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15 year-old Connor McDavid is close to landing an endorsement deal

Dec 10, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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You won’t be seeing Connor McDavid in the NHL until at least 2015, but that’s not stopping him from getting paid.

Liz Mullen at Sports Business Journal reports the 15 year-old Erie Otters forward is close to landing an endorsement deal with Reebok that will see him sell everything from skates to shirts to hats and then some. Mullen notes that if McDavid does sign the deal, he’ll be the youngest player to represent Reebok and he’ll be the company’s biggest signing since 2005.

McDavid is in his first season in the OHL and is already being hailed as the “next Sidney Crosby.” Of course it’s convenient that Crosby is the big name helping to push Reebok goods already. If McDavid is able to eventually live up to the hype that’s already starting for him, the Reebok family will be the place to be for the faces of hockey.

  1. killerpgh - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I couldn’t imagine being 15 years old and having the hockey world by the balls like this kid does. Hopefully he surrounds himself with the right people and he can continue to develope into what he is projected to become. Best of luck kid.

  2. travishenryskid - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Hyperbole. The kid isn’t the next Crosby. He’s really good, but there are is a long list of players that have done as well or better at the same age. He has a ton to prove before he even gets compared to John Tavares.

    • bcjim - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      There is not a long list.

      He and Tavares I think are the only 14yos to be drafted by the OHL.

      He (at 15) has scored 17G/20A in 32 OHL (OHL, not some travel bantam team) games. And of course this year, there is talent around the OHL that might otherwise have moved on.

      Also you make it sound like JT is some scrub when he was the most celebrated prospect in a long long time.

      You cant say any kid is the next Crosby (watevr that means) but he certainly compares favorably with any 15yo in recent (or distant) memory.

      • travishenryskid - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        The media makes it sound like these prospects are once in a generation, when in reality they are once in every 3 or 4 years. That’s what I meant by my comment. Not that anybody cares, but I spoke with a scout for an NHL team about him, and he said to think of Lecavalier. Remember when Lecavalier was drafted, they said he was the next Lemieux.

      • lordfletcher - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Connor is the best prospect (IMO) that we have seen since Crosby and or Ovechkin… Now Stamkos sure has blossomed into who we all thought he could but Connor is putting up numbers each and everynight in the OHL at 15. The kid is scary consistent for his age.

        I would be shocked if he doesn’t go #1 and doesn’t win a cup in his lifetime.

        If any team deserves to get him, it’s Columbus, man do they need a shot in the arm! If not Columbus, I hope he stays in Canada, the fans of Canada need a Canadian hero on one of their teams.

        -wild fan

      • travishenryskid - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Darren Dregger is already talking about two 14 year olds, Sean Day and Tyler Benson, as being better than McDavid. Sorry, the kid might end up being very good, but let’s slow down the hype train.

  3. orangeandblack67 - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Let’s hope he does not turn out to be such a puss like “Sindy”.

    • killerpgh - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Would that be the same “puss” that won the fight against Giroux in the playoffs?

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        You do realize that the linesman was preventing G to do anything once Sid the (older) Kid started swinging ha?

      • killerpgh - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Really? Because when I watch the video I don’t see a linesman putting Giroux in a full-nelson and letting Sid hit him. I would love to here how you say the lineman was “preventing G ” from doing anything. The linesman had one arm on Crosby’s back and one arm on Giroux back..I wouldn’t consider that preventing anything.

      • spiciercheez - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        First off, it was puss on puss.

        Second, Crosby didn’t even attempt to throw a punch until a linesman had his arms in there. You are blind if you can’t see that.

  4. martysbetter - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    It must be really fun to be dominant at such a young age.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    So if he’s the next Crosby does that mean his legend will also far exceed what he actually produces on the ice?

    7 year career, 1 scoring title (2007), 1 Maurice Richard trophy (2010), 1 Hart Trophy (2007), 1 Stanley Cup…. for being considered the “next Gretzky” his achievements sure are pedestrian!

    • killerpgh - Dec 11, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      But considering he is currently 4th all-time points per game doesn’t exactly mean he is average either. If you ever expect another players to put up Gretzky type number under the current NHL setup you’re crazy. Gretzky was great, but even “The Great One” couldn’t put up those type of stat if he was born 20 years later.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        The point is that the “Next Gretzky” isn’t really dominating the league, you point out points per game, and that’s fine, but in his 7 year career he’s won one Art Ross trophy, that’s not measuring him against numbers Gretzky put up, that’s measuring him strictly against his peers.

        I’m not saying that Crosby isn’t a good player, because he is. I’m just pointing out the fact that if you really look at it his career hasn’t been nearly as good or as dominant as the media (TSN and Pierre Maguire in particular) try to make it out to be. In fact I would say that it’s hard to be the “next Gretzky” when you’re the second best player on your own team.

      • lordfletcher - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        I am not a Crosby fan but to be fair, if he had been healthy, he would be considered hands down the best player in the game since Gretzky… like him or don’t he has been great for the sport we all love … I am just crossing my fingers for an ELITE, elite of the elite player to come out of the states, hopefully Seth Jones can be that guy

        I wish we could see Gretzky in a uniform today and look at the differece in how far along this game has come in 20 years. Bigger / faster / Stronger / Goalies, everything. taking nothing away from #99. man was before his time!!!!

    • itripledogdareyou - Dec 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      atwater – NEWSFLASH, it isn’t 1979. The game has changed dramatically, the 24/7 sports news cycle has changed everything too. Crosby’s won the cup & all of these awards, including scoring the gold medal winning goal in the Olympics with more hype and pressure than any other hockey player in the world on his shoulders. And he’s only 25. Overrated my A$$.
      Let’s hope this kid isn’t put under the microscope as much as Crosby has been since his major junior days, not many young men could handle it half as well.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Totally true, when you watch an NHL game from the 80’s, it doesn’t even look like the same sport. Team defense has evolved so much since then, that nobody could freely roam around the ice and collect 3 points on a nightly basis nowadays. So to expect someone to put up those kind of numbers is unrealistic. The fact is that, Crosby, when healthy, is still the best player in the NHL.

  7. brotherlove2012 - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    If Crosby would stick to producing points only, he would win the scoring title every year. He gets my respect because he plays an overall game, he goes in the corners, works to get the puck and don’t just stand there waiting for it. That’s why he gets injured all the time … As faras being the second best player on his own team, I disagree, Malkin is just a scorer, he does nothing else … Not a complete player at all, and he has no consistency, he disapears for 5 games then all of a sudden gets a bunch of points for 3 games then goes silent again and defense is something foreign to him… He’s good, but nowhere near Crosby as far as his impact on a game.

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