Bruins' Zdeno Chara praises Connor McDavid, believes he could have scored 80 points when he was 16
McDavid has two points in one game this season
Connor McDavid is a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner and the 2016 MVP, so he knows a thing or two about points. McDavid finished with 100 points in 2016 and 108 points in 2017, and he picked up two more with a pair of assists in the Oilers' season-opener against the Devils.
As the Bruins prepare to square off against McDavid and the Oilers on Thursday, Zdeno Chara isn't taking McDavid's abilities lightly -- nor is he overlooking the Oilers. Chara said that the new wave of great NHL players is coming, and McDavid is spearheading the movement.
"You see the skill they already have. It's way more advanced," Chara said to Reid Wilkins, via Yahoo Sports. "In our era, it didn't exist. If someone would say they're taking a power skating class or a figure skating class, you would get laughed at,"
As for McDavid, Chara added: "He probably could have played in the NHL at 16. He was so advanced. As a 16-year-old, he probably would have had 80 points."
McDavid is only 21 now, so Chara probably isn't too far off here.
McDavid was recognized as a sure thing out of the gate, and so far he's lived up to the generational billing. Now, the Oilers need to help him out. As good as McDavid's been, they backslid in a big way last year after making the playoffs (and even winning a series) in 2017. Now 0-1, the Oilers are trying to get back to winning ways. That begins with McDavid and his ridiculous potential to create goals.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The big-name defenseman is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer
More than 200 women's players had been protesting working conditions of the professional l...
Six talking points that go beyond the X's and O's in this year's Cup Final
The arbitrator upheld the suspension, but said he's already served 41 games
The Penguins All-Star winger has a limited no-trade clause but could soon be on the move
The 42-year-old replaces interim Marc Crawford, who also interviewed for the position