After a slow start to the 2015-2016 campaign, it appeared as if the Edmonton Oilers were starting to turn things around in their recent contests. Those efforts were dealt a major blow during Tuesday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers however, as rookie phenom Connor McDavid was forced to leave the game with an upper-body injury.
During the second period, McDavid lost his footing and crashed into the end boards. Attempting to check the forward, Flyers defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon crashed in after him; possibly exacerbating the injury.
The Oilers revealed on Wednesday that McDavid broke his left clavicle on the play and will need surgery. Though general manager Peter Chiarelli did not reveal an exact timetable for recovery, he said that he expected McDavid to be sidelined for “months.”
“He’s a strong kid, mentally and physically,” said Chiarelli. “He’s still developing and he’s going to come back stronger.”
Selected first overall by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, McDavid was as-advertised during the early goings of the season. The 18-year-old currently leads all rookies in scoring, with five goals and 12 points in 13 games.
The Oilers have been bitten by the injury bug hard already this season. Through Tuesday’s game, they have lost 36 man-games. McDavid is just the latest to head to the shelf, as the team is already without Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Rob Klinkhammer and Lauri Korpikoski due to various injuries.