Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who was selected by the team with the first overall pick in this year’s NHL Amateur Draft, suffered a broken collarbone last night against the Philadelphia Flyers and will be out “long-term,” according to what coach Todd McClellan told ESPN.
McDavid suffered the injury after tripping and being pushed towards the boards by Flyers defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning.
The 18-year-old’s NHL career was off to a great start, as he had posted five goals and seven assists in just 13 games, though he had a plus-minus of -4 and Edmonton is 5-8-0 on the year, ranking them fifth in the Pacific Division and 11th in the Western Conference.
Needless to say, McDavid is a significant loss to an Oilers team looking to get back to being a winning team and make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Edmonton has a solid young core in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz (currently out for the next 2-4 weeks with a back injury), but McDavid is a special young talent who will only help take the team forward.
Hopefully, he recovers quickly and gets back on the ice soon.
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