Wayne Gretzky looks down from the stands at what is evolving at the top of the Edmonton Oilers roster, and sees what he once witnessed from ice level.

"Mark and I never looked at each other like we expected the other guy to do this, or do that," he said of he and Mark Messier. "We just knew our roles and what we brought to the hockey club, and we pushed each other to make it that much more of a contribution to the group."

"You can see that now with the two of them," Gretzky continued, turning his attention to Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. "They’re very unselfish with each other — they have no egos — and as important as Connor is to Leon, Leon is to Connor. A lot like Mark and I were."