Report: Connor McDavid is Weeks Ahead of Schedule

Mark Spector is reporting that Connor McDavid’s broken angel wing is “weeks ahead of schedule.” Together, we’re going to take a look at what that means.

It goes without saying that Connor McDavid is water to the Edmonton Oilers – without him they’re weak and on the verge of death. Last night, the Edmonton Oilers made the 26th place Carolina Hurricanes look like champions at life.

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By comparison, the Hurricanes looked like thoroughbred horses, running through a meadow. The Oilers? They were like the rat that couldn’t carry pizza down the stairs. They’re fun to watch for a minute but nothing you’d want in your house long term. If hockey games could be a smell that one was a fart, and likely proof that the Oilers aren’t going to make the playoffs… again.

That brings me back to Connor McDavid. If that beautifully resculpted clavicle can mend itself back together again early enough Connor McDavid might find himself right back in the calder race. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First let’s look at what Peter Chiarelli actually said in Spector’s article.

“He’s ahead of schedule. 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.”


“I can tell you that when it comes time, he is going to want to come back a lot earlier than what we forecast internally.”

IT’S A FESTIVUS MIRACLE! Okay, I’m doing that thing again. I’m probably getting overstimulated – I need to sit down. Feeling faint. Connor McDavid I miss youuuuuuuu. Back to the interview…

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“It’ll be interesting. We’ll make the best decision for the organization and Connor.”

BAH! That’s boring. Peter Chiarelli is a tight lipped man, and you would expect him to be. Chiarelli isn’t going to tell us anything useful. This information is going to be harder to acquire than I had expected, and we’re going to have to go back to the tape. Spector also had quotes from McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson. What did the agent have to say?

“He’s feeling really good. He’s getting treatment, working on different things. He’s one of those athletes, if he’s told to do something he’ll do it to the N’th degree. There are no shortcuts with this kid.”

Yes, we know. Connor McDavid is a finely sculpted wonder child. What else?

“He wants to get back as soon as he can. He hates watching, and he wants to be on the ice with his teammates as soon as he can. I know it’s a cliche, but he hates it.”


“No one is going to rush him back for the sake of having him back. If you picked a date, I’d add a week onto it. They’re not in the playoff race. They’re right there in games, but…”

But what? Are you implying that the Oilers are awful or something? Finish your thought…

“He’s like a thoroughbred. You can’t keep him in the barn. Last year (while with Erie in junior) he broke his hand. The first day after he got the cast off he was on the ice shooting. Looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. He went right into the World Junior camp.”

Alright, so I cut out a bunch of the boring filler out of the article but the point remains the same. Connor McDavid is defying expectations again. In my opinion, both Peter Chiarelli and McDavid’s agent seem to be waiting for him to blow away their expectations, even in terms of his health. And why shouldn’t he be able to? Every time someone seems to doubt Connor McDavid he shows up and proves them wrong in empathic style.

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Can he dominate in the NHL? Damned right he can. Can he take over games all by himself? Got it on tape, bro. Can he gain the respect of his teammates to the point where they’re calling HIM a leader in the room? Already done, compadre. Who’s to say he can’t sit in the mirror and scream at his collarbone until that mother trucker magically heals itself? I’m not going to say never.

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If Connor McDavid can convince his man boy bones to heal faster than Gord bless him. Let’s break it down: If that angel wing of his can fly by January 12th that leaves 39 games for him to chip away at the rookie scoring lead. The current rookie leader is Artemi Panarin with 23 points in 22 games, and it would be difficult to catch him, but if anyone could hypothetically do it wouldn’t you bet on Connor McDavid? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, this player is bigger than a Calder trophy.

If he can come back with nearly half a season left to play things might change around here. The Oilers looked to be hitting their stride when McDavid went down, and I’d be willing to bet that his addition could have them reaching that level again. Will it be too late to save the season? Probably. For me just knowing that we’re a day closer to watch Connor play, and his bone is doing everything it can to help, that’s a win enough for me. After last night, I think we all need a win.




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  • hagar

    Seriously? Guys like Hall, Nuge and Eberle are going to wait until an 18 year old wunderkid comes back so they can start winning games again? I’m getting sick of this depressing bunch of losers on this team. Some of these guys have been here going on six years now. Like come on? Is there no deal out there for some good defence and some guys who play with heart? This team rarely ever shows up to play, they have major culture issues and don’t play as a team. No glue guys and no team guys here it’s all pad stats and lose games. Spot the other team a goal or three and let’s coma back for the win. This season is already toast. Might as well trade that lottery pick for something useful. Big aggressive or just aggressive players and let them play for each other. This core is beyond rotten.

  • Puck JammeR!

    I would absolutely love for Connor to return but the Oil must make sure he is completely 100% healthy.

    Also, is it just me or is it a bit weird that the team released this news a day after the biggest disappointment of a game all year that had all of Oilers Nation flipping out.

    Oh who cares, all hail McDavid. Come and save us.

  • for him to be already be weeks ahead of schedule only three weeks into a 10-12 week injury, he’d have to be healing at twice the speed of a normal person.

    first his skills, then his suspiciously polished off-ice demeanour, now this??

    he is… the one

  • Don’t start adjusting your sweats and loading up your coffee tables with moist towlette packs just yet. With the potential Connor has I can’t see any possible way the team clears him for full speed game contact unless he’s at least 110%. His bones will knit fast because he’s young but clavicles take alot of stress and I don’t want him anywhere near a crushing check until those bones are solid.

    Connor-less hockey is excruciating but I’m OK if he’s on the shelf for another couple of weeks past when he “thinks” he can play.

    Besides, the comments sections are gold these days. It is a 100% proven fact* that when the Oilers win the comedy generated by happy fans is nowhere as good as when they’re losing their minds after another moral victory.

    *Actually no shred of evidence whatsoever

  • bradleypi

    Well here’s a story that’s nothing new too oiler fans. An injured top 6 forward that is healing faster than expected….. or in other words “the fans are starting to show their feathers because we suck so let’s rush the kid back to shut them up.” Happens every year and never works out well for anyone. Same old oilers…..

  • 5 Cups

    I can’t wait till he’s back however I would still like to see a trade in the meantime. Everyone talks about the core, well this core is rotten like a half eaten apple that has been sitting on the counter for a week. Other than McDavid I don’t see how one of the guys in the top 6 can’t be traded for something that can solidify the back end ASAP…bold moves remember?

  • hagar

    Great news!!

    And for those that question if he will be rushed back, the oilers can afford doctors that can afford machines that can measure bone density.

    They aren’t going to say he is clear unless the fancy doctors say he is truly 100 percent.

    The original time frame put forth for a broken collar bone was over the top, it’s not surprising he is ahead of that schedule being so young and having the best care possible.

    Yay Connor!

    • ChillyPepper

      There are pros and cons to having the surgery on a clavicle. One of the most respected elbow and shoulder surgeons (ASES) who specializes in athletes doesn’t clear his patients, after surgery to the clavicle, for 16 weeks.

      The sooner he is brought back the higher the risk of re-operation, plate breakage, loosening, and frozen shoulder. If he is brought back too soon, he is at a crazy high risk of re-injury. It’s not worth it.

      He may be young and heal great, but he is an athlete who on any given day puts more strain on his bones than most of us do all year. I broke my pelvis when I was 20, I healed great and was right back into sports 12 weeks later. I sure feel it now. These injuries have a way of coming back to bite us in the back side.

      I don’t think Edmonton has the best medical money can buy, it’s good, but far from the best. The medical here does not compare to the care in the USA…. They just don’t see the volume of patients and cases here.

      • Rem99

        actually Edmonton’s health care is considered world class and leading in many fields. quantity doesn’t equal quality. The Dr’s here spend more time with their patients and developing as doctors. Many of the programs here from our stollery to the research being done at the UoA are well regarded.

        Also its just a broken clavicle on a 18 year old kid. He’s gonna be just fine.

        • Serious Gord

          On the whole, high-end read: ground-breaking, medicine is much better in the US than anywhere else on earth. That’s the reason many of my clients go there using their own $ to get care that is poorer or completely unavailable here.

          Our Stalinist system – shared only by cuba and north korea – is one of the biggest laggards in the western world by comparison.

          That said, broken clavicle treatment likely isn’t much different here than there.

      • The Soup Fascist

        Good point.

        The United States does have ten times the population of Canada. And combined with the 240 hours per day that doctors in the States have to see patients – of course they have more volume.

        Wait …. that can’t be right ……

        Damned metric system.

  • Rem99

    Maybe the Oilers have to start with a “NEW” core of players? i.e. McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse, Kleffbom, Yakupov, Reinhart and trade the old core for some fresh players to compliment these. (old core is Eberle, Hall, Schultz and Hopkins)