As reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, it is expected that Connor McDavid will undergo surgery on a fractured left clavicle. The Oilers are set to have a 10:30 AM MT press conference.
Connor McDavid expected to have surgery to repair fractured clavicle.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 4, 2015
Tough pill to swallow especially given that McDavid has been on a tear after a slow start to the season; it’s actually devastating. We can sit and play doctor as much as we like, but the truth is that we won’t know more until the press conference.
As noted by Bob McKenzie on twitter earlier, Patrick Kane fractured his clavicle on February 24, 2014 and was given a 12 week prognosis. He was able to return to play seven weeks later in game one of the playoffs.
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli briefly addressed the media this morning reporting that Connor McDavid will miss “months” with a fractured clavicle that will require both plates and screws.
Again, the news received today can only be described as devastating. The best part of the entire presser was when Chiarelli was asked if he believed in curses. Well I sure do. How else can you explain Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and now Connor McDavid missing time in their rookie years? Quite bizarre.
None the less, the team will need to rebound strongly after suffering the loss of McDavid. Looking ahead, I could see a lineup that looks similar to this:
Hall – Draisaitl – Yakupov
Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
This was suggested by Derek Blasutti and it makes the most sense. Leon gets his chance to play Center, and the line of Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle can hopefully get back to the level they were at towards the end of last season.