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McDavid out 5-6 weeks with broken bone in hand, world juniors in doubt

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TORONTO - Junior hockey phenom Connor McDavid is scheduled to see a specialist today as the Erie Otters hope to get more information about the hand injury he suffered in a fight Tuesday night.

The 17-year-old forward, who is expected to be the top pick in June's NHL draft, is out indefinitely after hitting his right hand on the top of the boards during a fight with Mississauga's Bryson Cianfrone.

McDavid reportedly fractured a small bone in his hand.

An Otters spokesman says he hopes to have an update on McDavid's condition later in the day.

Depending on the severity of the injury, McDavid's availability for the upcoming world junior championship could be in doubt.

Canada's world junior camp takes place Dec. 11-15 in Toronto, and the team plays its first game Dec. 26 in Montreal against Slovakia.

McDavid leads the OHL with 16 goals and 35 assists in just 18 games this season while the Otters top the Western Conference with a 16-1-0-1 record.

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