EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid will join his Oilers teammates on their upcoming three-game Pacific Division jaunt but there's still no fixed date for his return.
McDavid responded to reporters following Saturday's Oilers practice at Downtown Community Arena, providing an update on his status as he eyes his lineup re-entry.
The Oilers Captain is remaining cautious with the quad injury he sustained against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 8, admitting he doesn't know when he will be back up to 100 percent form.
"You just want to be pain-free and feeling 100 percent, or as close to it as possible," McDavid, who sits in a tie for fourth in League scoring with 81 points despite missing the past six games, started.
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"There's no real answer to that question. Sometimes you come back and you feel great. I remember coming back from my collarbone (injury), it felt great right away. Then I came back from the thing in the summer there and I didn't feel so good early on.
"You never really know what you're going to feel like when you get out there but that's why you put in the work coming back."
Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett didn't confirm McDavid's participation for Sunday's match against the Los Angeles Kings but noted the energy No. 97 will provide should he get the clearance to suit up.
"He's anxious to play," Tippett said. "A little boost like that would be good for us right now. When you can add a player like that to your lineup, it just gives another whole dimension to our team.
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"Hopefully he's good to go."
McDavid confessed to feeling frustrated while he's been sidelined but lauded the group's resiliency over the last six-game stretch. The Orange & Blue are 3-2-1 without McDavid since he suffered the injury.
"You can feel the confidence," he said. "The guys feel like they can play anyone with anyone in the lineup. It's a real positive.
"The guys out of the lineup, they're starting to get healthy and myself, I'm close… I Just want to come into the lineup and try not to mess things up."
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McDavid's witnessed his production partner Leon Draisaitl notch four goals and 12 points during his absence. Draisaitl is now the National Hockey League's scoring leader with 97 points but Tippett reaffirmed McDavid isn't looking for individual accolades when he does return.
"He thinks about winning," Tippett said. "He looks at where we are in the playoff race and how he's going to help us win. I don't think he's thinking about scoring races, Hart Trophies or anything like that. He's watched six games now and he's anxious to get back in there and help.
"He thinks the guys have worked awfully hard and he wants to do his part. He's going to jump in and do that. For him, it's not about individual stuff. It's about getting more points in the standings."