Connor McDavid shows potential and speed in NHL debut

Rookies were the talk of the NHL on Thursday night, as Connor McDavid made his highly anticipated debut, while No. 2 draft pick Jack Eichel scored in his first appearance.

Jack Eichel, Robby Fabbri find net in their 1st match

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid made his official NHL debut Thursday night in St. Louis against the Blues. (Jeff Robertson/The Associated Press)

Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid made his highly anticipated debut in St. Louis against the Blues on Thursday night. 

The expectations and pressure placed on the 18-year-old phenom didn't seem to effect him as he made a rather quiet introduction to the NHL, registering his first shot on net in the third period with the game locked at 1-1.

His two scoring chances in the final frame were unthreatening, but his upward potential was still obvious. The 2015 No. 1 draft pick went coast-to-coast in his first opportunity with the puck. 

McDavid finished the game with two shots, 18:07 minutes of ice time, and a minus-1 rating. 

Edmonton ultimately fell to the home team 3-1. 

Two other rookies had much more successful debuts on Thursday nights. The 2015 second-overall pick Jack Eichel scored for the Buffalo Sabres on a third period power-play in a 3-1 losing effort against the Ottawa Senators. 

With all eyes on McDavid, under-the-radar St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri surprised with first NHL goal in the third period, which also held up as the game winner. 


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