Skip to main content

McDavid to sit out Oilers' rookie game vs. Flames

by Aaron Vickers

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, will not play Saturday when the Edmonton Oilers play the Calgary Flames at the Young Stars prospects tournament.

"We talked about it after the game [Friday]," Gerry Fleming, who coaches Bakersfield of the American Hockey League and the Oilers in the tournament, said following Edmonton's morning skate. "He's fine. He could play. We talked to management and they said we'll just sit him tonight and we'll re-evaluate after practice tomorrow."

McDavid made his pro debut against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, scoring a goal and contributing an assist to the Oilers' 8-2 victory. He was on the receiving end of some physical checks, most noticeably from Jake Virtanen on McDavid's second shift of the game.

Edmonton's prospects will play four games in six nights, including at the Young Stars Classic and an exhibition against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Wednesday.

"I'm sure there would've been excitement," said Ryan Huska, coach of Stockton of the AHL, who's working for the Flames in the tournament. "I was excited last night to watch him play. I've never seen him play live. First overall pick, I think there's a lot of attention and I'm sure the guys would've loved the chance to play against him because of who he is.

"At the same time, these guys, they want to make good impressions, so it really doesn't matter who they're playing against for the most part."

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.