Connor McDavid is making some history before he’s selected in the NHL draft in June.
The Erie Otters centre scored his 30th goal in 34 games this season on Monday afternoon to give the Ontario Hockey League team a 2-0 first-period lead over the hometown Mississauga Steelheads.
The goal extended McDavid’s points streak to 19 games, breaking the previous team record of 18, set by former NHLer Tim Connolly in 1997-98 and matched by Rob Hisley in 2004-05.
The 18-year-old McDavid added an assist later in the period and set up another goal in the second on the way to a 4-0 Erie win, giving him 16 goals and 44 points during the streak, which began Nov. 7, or four days before he fractured a bone in his right hand in a fight against Bryson Cianfrone of the Steelheads.
McDavid, who is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft, missed six weeks of action before returning to lead Canada to a world junior title in Toronto, racking up 11 points in seven games to tie teammates Sam Reinhart and Nic Petan for the tournament lead.
McDavid, a native of Newmarket, Ont., has points in 33 of 34 contests this season and entered Monday’s action playing at a 2.52 points-per-game clip.
In 152 OHL games before Monday, he had 82 goals and 248 points for the 37-12-4 Otters, who clinched a playoff berth on Sunday when Windsor lost to Niagara.
Last week, McDavid didn't say there would be Round 2 with Cianfrone on Monday, but did let his feelings of the Steelheads be known.
"I, for sure, have some bad blood with them. I don't like them. It's no secret," said McDavid. "I thought what went on there [in the last meeting with Mississauga] wasn't very good. I didn't think what went down was all right."