Saturday, January 9, 2016

McDavid not apprehensive at all about February 2nd return

The future of the Edmonton Oilers was on hold for a few months, but on February 2nd, the future will once again be NOW.

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Connor McDavid is set to make his return from a broken collarbone on February 2nd at Rexall Place when the Oilers meet the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first game back from the NHL All-Star break.

McDavid, the top overall pick in the 2015 draft who netted five goals and seven assists in his first 13 games, has not played since November 3rd when he injured his collarbone after crashing into the boards against the Flyers. Despite the nastiness of that fall and related injury, the 18-year-old says he's got no hangups mentally about getting back on the ice.

“I’m not worried. You have to understand that was a fluke accident," he said, according to the Edmonton Journal. "I’ve made that play hundreds of times before and never once got hurt on it. Once you start holding back, hesitating and you’re afraid of getting hurt, that’s when you do get hurt. I’ll be playing and I’ll know it’s healthy (collarbone) and strong.”

According to McDavid, the next three weeks will help his broken heal properly. He said the team is taking weekly x-rays so it can be clear of his progress. “I’m due for another one in a bit and we’ll see what’s in there,” he said. “There haven’t been any (medical) setbacks at all. It’s all been positive.”