Wayne Gretzky Calls Connor McDavid Greatest 19-Year-Old Player He’s Ever Seen

October 17th, 2016 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky praised Edmonton Oilers second-year star Connor McDavid during an interview with the Canadian Press (via Sportsnet) on Monday, suggesting the youngster is further along in his development than some of the legends of the game were at the same age.

"I don't think there's any question that Connor's the best 19-year-old hockey player I've ever seen, and I saw (Mark) Messier. I saw (Mario) Lemieux. I saw (Guy) Lafleur," Gretzky said. "This kid is special."

Gretzky's even joked that, at 55 years old, he could still thrive with McDavid, saying he could score 60 goals alongside him.

Gretzky finished his NHL career as the all-time leader in points (2,857), goals (894) and assists (1,963), among his other countless accomplishments, and many consider him to be the greatest hockey player of all time.

His opinion on such matters carries serious weight, and while he believes Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL, he feels McDavid's potential is unlimited, per the Canadian Press:

(Is McDavid) on the right track? Absolutely. And has he got an opportunity to do some real specia ...

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