Connor McDavid spoke to the media for the first time since breaking his clavicle on November 3, against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Oilers rookie centre had surgery the next day.
“It’s definitely way better than I thought it was gonna be at this point,” said McDavid. “It’s the 11-day mark, 10-day mark or whatever. I definitely feel way better than I thought I would.”
McDavid is not in a sling and has begun working out to stay in shape while he recovers.
“It’s not like it’s a leg or anything,” he said. “It’s upper body and I’ve been riding the bike already and doing all that. Definitely well into the process of staying in shape and getting it moving again.”
Not only is he on the bike, but he’s begun testing his shoulder and moving it more.
“I did upper body today in the gym,” said McDavid. “That kind of gives you an idea of how it’s feeling and all that.”
McDavid does not have a timetable for return but is expecting to speak with doctors again this week.
“I think the main part is getting back to 100 percent,” he said. “If there is any positive to it it’s that it’s a bone and that can heal. It’s not like it’s a separated shoulder or a torn ligament or anything like that. Bones heal and just got to wait for it to feel 100 percent.”
McDavid has 12 points (5-7-12) in 13 games this season.