Connor McDavid. Future Sidney Crosby. Next, next Wayne Gretzky, or better Mario Lemieux? Whoever he turns out to be, Connor McDavid will bear a mark of another future star drafted in KHL league.
The Russian league teams often draft possible stars, yet rarely those stars end up in the World's biggest league. This year's biggest surprise was that KHL Medveščak Zagreb drafted Connor McDavid in a second round, as a pick #77. Last year Medvescak drafted Jake Virtanen.
Medvescak's GM, Edmonton native, Markoantonio Belinic summed the draft decisions for us. "This year's draft was more interesting than our first one last year in Donetsk. During the past year we have learned how the league works." And then they picked McDavid. Because their first 7 picks were blocked. Apparently Russian teams (like NHL teams prior to expansion) can block draft picks of their own prospects. "We chose McDavid, Erie Otter's forward, a young perspective C. We believe he has a bright future coming up."
Medvescak drafted these players in their second KHL draft:
Round 1. - pick traded to Dinamo Riga
Round 2. - Connor McDavid
Round 3. - Roman Skhodtsev, a young Moscow native defender
Round 4. - Gabriel Jesse, WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings forward
Round 5. - Felix Sandstrom, Swedish goalie prospect
"We hope that few of the players we drafted will become a part of our hockey familiy in next season or two" added Belinic.
Connor McDavid is off the market, NHL teams. Drafted by KHL's Medvescak Zagreb today, in the 2nd round #77thOverall— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 8, 2014