Oilers News: Connor McDavid is officially going to the Olympics

Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

The Edmonton Oilers will have more than a few players go to the Olympics this year to represent their country. One of those players will definitely be Connor McDavid.

The Edmonton Oilers captain has been officially named to Team Canada’s Olympic roster.

Connor McDavid will be going to the Olympics, something that is definitely long overdue. McDavid is one of the NHL’s best players, but due to the fact that the NHL did not send their players to the Olympics in 2018, 2022 will be the first time McDavid will be able to represent his country, and he is one of the top players getting the chance to do so.

The different Olympic teams are taking their time to announce the roster, for McDavid though he did not have to wait long as he was one of the first few announced to be on the roster. He alongside Sidney Crosby and Alex Pietrangelo will be representing Canada at the Olympics in February.

Crosby will no doubt be the captain of Team Canada, but one would have to imagine this is going to be the passing of the guard from Crosby to McDavid. Hopefully, this will be the first of many international tournaments for McDavid, and I cannot wait to see what he does during the Olympics this February.

This is going to be a great opportunity for the Oilers captain to play with the best of the best. It probably could not have come at a better year as the Oilers are trying to get over the playoff hump and find some postseason success.

The Oilers need McDavid to be hitting his stride come March when the Olympics would be wrapped up, and they are counting on him to be ready to start his own push for a championship around then as well.

Having Connor McDavid in the Olympics is only going to do great things for the game of hockey and the Edmonton Oilers in general. Now will be a time when different players around the world and the NHL, in general, will get to see what McDavid is capable of in one of the biggest stages around, and maybe it could convince some different free agents to sign with the Oilers next summer.

The Olympics is going to be a must-watch event as the best athletes around the world come together for one great tournament, but I have to say starting the year on the right note as a team in Edmonton definitely is what matters most right now.

The NHL regular season starts on October 13th for the Oilers as they take on Vancouver.