PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft, had a goal and an assist for the Edmonton Oilers in his professional debut Friday night, an 8-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the Young Stars tournament opener for both teams.
The 18-year-old McDavid set up a great chance moments after the opening faceoff and picked up his first point with an assist on Darnell Nurse's power-play goal in the second period. McDavid scored his first on a deflected shot in the third.
McDavid also was the recipient of a big hit in the first period, courtesy of former world junior teammate Jake Virtanen.
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''I got hit. It was part of the game, whatever,'' McDavid said.
Chants of ''Let's go Oilers!'' rang out in the South Okanagan Events Center as long-suffering Edmonton fans, many of them wearing newly minted No. 97 McDavid jerseys, filled the arena.