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Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) celebrates with Leon Draisaitl (29) after scoring a hit trick against the Calgary Flames during the season opener of NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, October 4, 2017.

Jones: 'Follow the leader' factor big plus

Connor McDavid isn’t going to score all the goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to victory every game. But with his natural hat-trick in the opening game, the question is if the 20-year-old second-year captain will have a ‘Follow The Leader’ factor in play as the returning Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay trophy winner?

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau with Auston Matthews celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 4, 2017. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network)

What. A. Start.

WINNIPEG — OK Mike Babcock, good luck keeping the lid on fan expectations now.

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) celebrates with Oscar Klefbom (77) and Leon Draisaitl (29) his first goal of the game against the Calgary Flames during the season opener of NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, October 4, 2017. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia

Three for McDavid

Hockey fans in Edmonton and Calgary can admit it now, we’d been lying about the Battle of Alberta for about 15 years.Pretending it was a rivalry. Pretending it mattered. Trying to convince ourselves and everyone else that the Oilers and Flames were anything more than an irrelevant B division sideshow that impacted little more than draft positioning