NHL·Poll

Leafs, Oilers or Sens: Which team needs Connor McDavid more?

As it currently stands, there are three Canadian teams out of the playoff picture: The Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators. But which team needs the services of hockey phemon Connor McDavid more?

Erie Otters phenom tabbed generational player

Senators hockey executive Bryan Murray, centre, along with counterparts Brendan Shanahan, right, of the Leafs, and Edmonton’s Kevin Lowe would all be smiling if their respective franchises win the draft lottery and go on to select hockey phenom Connor McDavid. (Canadian Press )

Connor McDavid is a once-in-a-generation player.

That’s what scouts and NHL general managers have been telling us for quite some time.

Then, weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand, the Erie Otters phenom showed off his transcendent skills in helping lead Canada to the world junior title.

Forget about the competition with American Jack Eichel, McDavid squashed any doubt who will be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming June draft.

As it currently stands, there are three Canadian teams out of the playoff picture: The Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators.

The Leafs are in the midst of an embarrassing 10-game losing streak. They’re 13 points out of a the last playoff spot in the East with no encouraging signs of moving up the standings.

A player like McDavid would do wonders for a team that’s made the post-season only once in 11 years. He would be the super star centre the Leafs have craved for years, a marketing dream.

The Oilers have the second-worst record in the NHL. Despite picking no worse than seventh overall of the last five drafts — Taylor Hall (1st in 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st in 2011), Nail Yakupov (1st in 2012), Darnell Nurse (7th in 2013), and Leon Draisaitl (3rd in 2014) — they remain a woeful franchise.

But with respect to these five players, none compare to what McDavid would bring to Edmonton. In fact, if the Oilers were to win the draft lottery, comparisons to Wayne Gretzky would instantly follow.

The Senators, who sit one point ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference, have failed to make the playoffs in three of the their last six seasons. That all could change if the draft lottery goes Ottawa's way. McDavid would certainly be the talk of the nation's capital, and for good reason.  

So we ask you:

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