Former Oilers captain Doug Weight is a big fan of current Oilers captain Connor McDavid. But the New York Islanders head coach admits that game planning against McDavid isn’t much fun.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for our team,” explained Weight when talking about McDavid in an interview with Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now. “You might sense the fear in my voice as I just finished watching the last couple of games that the Oilers have played.”
McDavid currently leads the NHL with 74-points in 65-games. That has him on pace for 93-points. Doug Weight is the last Oiler to score 100-points. He reached that mark during the 1995-96 season when he picked up (25G 79A) for 104-points. McDavid will need a strong finish to get to the 100-point mark but Weight says the kid is special and is just going to keep getting better and better.
“To me greatness is about desire and talent and he certainly has both of those,” says Weight. “He’s the fastest player in the league and I believe he gets faster when the dang black thing is on his stick. I’ve never seen that before. His mind is probably like that movie the Beautiful Mind. He sees everything and knows where guys are moving.”
Weight is 7th all time in Oilers scoring with 577-points. He had a great career with the Oilers and appears to be poised for a successful career as an NHL head coach. Weight took over for Jack Capuano behind the Islanders bench in January. Since then the Islanders have moved into a playoff spot, going 13-6-3 during that span.
The Oilers and Islanders square off at Rogers Place Tuesday night at 7:00pm. It’s game two of the Oilers eight game home stand. 630 CHED has the broadcast starting with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. (bu)