Oilers GM: McDavid will miss months
EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid will be out indefinitely because of a broken left collarbone.
He was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday with a recuperation period expected to stretch into months.
"We're talking about months," Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli told a news conference. "We don't have a particular time frame, but as I said, plural, months. There will be plates and screws involved [in the surgery]."
McDavid, the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick, was injured Tuesday night in the Oilers' 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The 18-year-old lost an edge during a rush toward the net and crashed into the boards along with Flyers defensemen Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto.
McDavid went down in the 13th game of his rookie season, but in that time he already had established himself as one of the key players and catalysts on the Oilers.
McDavid has five goals and 12 points in 12 games this season. He was the NHL's rookie of the month for October.
•BLUES RALLY, TOP HAWKS IN OT: Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:54 of a whistle-free overtime to give the Blues a 6-5, come-from-behind win over Chicago, handing the Blackhawks their first home loss this season. St. Louis trailed 5-2 after the first period.
•PENGUINS SURGING: Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the season as the Penguins beat the host Canucks 3-2 for their fifth consecutive victory.
•DUCKS STRIKE LATE: Corey Perry scored with six seconds left in the third to force overtime and Chris Stewart had the decisive shootout goal in the host Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Panthers.
•JETS OUTLAST LEAFS: Alexander Burmistrov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift the Jets to a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.