Witnessing forward Connor McDavid dominate against his peer group was one thing for Michael Futa, the Kings' vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel.
But then Futa started hearing about McDavid holding his own against established NHL players in summer camps a few years back. A former Kings forward, the Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, offered the highest generational praise.
"Wayne told me: 'You've got to see this kid. The kid is sick.' That's their terminology," Futa said. "At my age, you get a thermometer. At their age, it's a real compliment."
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