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McDavid expected to be ready for Oilers training camp, GM says

Hart Trophy finalist 'in great spirits,' was injured in last game of season

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Connor McDavid, who is recovering from a leg injury, is likely to be ready for Edmonton Oilers training camp, general manager Ken Holland said Thursday.

"I expect to see him on the ice at training camp," Holland told the Oilers website. "[He's] working very closely with our medical team and the medical people that he's got in Toronto to make sure he's getting the best care possible."

McDavid sustained a torn PCL in his left knee on April 6 during the Oilers' season finale against the Calgary Flames. The center did not comment on his injury at a charity event on June 4.

"He's doing good. I've seen him twice this week," Holland said. "Ten days ago, I drove to Toronto and spent two and a half or three hours with Connor having lunch and talking to him. Then this week on Monday, I was in Toronto for two days, Tuesday with the Competition Committee, but I went up on Monday to spend time with Connor again and see where he works out. He's doing good. He's rehabbing."

Holland was hired May 7, replacing Peter Chiarelli, who was fired Jan. 22.

McDavid had 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists) in 78 games this season, second in the NHL to Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (128 points).

McDavid is a finalist for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL MVP, and for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the best player in the League as voted by the NHL Players' Association. The NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will be held June 19.

Oilers training camp will begin sometime in mid-September.

"He's in great spirits," Holland said. "I really enjoyed meeting him. It was the first time that I'd really got to spend more than just shaking his hand in the hallway as a visiting team. He's doing great and looking forward to being on the ice at training camp."

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