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NHL 2015-16 schedule: Connor McDavid may debut in St. Louis

Connor McDavid could make his NHL debut Oct. 8 in St. Louis as the Edmonton Oilers open next season at the Blues.

Top prospect will be drafted first by Oilers

OHL standout Connor McDavid is set to join the Edmonton Oilers, who have the first pick in this week's NHL draft. (Dennis Pajot/Getty Images/File)

The NHL announced the dates of all 30 home openers for next season on Wednesday, and Connor McDavid could make his debut Oct. 8 in St. Louis as the Edmonton Oilers visit the Blues.

Assuming the prospective first pick is healthy, McDavid will play his first game at Edmonton's Rexall Place Oct. 15, also against St. Louis.

The Maple Leafs and Canadiens face off in Toronto Oct. 7. It's the seventh straight season the Leafs and Habs open against each other.

Montreal plays its first home game Oct. 15 against the New York Rangers.

The Ottawa Senators open in Buffalo Oct. 8 and host Montreal on Oct. 11 for their home opener.

The Winnipeg Jets start the season in Boston Oct. 8 and host the Calgary Flames in the first game back at MTS Centre Oct. 16.

Calgary hosts the Canucks Oct. 7. Vancouver's home opener is Oct. 10 against the Flames.

The Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks will raise their third banner in six years Oct. 7 against the Rangers and play the first NHL regular-season game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Oct. 9 against the Islanders.

The full NHL schedule will be released Thursday morning.

With files from CBCSports.ca

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