There it is, folks. Nope, it's not a promotional poster for 'North 2' - the wayward tale of a 20 year old white boy, the foreign parents that forcefully adopted him, and the hilarious cultural mishaps that ensue. Instead, it's visual evidence that it took a lot more than natural, God-given talent for Connor McDavid to get where he is today. That awkward pose? That is undeniable proof that the kid who singlehandedly turned around the fortunes of the Edmonton Oilers has spent his entire life working so hard on his craft that all his social skills fell by the wayside.
Admittedly, it's strange for a married couple to latch on to a professional athlete like he's their first born, but anyone that's been around a college girl that's had too much to drink knows how to grin and bear it without looking as if they are the victim in a Liam Neeson movie. We have all had our photogenic struggles with hand placement, but Connor McDavid's inability to configure his body so that he doesn't appear allergic to human contact is a telltale sign that he grew up with a stick permanently affixed to his mitts. I can't imagine it's easy to force a smile whenever a stranger interrupts your life for a photo-op, but that glare that screams "help me"? That's the facial expression of someone that was practicing his crossovers during school dances. It showcases the gracelessness of someone that was skating suicides in a weighted vest while his competition was slugging beers on Snapchat. The only pictures he's ever felt welcome in were championship photos, and he's likely a generational talent because of it...