2015 first-overall pick Connor McDavid went down late in the second period with an upper body injury after getting tangled up with two Philadelphia Flyers players and crashing into the boards. He did not return to the game for the third period.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan had little specifics on the prognosis, other than it is expected to be a long-term injury.
“He’s got an upper body injury that’s going to keep him out long term and he’s being evaluated right now with the doctors,” said McLellan.
McLellan said the team will continue to evaluate and more information will be provided in the morning.
“I can tell you it’s going to be long term and he’ll be out for a while,” said McLellan.
Oilers players reacted to the injury after the 4-2 win.
“It didn’t look too good,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “I just feel bad for him. He’s been playing so great, putting the work in and it’s just an unlucky play like that. You just kind of feel bad for him.”
“That’s tough. The kid is playing real well for us,” said Matt Hendricks. “I’m not sure what the exact details are of the injury. Glad he was able to get off on his own two feet. He’s in a little bit of pain. It’s hard for teammates to see a guy go down like that, but at the same time we had other guys step up and kind of relish the opportunity.”
McLellan said he saw McDavid after the game and told him to “keep his head up.”
“He’s disappointed he got injured,” said McLellan. “It’s his rookie year. Things are going really well and he wants to be part of the group, which he still will be but he’s just not going to wear the uniform for a little while. I have a 19-year-old and I can’t imagine how he’d feel if he were in the NHL, his first year, and he got hurt.”
McDavid is second on the team in scoring with 12 points in 13 games this season.