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The Oilers Captain took part in his first informal skate with the team on Saturday

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid participated in an informal skate with his teammates on Saturday at Rogers Place.

It's the centre's first skate with the club this year. The informal sessions began earlier in the week.

"It feels like nothing's changed," McDavid told the media.

No. 97 was asked how he handled the rehab process and how he gauged the recovery of his torn PCL. The Oilers Captain suffered the injury in the last game of the 2018-19 season.

"I didn't want to push it too hard but you have to push it hard enough to ensure that it's healing," he said. "I was lucky to work with some great doctors and the Oilers medical team."

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The 22-year-old skated with a small group that included a few new potential teammates in Joakim Nygard and Joel Persson.

"It's refreshing. It's exciting," the centre said. "Nygard obviously skates really well coming from the Swedish League. Persson is pretty skilled and looks good. I'm excited to get out with the bigger group, though."

McDavid is still hopeful he will be in the lineup when the season begins on Oct. 2.

"We're working towards that."

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