Condorstown becomes Connortown this week with the Oilers 2015 first-overall pick heading to Bakersfield, CA to skate with the Condors during the NHL All-Star Break. McDavid will not play any games this week for the Condors, but instead will skate with them and take more contact as he tries to come back from the broken clavicle that has kept him out of games since November 3.
“Management and I kind of came together and agreed that I’ll go to Bakersfield and go down there and skate and keep practicing. It’s a long break between now and then,” said McDavid.
The rookie centre has been cleared for full contact and hopes that with another week of intense practices he will be ready to play on February 2, when the Oilers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place.
“It will be good to be in Bakersfield and to skate with those guys and have some high-intensity battles and some good battles and stuff like that.”
The Condors play Tuesday, Friday and Saturday this week. They are at home until Saturday, giving McDavid plenty of ice time in Bakersfield.
“The practices are a little bit more intense, with a lot of battling and stuff like that,” said McDavid. “It will be good to be involved in that and hopefully come back feeling good and ready to go for the 2nd. Obviously, with this long break, it’s not ideal to go and sit around for eight days and try to come back and feel good. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to feel good and be ready to go when I come back.”
McDavid has already been training with some contact, but that turns up a notch this week.