McDavid currently plays for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). A center, McDavid was selected first overall in the 2012 OHL Entry Draft. Prior to the draft he was granted Exceptional Player status, only the third player given that status since its creation in 2005. He was awarded the Emms Family Award as the best first-year player in the OHL for the 2012-13 OHL season. McDavid will be eligible for the 2015 NHL entry draft and widely considered to be a once in a generation player.