Connor McDavid will continue a recent trend when he enters the OHL Draft on April 7.
As reported by the Toronto Star earlier today, McDavid, a 15 year-old forward for the midget minor AAA Toronto Marlboros will be available to the Erie Otters with this year's first pick, only the third player to be granted the "exceptional status" to enter the draft early. The standard entry age is 16 years of age.
The previous two players granted such status were John Tavares in 2005, who was drafted first overall by the Oshawa Generals and went on score 77 points in 65 games and win CHL Rookie of the Year honors, and Aaron Ekblad, who was drafted with the first overall pick last season by the Barrie Colts and went on to score 29 points in his first campaign, second amongst rookie defenseman. Ekblad will be NHL Draft eligible in 2014.
The Otters have signed agreed to a two-year lease extension with the Erie County Convention Center Authority to stay in Erie, and hired John Frey as Director of Operations, according to ontariohockeyleague.com
NHL.com reports McDavid scored 33 goals and 39 assists in 33 games this year for the Marlboros and picked up the Greater Toronto Hockey League Player of the Year Award.
The Marlboros organization has produced first round talent including John Tavares, Sam Gagner, Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Wojtek Wolski, and Ryan Strome.
McDavid will be NHL Draft eligible in 2015.