Connor McDavid did this to a puck. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Erie Otters phenom Connor McDavid did something at practice Tuesday his coaches – heck, anybody – can ever remember seeing: he made a puck explode.

No, the picture you see above you is not computer-generated trickery. That is a shattered puck. Junior hockey phenom Connor McDavid did that. Not with the assistance of any explosive materials, but with his hands and a hockey stick. Is the NHL ready for this kid? Pucks, apparently, are not.

McDavid didn’t break this poor, innocent puck during a game. He was at practice Tuesday with his Erie Otters team, when, according to assistant coach and former NHLer Jay McKee, the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft did something he’d never seen in all his time at hockey rinks.

The grand majority of junior hockey players have to adjust to the NHL. But the more we see of the 17-year-old McDavid, the more it seems the NHL is going to have to adjust to him.

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When even pucks have to fear for their safety, McDavid’s opponents ought to be very afraid.