BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For much of last season, it looked like Connor McDavid might end up with the Buffalo Sabres. The first overall pick in last year’s NHL draft got to show the city what it’s missing on Tuesday night.
McDavid scored twice, including in overtime, to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Sabres in an anticipated matchup against another top rookie, Jack Eichel.
McDavid and Eichel provided a buzz for this one even though the Oilers and Sabres are both among the NHL’s bottom five teams. Eichel was picked right after McDavid in last year’s draft, and both players are considered potentially generational talents.
As has been the case with the humble rookie, McDavid downplayed the matchup with Eichel before and after the game.
“To be honest, that’s not a big deal,” McDavid said. “I keep saying this game was a big deal for me because it was in front of friends and family. It just feels good to get the win in front of them.”
McDavid grew up in suburban Toronto and played junior hockey 90 miles away in Erie, Pennsylvania.
McDavid scored 22 seconds into the game, and then got the winner by…