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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    • XL Lebowski

      Who cares if he wins the scoring title. I want to win get into the playoffs and win it all.

      I think Oilers fans have a tendency to put too much emphasis on points rather than wins. Wins matter points especially regular season points are IMO meaningless. Playoff wins and points matter (See Chicago, LA).

      I guess everyone is playing Fan Duel or Draft Kings.

      By the way the Flyers are a mess.

      • Spiel

        Ever notice how the Oilers PA announcer is the only one who announces how many points a player has as part of the goal announcements?

        Culture of the individual, not team.

  • If you watch the play his head was very vulnerable as well. Broken clavicle sucks no doubt but we all know this isn’t any ordinary kid. He will give his all to heal and get back in the game. The entire hockey community will be pulling for him.

    Collision had the potential to be much much worse.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      Yes, it could have been worse. Hopefully the team rallies and makes a strong push for a playoff spot.

      Patrick Kane had the same injury last spring and came back in time for the playoffs after recovering from surgery.

      Then he helped lead the Hawks to the Stanley Cup.

      If Connor could do the same for us, now that would be a Cinderella story.

  • @Gregor

    Why do,you say this was “a Hockey play”.

    The way I see the replay is that you have McDavid beating Manning to the outside at 37.1 km/h (according to TSN), then a close up view of Manning now a half stride behind McDavid ( pretty sure he can’t skate backwards at 37 km/h) who then reaches and grabs the pants and part of the jersey spinning McDavid into awkward position out of control not able to protect himself in the ensuing collision.

    How is that a “Hockey Play” …. I thought it was called “a penalty”?

    • Craig1981

      I think “a penalty” is when the player get a penalty. Pretty sure Manning didn’t get a penalty. I hate he was hurt, but watch the play in slow motion, he just loses an edge on his left skate. Manning didn’t push him.

    • Craig1981

      You’re spot on re: what happened; he had him beat and was clutched and spun causing McD to lose an edge. Should be a penalty, but Drew R called it a “hockey play” at the time, and since then that’s been what media types have spun it as.

      Sad for him, mostly; Oil will continue on a learning path without him, and based on the way they played tonight,especially re: team defence, they’ll be OK given more secure net minding and with D starting to gel.

    • Mike Modano's Dog

      You’re absolutely right, Slats.

      But that is only part one of that play, and it is simple physics. McDavid steaming in at an angle. His pants being twisted BACKWARDS according to his positioning and Conner McDavid is obviously going to leave his feet and lose all footing. With the speed he was going and the angle of his body now turned backwards unsuspectedly, he will clearly crash – and hard!! Considering HOW CLOSE he was to the boards and the speed he was going, this is already a very dangerous play.

      Part two. With no good reason to do so – the same player, as soon as Connor loses his footing (but while he is still skating forward perfectly fine himself) leaves his feet, not falling but purposefully JUMPING HEADFIRST…actually helmet-first like a weapon into Connor McDavid’s head and upper body simultaneously slamming it into the boards THAT MUCH HARDER!

      INTENT TO INJURE, period! If you watch it slow you will see this, too!

      I knew something caused Connor McDavid to not just lose his footing, but fall backwards while doing it at an angle that didn’t make sense initially – a rut in the ice won’t do that. (RNH’s injury from a rut in the ice shows he is going the same basic direction and then his body follows that rut into the boards.) Connor was lifted up, flying into the air, he didn’t ‘fall’ down, but lifted up.

      This was a classic case of a virtual nobody injuring the best player in hockey who had just embarrassed him on the play just prior.

      I’m glad Yakupov took two runs at him near the end of the game – but this guy deserves much, much worse than that. A suspension, and a lengthy one in my opinion is what he deserves. It was just a matter of time before someone Bobby Orr’d McDavid.

      I do agree the other player defending on the play, Michael Del Zotto, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and couldn’t really go anywhere else. Yes, he crashed into the pile too but simply ended up there. He took no actions to hurl himself unnaturally as anything but a course of where he was ending up on the play.

      It is borderline criminal to me that the other guy should inexplicably launch himself into McDavid’s head after sending him hurtling into the boards – so hard and so close to the boards. If you slow it down, you will see that he did both, separate things, at two different times. Did it happen fast – yes, but players who know the game that well would be very familiar with body positioning and what will take a player off his feet if you apply just the right pressure at the right point while a player is heading in a given direction while his body is turned at the same time.

      This player should get the same treatment the guy got who clobbered Gretzky so hard (much cleaner than this play, that was just a really hard body-check). This guy’s career should also be over, just like that other player received too. That would be fair, although still not equal because unlike Connor, he is NOT the best, or going to be, the best player in the world…

      I am really upset by this!! Nobody wants to see anyone injured, but in the course of a game when it happens naturally that is entirely understandable. I felt the same way I did when I watched the player who ‘didn’t see’ Crosby’s face and concussed him in the outdoor game…despite the fact he was skating directly towards him at the time with nobody in between them. ‘Jeff Gillooly’ tactics have no place in sports – ever, no matter how good the player is or how badly you want to win! “If you’re not cheating you’re not trying” does not apply to injuring a player’s brain or their body, possibly for life, or worse…in order to win. “Win at any cost” also does not fly when it comes as an excuse to ending a player’s career. Bobby Orr was a real shame as well. Somebody has to put a stop to this – now!

      The NHL should step up, but I won’t hold my breath. I bet he gets nothing. I just wanted to point out that the player’s actions were not accidental. It was very purposeful – and deliberate. His actions, when viewed slowly and closely, show that clearly in my opinion. I was hoping I wouldn’t see something like that when slowing it down – and was sickened by what I saw…and still am.

      I will always be, too, like Gary Suter injuring Gretzky’s back permanently, long after he scored, and our superstar goalie Grant Fuhr getting his shoulder separated by a vicuous body-check into the end boards when he didn’t have the puck. Low blows, and neither Gretzky or Fuhr ever recovered fully from either of those dirty plays. They still played, but if you saw the lighting fast glove hand Fuhr used to possess before he had his shoulder separated you will see what I mean. He was still my favourite goalie to watch – but you can’t do what your body won’t let you, because it just isn’t possible anymore. That’s why we have to protect the players on the ice, and make sure they are never injured by ‘non-hockey’ plays.

      And for the record the analysts after the game admitted that player tugged on McDavid’s pants sending him crashing into the boards. It wasn’t a rut that caused that crash and potential season-ending injury!

      • Anton CP

        This reminds me how some thugs can still hold a job in NHL, they are very good at hiding their true intend and called it a “hockey play”. Matt Cooke was the same, he did purposely injured Karlsson but he hid it so well that he can sell it as an accident. Cooke may have tried multiple times to use skate to cut into other’s legs but normally it is not as easy to do so it was not noticed, however if you keep on trying the same crap that it will work eventually. Manning is an undrafted likely career AHLer with already 1000+ P/M during his junior and minor league career. With that kind of number that I seriously doubt it was just a simple hockey play, those kinds of moves are what earned him a spot on an NHL team.

        • Mike Modano's Dog

          Agreed, even Karlsson himself – in a VERY RARE move, suggested that he thought Matt Cooke purposely did that, yet tried to make it look like an accident. It’s really cheap, and infuriating…and you feel so bad for the player that happens to. Could you imagine someone cutting your Achilles tendon purposely?! They’d be in jail for years!!

          And for the record I LOVE physical hockey. That’s the way I played it, both dishing it out AND taking it…even loved the hits I received, because that was honest hockey – exciting, fast paced, and so fun nothing could possibly replace it! But this ISN’T that. It’s the exact opposite, and the most cowardly act possible on ice. Especially when fighting is allowed if you have a bone to pick with someone on the ice, and there is a way to do it man to man. If you can’t do that straight up yet still try to hurt someone, then not only should you not be playing – you’re no man in my books… (All respect to the ladies in the sport and how tough they play too…it’s just the only saying I could think of to get my point across! Wish there was a better way I knew to say it though because you ladies have a lot of courage for playing the game the right way – whenever I’ve played with you or against you, and respecting the game like you do!!) So what would that leave them with to be called then: pathetic, courage-adverse, little insignificant gnats. Yeah – that’ll work just fine! 😀

      • O.C.

        Congrats! You just won the award for longer comment than the article commented on.

        No seriously… I’m impressed

        I’m not gonna pretend like I read a single word you obviously spent so much time typing out… But judging by the the sheer length of time it took me to scroll over your comment, I can tell it took you some time to type out.

        I’m not being sarcastic. Seriously. I truly applaud your obvious interest in the team, and I am almost certain you brought up some sort of point

        I probably took longer to type out this reply then it would’ve taken me to read your essay. So really… I’m the idiot

        Basically, what I’m saying is that anyone who just read this wasted their time

  • Señor Frijoles

    Broken collarbone (if that’s what it is) is a MUCH better outcome than a separated shoulder/ligament damage. Bones generally heal completely while a damaged ligament is never quite the same – even for an 18 year old. Hate to say “best case scenario” but this could have been much worse news.

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    bummer but….we don’t need to rely on McDavid he’s 18! Eb’s is back Leon has 2C. alls well Oil country!(as long as Schultz is out)Hendricks should be our Captain. (My opinion Gents!)

    • OtOil

      I agree with you. Nothing succeeds like success. Even with the pending loss of McDavid the Oil are a better and deeper team than we have seen around these parts for 9 seasons. Short-circuiting your best offensive line doesn’t make sense. Draisaitl has taken a major and consistent step forward and the opportunity is going to continue to be out there for this line.

      • Craig1981

        I find discussion of the Eberle return interesting. Drai has been lighting it up, so keeping him with Hall and Nuge makes sense. At the same time, Yak went on a seven game scoring streak and ON commentators were suggesting replacing Yak with Eberle. Seems a bit odd.

          • Mike Modano's Dog

            Yak was one of the top scoring Oilers late last season when Roy was his Center.

            So your claim seems unreasonable. Whether Yak will have the same chemistry with a new Center that he had with Roy or McDavid is yet to be seen, but the fact that Roy and McDavid are two very different centers and yet Yak was able to perform very well, demonstrates that he’s probably still going to do well.

    • Craig1981

      I feel your pain!! I’ve been trashed once before too and I took it to heart. But just like you, an article was written and completely justified my point!! Pretty sure this makes us best friends

  • BC BOY

    Grabbing the pants like that should’ve been a penalty.

    I’m sure Manning didn’t intend to injure, but a dirty play is a dirty play, regardless of the outcome.

  • Craig1981

    If this is a worst case scenario with McD’s injury taking up to 3 months to fully heal I wonder if the Oil keep him out for the remainder of the season particularly if the Oil are out of the playoffs. He might not get back untill early February. They might be better off letting that injury and potential surgery totally heal so he can be fully recovered and start next year bigger and stronger.

    I don’t want to see that happen but I’m just pondering the various possibilities.

    • O.C.

      Not gonna happen, when mcdavid is ready and cleared to play he will be playing. This kid will be insane not being able to play. He will continue to play the same way he has been playing once he gets back.

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    Slats is dead on. When you watch the replay at full speed you can even see the moment Mannings left hand tugs on McDavids right hip. That causes him to lose the edge on his planted shooting leg. Not that 2 minutes would have made a difference in the final score, the damage was done.

    Manning just took top spot of most hated man in Edmonton. And that’s saying something.

  • Craig1981

    Edmonton has never had a Calder winner, so this injury pretty well assures they won’t have one this year. It’s not bad really. Gretzky never won the Calder (on a technicality) and it never slowed him or the Oilers down. It sucks McDavid is injured, but he will rebound. Maybe Draisitl takes his spot when Eberle gets back. That way they hopefully don’t miss a beat. It might give Draisitl a chance to emerge

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    *sigh* plays like that make me question if this is the new high scoring, free wheeling Nhl that we thought Mcdavid was entering. If a world class talent can’t make that play without being bushwacked, I don’t think the game is ready for players of Connor’s ilk.

    This was a blatant display of a prototypical plug chewing up minutes because of his size. If defencemen are still getting away with these tactics then I beg to differ with anyone who says skill is up. We’ve come a long way since the clutch and grab era but this play just set NHL back 15 years.

    According to the latest rules a guy like McD should be able to speed up without having his collarbone broken.

    Also I hate to say it but clean or not there should always be retribution for this. Don’t care if it’s the league filing for discipline but if you know they won’t then that’s the time to throw hands.

    I know injuries are part of the game but if the most gifted player on the planet can’t go a dozen games without getting disfigured, NHL needs to make a change and our whole bench should clear. Clean play or not, it’s Mcdavid.

    We’ve been watching this happen to our young stars for five years now. Hell! Half our top six are gonna be cyborgs by the time they’re 30 *see Hemsky.

  • Lyxdeslic

    Didn’t Pouliot play centre at some point in his career? Yak-Pou-Ebs line? I know this would be a pipe dream but weirder things have happened….. we did win the McLottery against all odds

    • Anton CP

      In my eyes… Draisaitl was drafted as a center… He’s just starting his career and had a rough go of it last year in the big leagues. But he’s came up and got some confidence on the wing. I think you gotta atleast give him a game in the middle and see how he looks. A little sooner than you would hope… But this is the exact type of situation why it’s nice having natural centres playing wing. Just not sure Pouliot and Yak are the wingers you wanna put with him… Might wanna shuffle the lines.

      If I was coach, I’d go


      Hall-Drai- ??Purcell I guess??

      When’s ebs coming back again? I just hope this doesn’t rush him into it

    • Bi-Curious Gord

      Is that because you just found out Serious Gord isn’t bisexual and you’re entire identity on oilersnation makes you look like you’re one of his bitter ex girl friends??

  • Rocklobzter

    Is this because we refused to offer the shoulder of Yakupov, the rightful heir to the 1st overall shoulder-sacrifice, and we’ve angered the hockey gods?

  • O.C.

    The second I saw him get lit up by Virtanen as he skated head down I knew this kid was not generational. . Now he’s proven it. This ain’t the Juniors, you’re gonna get hurt thinking you can get away with the same little dipsydoodles. .guess he’s found that out.

    Wonder if Messier is on the phone to him about it..Conner? You gotta see this…


      This post almost made me wish for the Gestapo Nerd Squad that FN is now employing. They would save us from any dissenting views that may hurt our feelings.
      Then I realized only sad little Flames fans needed to be protected.
      Oilers fans live for the hate from the rest of the league, it proves they’re afraid of what is to come.
      If it takes an injury to an 18 year old rising star to make Ultrathinskin poke his head out of the sand that just proves it more.

      • Canoe Ride 27.1

        Don’t let ultrathinzigzags get to you.. he even annoys Flames fans. He’s a special kind of troll.

        But if anyone on here is interested.. all you need is a few volunteers to monitor each thread, each time an idiot like this comes on you just delete the comment. It has been significantly better on Flames Nation, even though the trolls still try.

        As far as the McDavid injury.. it was bound to happen sooner or later.. he plays hard. The NHL is a fast game. Injuries happen, even freak ones, no one is immune to them unless your name is Jay Boumeester.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      A request to the ON moderators.

      Why do we have to continue to put up with the drek and drivel the immature person at the IP address behind the ultrathinzigzags handle continues to spew on this website?

      I guarantee you, if Johnny Gaudreau was injured and someone from ON posted this kind of crap on Flames Nation, their comments would be removed and their handle and IP address banned from the site.

      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a bit of friendly trash talking between rival fans but this guys comments are just plain hateful.

    • fisherprice

      So because he caught a rut and fell awkwardly into the end boards on what can only be described as a freak accident, he’s not generational? You are officially the dumbest person to ever comment on this page. I think it’s time you go and buck a fuffalo and head back to your Lamesnation page or whatever bridge you crawled out from under.

      • Jay (not J)

        LOL. These guys are tools. The internet is chockablock full today with tiny little Canucks fans squealing in joy over McDavid’s injury. The police in Vancouver should be on their toes. Could be a riot tonight.

  • O.C.

    And in response to the Holy One being run thru the end boards the team including self proclaimed sheriff Nurse usual. They skated him to the bench

    Wow what an embarassment. The more things change in Edmonton the more they stay the same. What a bunch of cowards, that’s completely gross

  • O.C.

    The players didn’t have opportunity to watch the hi lights of what happened until after the game. They now know.

    I dare Philadelphia to play Manning March 3rd. They may not as this guy is a bum.

    Either way though, the forecast in Philadelphia that day is for pain, and lots of it.

  • Serious Gord

    In going to guess, based on his seeming lack of pain and that he didn’t immediately leave the bench and then was seen in a sling after wards that the collarbone break was a clean one.

    Clean ones do not need surgery and can heal as quickly as four weeks though more like six to eight. But that’s just a mildly educated guess.

    What isn’t a guess it the havoc this injury is going to create in the league. November was going to be the mcdavid invasion of eastern North America and California. The invasion of the media markets in other words. The biggest thing in hockey since Gretzky – yes Gretzky. Crosby’s entry was overshadowed by the lockout and he had to share the limelight with ovechkin. Lemieux and Lindros were playing while Gretz was still playing.

    The host teams were among up their fanbases, the broadcasters and advertisers were as well. The league had made changes to the schedule requiring that every team play at least one game in every other teams are a for just this occasion – to market the generational players across the entire league. Mcdavid was going to become the face of the franchise. That Crosby is struggling mightily so far in the season even helped clear the stage for mcdavid arrival.

    And November was the month:

    Nine games on the road-

    Chi, Ana,Arizona,los Angeles,and then the first trip east – wash, Carolina,Detroit Pitt and,of course, Toronto.

    Millions of fans watching mcdavid in their barn on tv, in their time zone with their local commentators doing the intros against their team. Scalped tickets sales through the roof. Merch sales, ads ads and Etc. It was going be a glorious, cash drenched month for the league right before college football and Nfl playoffs started to really get back the attention.

    And that’s all gone now because some eighteen year-old broke his collarbone.

    It’s a real shame. Not just for the PR and revenue losses, but because fans in those eastern teams will have to wait at least another year for Conner to come visit them. And by then it just won’t be the same.

    And that makes me sad for them and the league and its fans. It was going to be glorious.