That’s what Oilers centre Connor McDavid has reiterated after Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said that the 2015 number-one-draft-pick’s return won’t be until after the All-Star break.
“I think that’s kind of to be expected,” said McDavid.
“I mean originally they said four months [to heal]. So to come back before the All-Star break, I think would be rushing it a little bit too much…I think it just gives myself an extra couple of days, even a week, to get some extra bone healing and get ready to play.”
It’s with mixed emotions that McDavid admits that the extended weeks of healing will be good for him in the long run, but McLellan explained that this timeline makes the most sense for the rookie.
“We’ve got, maybe the strangest All-Star break in the history of the league,” said the bench boss. “We’ve got an Olympic break versus an All-Star break and that break happens in 13 days I think, or 14 days for us. We’ve determined that Connor’s not physically ready to play between now and then. And if he was on day 13 or 14, in our opinion, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to play him for one night and then give him the next 10 days off.”
The 18-year-old has been out on the ice and skating with his teammates these past few weeks, participating in drills and looking forward to his own return.
“You want to play as soon as possible but at the end of the day, you’ve got to play when it’s safe,” he said. “It’s a little bit frustrating when you feel good and you want to play, but like I keep saying, it’s for the best and it’ll just give me extra time to heal.”