Connor McDavid Injury: Updates on Oilers Star's Collarbone and Recovery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) skates off the ice during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid suffered a fractured collarbone after crashing into the boards on Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers

McDavid underwent successful surgery on Nov. 4 and missed extended time but is ready to return.

Continue for updates. 

McDavid to Play vs. Blue Jackets

Monday, Feb. 1

Ryan Rishaug of TSN reported McDavid will play on Tuesday vs. Columbus.

McDavid Comments on Recovery, Potential Return

Monday, Jan. 25

"Management and I came together and agreed to go to Bakersfield for a few days and skate and keep practicing," McDavid told the Oilers website on Sunday. "It's a long break between now and then, just going to skate and get ready for what hopefully is a return on [Feb. 2]." He added:

The practices are a little bit more intense, with a lot of battling and stuff like that. It will be good to be involved in that and hopefully come back feeling good and ready to go for the 2nd. Obviously, with this long break, it's not ideal to go and sit around for eight days and then try to come back and feel good. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to feel good and be ready to go when I come back.

The Oilers also posted a video of McDavid participating in the Oilers' annual skills competition:

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Snipe-show courtesy @cmcdavid97! 🎯 https://t.co/wRZQbNa9GP

McDavid's Agent Comments on Recovery

Friday, Dec. 18

“Connor is not shooting yet,” said agent Jeff Jackson, who addedon the report that McDavid is skating, per Mark Spector of Sportsnet. “The Oilers have a timeline, with different milestones where he can do certain things on the ice. He’ll move towards puck-handling soon. It will be up to the doctors and the therapists [when he begins to shoot pucks].”

McDavid's Recovery Timeline Revealed

Saturday, Nov. 28

Spector reported McDavid is "weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery:

Though no one would offer a firm date for McDavid’s return, at this rate the betting is that he could be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup in mid-to-late January, rather than the early March return originally forecasted by the team.

“He’s ahead of schedule,” Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said, “He’s been in the pool, been lifting weights… There are no soft tissue injuries, which is important. When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery.”

On Nov. 3, TSN's Darren Dreger, via ProHockeyTalk, reported the "best-case scenario" for McDavid's return is seven to eight weeks.

McDavid Leaves vs. Flyers After Collision 

Tuesday, Nov. 3

McDavid's Injury Was Big Blow for Oilers' Rebuild

The Oilers selected McDavid with the first pick in the 2015 draft, and he was immediately tabbed as the franchise's savior at just 18 years old. As a result, sky-high expectations were thrust upon the youngster. 

"How many 18-year-olds have his ability?" Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby asked in September, per Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy. "I’m sure they’re high, as they should be, but for him you just have to enjoy the process and make sure he doesn’t get too caught up in that."

In the first 12 games of his debut campaign, McDavid tallied five goals and seven assists while posting a plus/minus rating of minus-three. 

Edmonton has missed the playoffs every year since appearing in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, and McDavid is considered the piece that can help accelerate the franchise's return to the postseason.

While McDavid's rookie season hasn't been without early struggles, losing him to injury hampered the team's ability to remain competitive on a night-to-night basis.


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