McDavid injury update

We won’t know the official status of Connor McDavid until tomorrow morning, when GM Peter Chiarelli addresses the media, but it sounds like he injured his clavicle. “It will be long-term, he will be out for awhile,” said Todd McLellan after the game.

Here is what a sports doctor tweeted.

TSN Insider Bob McKenzie wrote:

It could have been worse, so McKenzie’s tweet might soften the blow in Oilersnation, but it is still devastating news for a team and fanbase that has seen this movie too many times.

It is disappointing, no doubt, but the Oilers can’t feel sorry for themselves. They need to respond they same way they did in the third period tonight versus the Flyers. They controlled the play, and scored three goals for another come-from-behind victory.

Taylor Hall finished the game with three points, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and Leon Draisaitl chipped in with two assists. That trio will need to carry the offence until McDavid returns.

The rest of the team will also need to rally and try to fill the offensive void left by McDavid. Injuries are a part of the game, and if the Oilers are going to be competitive in the future, or this season, they need to show they can compete without McDavid.

It won’t be easy, but they have no other choice. While no one centre will be able to replace McDavid’s production, certain forwards will need to step up.

Anton Lander could be promoted to the second line for the time being. Todd McLellan put him there in the third period, and he could keep him there instead of disrupting his first and third lines.

The Hall/RNH/Draisaitl trio is rolling, so keeping them together for now makes sense. The Hendricks/Letestu/Purcell trio was very good tonight as well, so keeping them in place makes sense.

Promoting Lander means Iiro Pakarinen can centre the fourth line for now. Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot need to prove they can produce with McDavid. 

When Jordan Eberle returns, which occur as early as Sunday, Mclellan can re-think his lines, and possibly move Drasaitl to the middle, but I’d be leery of moving him off the wing based on how well he has clicked with Hall and RNH.

Hall is on fire with 10 points in his last four games, and if the Oilers hope to stay close to the playoff cutoff spot he must continue to be the offensive driver of the team. He and RNH will likely be playing 21+ minutes a night for the foreseeable future.

The last thing the Oilers needed was another injury to one of their star players. It was an unlucky hockey play. It wasn’t cheap, dirty or vicious. He just lost an edge and crashed heavily into the boards. I don’t think anyone is to blame. This isn’t a “training” issue, or a lack of team toughness. 

It is simply bad luck. Maybe it is a good thing the Oilers are leaving Rexall, because the organization has had a black cloud hanging over them for the past nine seasons, and a new arena might be exactly what this team needs to end the string of injuries that have plagued them since 2010.

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  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Better the collarbone than a shoulder. This is frustrating as all hell, but there was no dirty play there. As someone said above, this is something that comes with the territory. He probably would have been ok, but the guys landing on top of him prevented him from bracing himself.

    On the plus side, Hall – Nuge – Drai are on an absolute tear. If they can keep it up, we might be OK until Connor returns. Ebs should be back soon as well, and that will be huge for the team.

  • RedMan

    Tough break for a good kid and awesome hockey player.

    However, all those complaining about the little tug or nudge from the flyers, I never hear you complaining when your team was riding Gaudreau hard, nailing him into the boards, and slashing his hands every chance the got.

    As for ON folks who openly wished for teeth to be knocked out with sucker punches and injuries to other teams…

    hello karma.

      • Jay (not J)

        Anyone who thinks that karma dictates that Connor McDavid will get injured because Oilers hockey fans want to see Johnny G. get injured (not saying they do) has absolutely no idea what the word karma even means and shouldn’t use it.
        At the same time, we should ALL be bigger than getting sucked in by the puerile taunts of Jeff in Lethbridge.

        • RedMan

          Please, tell me what karma means, I don’t know obviously. FYI I had no desire for anyone to be injured, not even after oiler fans wished it upon flames players with cheap shots. It was just a reminder that those who wish injury on others were getting a taste of their 9wn wishes. Maybe oiler fans here on FN didn’t mean it when they wished it upon others… they were “just kidding” maybe.

  • Headlines: ALL IS WELL, ANTON LANDER, IS HEAR!

    This guy is going to take McDavids place? He can’t even take his own place.

    I know he has a lot of fans here, but this guy is a total dud the way he has played.

    PS.. There is not much more down on the farm, all the top point guys are AHL,lifers.

  • TKB2677

    I think Letestu should centre the second line.

    When Eberle returns…. Oilers will have to consider moving Drai to second line centre (assuming the Hall RNH Drai line is not hot anymore)…

    I am gonna guess McDavid is out 8-10 weeks.

    Which means about 30+ games…

    So he should be good for the second half of the season.