At lot of people are saying that Connor McDavid is a generational talent coming out of this years draft. They are saying he’s the best player since Sidney Crosby or Mario Lemieux, which is definitely big praise for McDavid, but I think it could be considered big praise for Crosby as well.
In this post I’m going to compare the two players junior careers and then take a look at which player I think will end up having the better career.
Sidney Crosby only played 2 years in junior with the Rimouski Oceanic before jumping up to the NHL. McDavid was able to have 3 years in the OHL because he received exceptional player status. Crosby would have received exceptional player status, but that rule didn’t come into effect until John Tavares was drafted as an underage player in 2005.