The Edmonton Oilers announced the bad news on Tuesday night.
McDavid suffered the injury during the Oilers’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers when he went crashing into the boards late in the second period. Edmonton picked up the 4-2 win, but losing McDavid has to sting.
General manager Peter Chiarelli is expected to provide more details on Wednesday, but all signs point to this being a significant injury.
“He’s disappointed, it’s disappointing to get injured,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “It’s his rookie year, things are going really well and he wants to be part of the group, which he still will be, just not in a uniform for a little while. I have a 19-year-old, I can’t imagine how he would feel if he was in the NHL in his first year and got hurt.”
The 18-year-old McDavid had five goals and seven assists for the Oilers in 13 games this season. He was just named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October and was getting set to face Sidney Crosby as the Oilers face off against the Penguins on Friday.
And now, everything has changed.
McDavid seemed to have lost an edge on the play that saw him sail into the boards with Flyers defenders Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning. He skated to the bench on his own and waited it out until the end of the second period before heading to the dressing room.
“He had a head of speed and went down awkwardly,” Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “He didn’t have anywhere to go really and the guys kind of landed on top of him. I’m not 100 percent sure what the prognosis is, but it didn’t look too good. I feel bad for him. He’s been playing so great, he’s putting the work in and it’s an unlucky play. I feel bad for him.”
If there’s anything to cling to, it’s the fact that the Oilers were down 2-1 at the time of McDavid’s injury and picked things up to score three goals in the third period. That’s something, right?
We’ll have more information on McDavid’s injury Wednesday as Chiarelli provides more details.