottery? It was on this day, back in 2015, that Bill Daly flipped over the golden ticket, showing the Oilers logo as the future home of Connor McDavid.

Do you remember where you were when Bill Daly flipped over the golden ticket? I do. I was sitting on my couch, ignoring the draft lottery entirely as I had already sold myself on Dylan Strome or Noah Hanifin being the next Oiler come draft day. Yeah, I had the TV in the background but I wasn’t really paying attention, ya know? With only an 11.5% chance to win the McLottery, there was no way on Gord’s green earth that I believed we’d be lucky enough to land the best prospect the NHL has seen since Crosby came out of Rimouski. So when Daly turned over the Oilers logo, signifying that we had won the chance to draft Connor, I completely lost my shit.

I remember rewinding my PVR and re-watching the lottery 15x before I was finally able to convince my brain that I had actually seen what I thought I did. I remember Wanye calling me, screaming “OMG WE WON! CONNOR MCDAVID!” into the phone before abruptly hanging up and disappearing into the night. For me, the idea that the Oilers had won the most important draft lottery that they possibly could have seemed so unlikely that when it actually happened, I didn’t know how to act or what to do with my hands. Yeah, we’ve won draft lotteries before but nothing quite like this. All I knew for sure was that the Oilers were blessed with an opportunity that they couldn’t afford to waste, and that the Internet was going to meltdown.

The point of writing this article again this year is not to brag about our lottery prowess but to remember how lucky we are to have Connor McDavid on our team, and also to offer a reminder to the franchise that his career is a finite resource that needs to be respected. If anything, having four years pass with only 13 playoff games under his belt is unacceptable and an indictment on the job done by the management group that seems to still think they’re the smartest ones in the room. We cannot go through another year of wasting his time, and the pressure is on to make the changes needed to get him back in the postseason where he belongs. Gord knows Connor deserves better than what he’s gotten so far.

Happy Connorversary, Nation. Here’s to many more.

THE REACTION VIDEO

Sometimes I like to look back at the comments section after we had won the lottery just to see how elated everyone was, and I can’t help but laugh. We all had so much fun that night and I desperately want this team to get back to a time when we can all feel this way again. Connor deserves it, we deserve it, and the city of Edmonton deserves it as well. Here’s to MISSION20 happening next spring.

McDavid’s Career So Far

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 16 32 48 18 -1
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 30 70 100 26 27 13 5 4 9 2
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 41 67 108 26 20
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 41 75 116 20 3
NHL Totals 287 128 244 372 90 13 5 4 9 2

 



  • Rick Stroppel

    Gloating about this, as if it is some kind of accomplishment, seems weird to me. Twenty years ago nobody wanted to talk about how bad the Oilers were, they wanted to talk about how great they were in the 1980’s. Ten years ago nobody wanted to talk about how bad the Oilers were, they wanted to talk about how “we were one game away from the Stanley Cup”. Now many people don’t want to talk about how bad the Oilers are, they want to say “look how great McDavid and Draisaitl are”.

    I’m going to get trashed for this, I don’t care. I looked up where McDavid and Draisaitl ranked this season in points per 60 minutes, all situations. Amoung players playing 30 games or more, McDavid was 5th, Draisaitl was 15th. So if we get to the end of the season next year and both Draisaitl and McDavid are in top five scoring again, we will probably know the TEAM failed again. They are excellent players, but their point totals are influenced by the fact that they are surrounded by a terrible group of forwards, and they are on the ice too much. The success of the team is the only thing that really matters to me.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    I will say this about Connor there isnt too many games where when your watching you aren’t sitting there amazed by some of the things he does when he’s on the ice with the puck. And just think he hasnt even peaked yet in the NHL

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Calgary sucks. Bunch of overrated losers. Anybody see Gaudreau or Monahan? I might have to file a missing persons report with the Calgary Police

  • Apps98

    I was playing music with my worship band in my church when my phone started going crazy in my pocket & my Twitter feed was exploding. Upon checking my phone shortly afterward, it was all I could do to stop myself from running screaming out the door.

    • Spiel

      Rewind history. Oilers don’t win the 2015 lottery and don’t get McDavid. They also probably don’t sign Lucic and don’t trade away Hall, or make the Reinhart trade as those moves were done with the focus of building around Connor to win sooner.
      Might make for an interesting article to write as a “what if?”. Almost unbelievable at how badly the Oilers management has screwed up the years with McDavid on an ELC.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    I just checked the old comments and I found comments that I apparently posted but they were things I know I didn’t say. Would that have anything g to do with the new comment section.

    I remember being so happy and excited that there’s no way I’d say “the lottery is an epic fail and I feel bad for the kid and he’s gonzo in 3 years.

    I’ve hated when people say epic fail since like grade 7 in 06-07 and gonzo isn’t in my vocabulary.