Connor McDavid shines on the ice, but not so much online

After going first overall in the 2015 NHL draft to the Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid has gained quite a lot of attention from hockey fans all over.

Already a Canadian superstar, we looked at McDavid’s social media channels and ranked him based on a rating system we’ve been using for other athletes. Last week, we took a look at Toronto Blue Jays’ catcher Russel Martin’s online presence and awarded him a score of 34/40. Let’s see how McDavid compares:

Fan engagement score: 8/10

McDavid received a solid score in this section because of his frequent fan giveaways and posts acknowledging the Oilers’ fanbase. He could step it up with a few more direct interactions with Twitter fans, but for now, we think he’s doing a pretty good job.

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Visual media score: 8/10

For this section, we look at how effectively an athlete is using photos and videos on their social media channels.

We gave McDavid a score of eight for sharing some hilariously photoshopped images. He could have gained the extra two points by sharing some more videos on his social media feeds.

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Popularity score: 8/10

For the popularity measure, we consider the number of followers an athlete has as well as how they are generally regarded by the online public.

McDavid has built a solid Instagram and Twitter following with hundreds of thousands of followers on both channels. Despite being generally well respected, he lost a few points here for some critics on Twitter.

While most hockey fans recognize McDavid as a standout player, there are a number who think the hype surrounding him is overblown.

Product placement score: 4/10

It’s considered quite normal for sponsored athletes to advertise brands through social media channels, although sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. No fan wants to feel like their favourite athlete is bombarding them with product placement. For this measure, a high score indicates less product placement, while a low score indicates lots of product placement.

McDavid scored a four in the section for constantly endorsing brands on his social media profiles. It’s no surprise that such a promising young athlete is attracting big name sponsorships, however McDavid could do a much better job balancing out his endorsements online.

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Final score: 28/40

While McDavid may be a rising star in the NHL, he’s got some work to do when it comes to keeping up online. With rumours that he may be the Oilers’ captain this coming season, expectations will be high on the ice and on the Internet.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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Jackie Atkins
Jackie Atkins
Jackie Atkins is a competitive alpine skier, student and aspiring writer who primarily contributes stories about the intersection between technology and sports to ITBusiness.ca.

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