Up until Tuesday Connor McDavid had lived up to his gigantic hype in every sense. The kid who is expected to be the NHL’s next big thing had 5 goals and 7 assists in his first 13 games, the NHL named him October’s Rookie of the Month. However, his red-hot start just came to a crashing halt. McDavid left Tuesday’s game between the Oilers and Flyers at 1:44 of the second period after getting sandwiched between the end boards and Philadelphia’s Brandon Manning, he did not return. On Wednesday, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli announced that McDavid has a broken collarbone and will be out “months”.
As far as Edmonton goes, you’d think they’d be able to manage without the young phenom. After all, the team still has Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle. So where’s the emergency, right? Not really, Edmonton has done nothing with all that talent over the past few seasons, so McDavid’s absence probably spells trouble for the Oilers.
It is a tough blow for the NHL as well. Hailed as a “generational talent”, McDavid was the most highly touted draftee since Sidney Crosby in ’05. He is only 18 after all, but the League without a doubt has intentions of making him its next face. It seems that will have to wait. No. 2 2015 pick Jack Eichel has also been off to a great start, his chances of winning the Calder Trophy just got a lot greater.
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