EDMONTON — Connor McDavid won’t say if it was clean hockey or a dirty play that cracked his clavicle and disjointed his season.
The injury sparked heated debate among hockey fans and analysts over whether the Flyer defenders grabbed McDavid on the way down or gave him an extra shove into the boards.
“I don’t really want to touch too much on that comment. I know there’s been a little bit of a debate on whether or not, so I’m not going to touch too much on that,” said McDavid on Monday.
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Nearly two weeks after suffering the injury the Edmonton Oilers phenom said he’s feeling better than expected.
“I feel really good. I think it’s definitely way better than I thought it was going to be at this point,” said McDavid.
The Oilers have said the 18-year-old rookie would be out of the lineup for months.
The injury happened during Edmonton’s Nov. 2 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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With the Flyers leading 2-1 and 1:44 remaining in the second period, McDavid had a partial short-handed breakaway but fell awkwardly and was ridden hard into the boards by Philadelphia defencemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning, who also lost their balance on the play.
“Lost a little bit of my footing, so went into the boards with a couple guys,” said McDavid. “I had a lot of weight coming in from behind me, and I guess that’s all it takes.”
The Oilers’ young star said he knew immediately he had suffered an injury.
“You could definitely feel that something wasn’t right.”
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McDavid didn’t have an update about when he will return to the lineup.
“The main part is getting back to 100 per cent. I guess if there is any positive to it is that it’s a bone and that can heal,” said the 2015 first overall pick. “It’s not like it’s a separated shoulder or torn labrum.”
He said he has plates and screws to help repair the bone and that there is no damage to the shoulder or elbow.
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