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McDavid committed to Oilers despite sweep: 'We want to see this thing through'

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Connor McDavid isn't going anywhere.

The Edmonton Oilers captain reiterated his commitment to the franchise after the Winnipeg Jets swept the club in the first round of the playoffs.

"That's not the case at all. We have a great core," McDavid said of the outside chatter of him potentially leaving Edmonton, according to The Athletic's Daniel Nugent-Bowman. "We want to see this thing through together."

McDavid put together one of the most dominant regular-season performances of all time this year, recording 33 goals and 105 points in 56 contests. He amassed one goal and three assists in the four postseason games.

The phenom inked an eight-year, $100-million contract with the Oilers in 2017 and is signed until 2026.

Teammate Leon Draisaitl, who finished second in scoring in the NHL this season with 84 points in 56 games and notched five points in the postseason, echoed a similar sentiment.

"No one in our dressing room is thinking about stopping," Draisaitl said. "We know we're on the right track."

The Oilers placed second in the North Division with a 35-19-2 record. Edmonton also finished second in its division last season but failed to make it past the qualifying round in the league's return to play.

Since McDavid joined the Oilers in 2015, the club has missed the playoffs entirely three times and made it to the second round just once. The 24-year-old leads the league with 574 points in 407 games since his NHL debut - 43 ahead of Patrick Kane in second.

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