I had the chance to meet and interview the Otters top draft pick Dylan Strome on Thursday night and came away quite impressed. Obviously a talent on the ice, I was impressed at this maturity at the age of 16, basically a high school sophomore. He answered questions quite well, spoke well and authoritative and I sensed a true leadership quality about him. Some, at the age of 16, are a bit overwhelmed at getting a camera stuck in their face but Dylan seemed to be an experienced pro at it. Not something we come across when talking with high school kids who sometimes can't put three words together without stuttering or say "ah" Can't wait to see Dylan and Connor McDavid on the ice next season for the Otters.
It will be a crucial season for the Otters too. Rumors have swirled in recent months about the team being sold and moved. I mentioned on this site back in March just how great the Otters fans have been, putting 4-thousand in the arena on the last game of the season with nothing at stake. It would ashame to lose this franchise and junior hockey but without a winning season and playoff berth that could happen. In fact, sources says it was real close to happening just a few weeks ago.
When the Otters begin play next fall, take a good look at Connor McDavid because he is projected, right now, to be the top overall pick in the NHL draft when he become eligible at the age of 18. So the Otters have two more seasons to use his talent to try and reach the playoffs and win a title. That's how good McDavid is, so appreciate his talent while watching him this season. John Taveras and Steve Stamkos were two others along with McDavid to get early entry permission into junior hockey and both are playing and playing well in the NHL. McDavid is destined to be the next.