Connor McDavid is either the worst appraiser of hockey talent this planet has ever seen, or some sort of comedic genius who knows exactly how to send Leafs fans over a cliff. To be honest, the latter seems more probable.
A number of draft-eligible prospects, including McDavid, recently participated in a self-evaluation as part of a questionnaire for CSS rankings, and this happened:
Connor McDavid, C, Erie Otters (OHL) – Who is the NHL player your play would most likely be compared to: “Tyler Bozak because he is a good skater and is more of a pass-first type of guy.”
You know, it’s probably not too late to just take all the Leafs’ lottery balls out of that big machine and light them on fire.
In fairness, Bozak is a pass-first type of player, because either of his linemates should always have the puck instead of him, and he’s pretty good at recognizing that. McDavid is more of a split-two-defenders-and-score-in-such-a-fashion-that-it-results-in-goalies-having-nightmares-for-weeks or a win-the-scoring-title-and-pull-an-awful-franchise-from-the-grip-of-Satan type of player. I’m not sure they’re comparable.
As you may have guessed, twitter reacted.
With new information I think we can infer Connor McDavid is hoping he tops out as Tyler Bozak v.2.
— Noah Love (@noahlove) March 28, 2015
McDavid’s just doing his favourite a team a solid by hyping up Bozak in anticipation of a summer trade.
— Will (@WillySal89) March 28, 2015
Eichel to first overall, McDavid to behind Crouse RT @thescoreNHL: Connor McDavid compares game to Tyler Bozak’s in self-evaluation
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 28, 2015
Elite level misdirection from McDavid. Talk up Bozak, watch him get traded to Buffalo to move Leafs up in draft.
— Matt Stroud (@Disastromatic) March 28, 2015