Erie Otters general manager Sherry Bassin knows his team will have a different look and feel without the services of captain Connor McDavid.
The hockey prodigy from Newmarket, Ontario, projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand against the Mississauga Steelheads in a fight on Nov. 11 and is expected to be sidelined 5-6 weeks.
"What can you do now after losing a superstar?" Bassin asked NHL.com on the morning after receiving the news of the report from the hand specialist that evaluated McDavid on Wednesday in Ontario.
"Connor was our undisputed leader, a world class player who consumed 25 minutes a game," he continued. "You can't fill his shoes and you can't replace his minutes because that's not possible so it comes down to us all stepping up as a group until he returns in a couple of months."