Edmonton Oilers’ rookie center Connor McDavid practiced Monday with the team and seems ready to return from his broken left collarbone.
McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, got hurt during a 4-2 victory against Philadelphia on November 3rd when he was ridden hard into the boards during the second period and is anxious to return to the ice.
“Anxious is probably the better word. I’m excited. It feels like my first game all over again” McDavid said, making it clear that he is not going to let the injury linger in his mind when he returns to action.
“The doctors wouldn’t let me play if I wasn’t 100 percent,” he said. “They say it’s safe to play, so it’s safe to play.” McDavid, 19, has five goals and 12 points in 13 games boasting a plus-four rating with six penalty minutes.
McDavid spent the last week practicing with the Edmonton’s AHL team in Bakersfield.
“He is ready to go,” coach Todd McLellan said
Many Oiler fans are excited to see how McDavid and Jordan Elerbe will play with one another, as they have not played on the same shift all season.
“He has got those quick great hands and a deceiving shot that fools goalies a lot of the time,” McDavid said. “If you get him the puck in a good spot, you know he’s going to finish it.”
Eberle and McLellan certainly agree that McDavid will be more than ready to return and more than capable to have an impact on the ice for the team, which is desperately looking to claw it;s way out of the Division and conference basement.
“With his speed and the way he thinks the game he’ll be fine,” Eberle said.
“The way he skated today,” McLellan said, “I’m not as worried about Connor as I am the other 19 that have been off a week.”