Just imagine if the injury that took Connor McDavid out in the final game of the 2018-19 regular season turned out to actually be his last game as an NHL player? A new documentary about McDavid’s knee injury that is set to debut on Sportsnet this coming Friday reveals that was something McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers and doctors actually wondered.
If you’re an Oilers fan, a hockey fan or especially a McDavid fan, this documentary feels like it’s much watch. I’ve already set my PVR to record it in case I can’t watch it live — which I intend to do.
I’m sure as I watch it, part of my will wince with fear over what might have been the worst news that could befall and Oilers fan. The other part of me will thank the lucky stars that things worked out and McDavid was able to do the unthinkable.
McDavid tweeted on Tuesday, “Been working on this for a while now and I’m excited to share it with you all.” He had me at “Been”.
How Bad Was McDavid’s Injury?
Part of what fans will undoubtedly see are accounts as to just how bad the injury was. However, before the documentary airs live, details are already coming to light.
Early diagnosis was that he was going to have to undergo surgery. In fact, he and his trainers figured it could be a year before he was able to return, never mind get close to being his typical McDavid self.
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted on Tuesday that additional reports suggested McDavid was told he’d need major reconstructive surgery and that he could miss the entire 2019-20 season. Furthermore, the surgery would have placed grafts and screws in his leg, completely changing his skating stride and range of movement. It took three different opinions before McDavid finally chose to rehab the injury instead of go under the knife.
The fact that everyone wanted to keep it such a secret was apparently why McDavid seemed so frustrated when asked about how his recovery was going.
In the end, somehow, what should have been a much longer process wound up being only a six-month recovery and he was back in the NHL on day one, having not looked back since. He’s wowed fans with highlight reel goals at lightning-like speed. He looks faster than he’s ever looked.
He now leads the NHL in scoring with an incredible 76 points in 49 games played and is headed to another NHL All-Star game.
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