The Edmonton Oilers worst fear have come true. Connor McDavid, rookie phenom and the 2015 NHL draft No. 1 pick has suffered an upper body injury during the Oilers home win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Connor McDavid, the leagues top prospect, will be kept out of the lineup “long term” according to head coach Todd McLellan.
Multiple media sources report that McDavid suffered a fractured collarbone but Peter Chiarelli, the Oilers GM, has declined to provide details until later today.
“He’s got an upper-body injury that is going to keep him out long term,” said McLellan. “It was a hockey play, he went to the net hard like he always does, he comes off that wing with a lot of speed. Three guys got tangled up in the corner. It was a hockey play.
Near the end of the second period, Connor McDavid burst into the Philadelphia Flyers’ zone on a one-on-two rush. After getting a shot off he crashed hard into the end boards. Here’s the play where the injury happened.
Fans and teammates were quick to voice their concerns and extend well wishes to the rookie.
“It’s never good when someone doesn’t come back in a game and he’s a guy who would be on the ice any time he could, so that doesn’t bode well,” said Edmonton left-winger Taylor Hall. “We’ll see what the prognosis is, but you never want to see a guy out of the lineup, especially one just starting out his career.