Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid will be out “months” with a broken left clavicle according to general manager Peter Chiarelli. McDavid is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday.
“The silver lining is that he’s young. He’s a strong kid mentally and physically, he’s still developing so he’ll come back probably even stronger." Chiarelli said of the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick. “My experience with these significant injuries with younger players is they come back even stronger."
As far as the surgery Chiarelli said, “There will be plates and screws involved.”
Chiarelli said when he was briefed on the issue, it was not compared to a fractured left clavicle suffered by Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane in late February last season. Kane was supposed to be out 12 weeks, but returned five weeks early to lead the NHL in postseason scoring.
"All injuries are different. Different ages for recovery," Chiarelli said.
So far the rookie phenom has lived up to the hype with five goals and seven assists in 12 games prior to the injury.
McDavid was hurt late in the second period of Edmonton's 4-2 Tuesday night win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He tried to split Philly defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning but fell and slammed hard into the boards. McDavid got up and skated to the bench under his own power, but was clutching his shoulder area. He did not return after the play.
The Oilers are 5-8-0 on the season.
“He’s a very bright-eyed kid that comes in and makes everybody’s day." Chiarelli said. “Just because he’s young, he’s 18, I think a lot of the guys think of him as a little brother.”
Chiarelli did note that forward Jordan Eberle was close to returning. He suffered a shoulder injury in preseason. This could help soften the blow of McDavid's problem.
"What's important is to move forward. We're going to be missing him for a while and we have good players and we're getting a good player back," Chiarelli said. “Teams suffer catastrophic injuries and they figure it out.”
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