Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland addressed the media in Edmonton on Tuesday and updated Connor McDavid’s injury status and gave everyone some not-so-great news.
McDavid will miss 2-3 weeks, hopefully less, as he rests a bruised knee and gets his people in Toronto to take a look at it.
Holland said they looked at McDavid after the game Saturday in which he got hurt, waited a day and on Sunday it was a little swollen and sore. They waited again and on Monday, it was still a little swollen and sore. He said the team booked Connor an MRI and the result was that he had a quad injury.
While the Oilers go on their road trip to Florida, McDavid will see his team and get whatever work done he needs to. From there, McDavid will join the team when they return home.
Totally Unrelated to ACL/MCL Injury
Obviously, this is not great news. It could certainly be worse and McDavid could have something serious. Holland made sure to say that this injury was “totally unrelated” to the injury he suffered at the end of the season. When asked if there was any kind of muscle tear, Holland wouldn’t elaborate.
In his absence, the rest of the team will need to step it up and do what’s necessary to get this Oilers group to perform without their best player.
Holland may also want to look at adding a player. He was already rumored to be seeking a forward for the group and without the top-line center, Edmonton could use a piece that, while it would never replace McDavid, could add some much-needed scoring to the lineup.
Leon Draisaitl will obviously jump up to the top line and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins likely to the second line in Connor’s abscence.
Oilers play four of their next six games against the Eastern Conference and none against the Pacific Division… I expect there’s hope with the team that McDavid is back for Feb 23,25,26 against divisional foes.
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