Connor McDavid is set to enter the Ontario Hockey League at age 15 after being granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada.
The forward for the AAA minor midget Toronto Marlboros becomes just the third player to receive the designation following defenceman Aaron Ekblad last season and John Tavares in 2005.
The teen from Newmarket, Ont., was named Greater Toronto Hockey League's player of the year after scoring 72 points (33-39) in 33 games this season.
He was also named MVP of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.
McDavid applied for the exceptional player status and passed through a special evaluation panel that assessed his level of maturity.
The OHL draft will be held April 7.