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Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick Connor McDavid out with broken collarbone

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qp9Wq4gc7s

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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