You can stop wondering if Connor McDavid is on par with Sidney Crosby.

Edmonton Oilers’ captain McDavid made clear it might not be long before there’s a new face in charge in the NHL. Playing head-to-head against Crosby, McDavid arranged three assists and made sure that he’s in Crosby’s league as one of the rulers of hockey.

Crosby, 29, is thought of as the world’s best player. McDavid, 19, is more of an heir apparent to that title. McDavid set three first-period goals, and Crosby was there for all three.

Crosby’s Penguins ended up winning against the Oilers 4-3, but McDavid’s performance was why some scouts believe he is still ahead of where Crosby was at the same age.

At 19, Crosby got his first NHL scoring title and was named MVP, but McDavid may follow suit.

As for the Oilers’ improvement, combined with the buzz about McDavid’s level of play, there is enough evidence that McDavid will be in the Hart Trophy conversation.

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