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McDavid leading Oilers' quest to end 10-year playoff drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his first 1 1/2 NHL seasons, Connor McDavid has become one of hockey’s most dynamic skaters and scorers. The All-Star has received fawning praise from no less than Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, and he has led a thorough revitalization of his Edmonton Oilers.

He has also done some less monumental things.

“To get a chance to play on a line with Justin Bieber was pretty funny,” McDavid said last weekend in Los Angeles after his first All-Star Game, recalling his pairing with the Canadian pop star during a celebrity game.

McDavid is giving Edmonton’s long-suffering fans something to sing about as he goes back to his normal, boring line alongside Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl this week.

The 20-year-old NHL scoring leader has the Oilers on track to return to the playoffs after a decade away, but he realizes he’s only one piece in a puzzle that has been unsolved for years…

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