The Edmonton Oilers have named Connor McDaniel as captain and vice-captain for their upcoming games against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively, in Edmonton.
The announcement was made Friday during the Oilers’ pregame skate before a game against the Nashville Predators.
McDaniel has three points in three games with Edmonton this season.
The 21-year-old has nine points (three goals, nine assists) in 19 games this season and will become the youngest captain in the history of the Oilers.
He’s one of four rookies to be named captain in 2017-18, joining fellow rookies Jordan Eberle, Connor McAdams and Sam Reinhart.
The four are all 18 years old.
McDaniels has led the Oilers to four straight victories, including the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007-08.
The Oilers are 4-2-1 in his first five NHL games, including a 5-1 record in the series that Edmonton has won two times in the last three years.
McDonald has also had a strong start to the season, having recorded his first career hat trick on Dec. 5 against the Minnesota Wild.
McDonald has now recorded three goals and six points in his past five games.