The future of the Edmonton Oilers may be put on hold as residents of the city of Edmonton hold their collective breath because of what transpired on Tuesday night.
During the second period of the Oilers’ contest against the Philadelphia Flyers, McDavid hit his left shoulder into the end boards. McDavid was skating into the Flyers zone, was checked and fell onto the ice. He then slid hard into the boards with Philadelphia defensemen Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto on top of him. No penalties were called on the play, which drew the ire of fans in Edmonton.
McDavid would remain on the bench for the final 1:44 of the second period, but did not return for the third period of the game. According to CSN Philadelphia, McDavid was seen with his arm in a sling. He’s going to be out for a prolonged period of time, though a full update will be provided on Wednesday.
The number one overall pick in this past June’s NHL Draft, McDavid is leading all NHL rookies in points with 12 (five goals, seven assists). He has been as good as advertised for the Oilers this season, and any missed time by the 18-year old is a huge loss for the team.
An update on his condition will come as soon as it is available.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.