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McDavid meets next first overall pick and tells hilarious joke about Draft


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Liam McCormick
June 10, 2024  (3:24 PM)
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Evander Kane and Connor McDavid
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Before game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Florida today, some of the top NHL Draft prospects met with Connor McDavid and Evander Kane.

Just as they were headed to speak to the media, McDavid and Kane took a moment to chat with the next generation of NHLers. The projected first overall pick Macklin Celebrini was there, along with Cayden Lindstrom, Artyom Levshynov, and Zeev Buium. McDavid spoke about the moment and his personal experience with that, and also chipped in a hilarious joke about the prospects enjoying the Fitness Testing Combine.
»We just chatted with them a little bit before jumping in here. Seemed like some great kids. They said they had fun at the combine, which . . . we were surprised at. Exciting time for everybody, for those kids.»

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The room got a big chuckle out of McDavid's joke, and it also showed a bit how relaxed the Oilers still are while down in the series to Florida. McDavid also spoke about visiting the Chicago-Tampa Bay Final when he was about to be drafted, and meeting Kane and Toews and how valuable that experience was. McDavid's parting piece of advice was to not worry so much about the Draft itself - it's just the beginning of a career.
It's incredible to see McDavid take on a leadership role and speak as such a veteran leader, referring to the new prospects as kids. It's hard to believe this is already McDavid's 9th season, but he's matured a lot in the past few years. At just 27 years old now, McDavid is already on track to be one of greatest players of all time, and he can cement that legacy with a Cup win this year.
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