Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid praises refs, but wishes for more consistency – Edmonton

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid isn’t taking part in video games proper now, but he needed to do some stickhandling Wednesday afternoon.

McDavid was on a Zoom name after being named the winner of the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award Tuesday evening. He was tossed a query in regards to the high quality of officiating within the NHL.

“You do wish there was maybe a little more consistency. Obviously, that’s what we’re looking for as players. I think that’s what everyone wants, is just consistency throughout. The other sports have been able to do that for the regular season into the playoffs,” stated McDavid.

“The refs have a hard job, and I have a lot of respect for them.”

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In the Oilers first spherical loss, no Winnipeg Jet was referred to as for an infraction on McDavid, leaving many to marvel how the league’s most dynamic participant might go 4 video games with out drawing a penalty.

“I don’t think it would be fair to suggest any of these games are being decided by the officials. They’re being decided by the players on the ice, as it should be. It’s very easy to focus on the two or three calls you think they missed,” stated NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday when requested about refs lacking apparent calls.

“Try going on the ice and being in the midst of everything that’s going on and making split second calls. It’s extraordinarily difficult.”

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As for his second Hart Trophy win, McDavid acquired all 100 first-place votes. He’s simply the second unanimous winner within the historical past of the award, becoming a member of Wayne Gretzky from 1982.

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“It’s just a little feather in the cap to do it unanimously. Anytime you’re in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky, you’re doing something right,” McDavid stated.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins staying with the Oilers on an 8-12 months contract

McDavid is blissful to see teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signal an eight-12 months contract to stay with the Oilers.

“Nuge is guy who is so important, not only on the ice but in the locker room a well, and a guy I’ve become very close with,” stated McDavid. “That’s a statement by him to want to be in Edmonton forever.”

The Oilers and Nugent-Hopkins deal — value $41 million — was introduced on Tuesday

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