Edmonton Oilers forward and rookie sensation Connor McDavid is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured clavicle sustained earlier this month. He could return to the lineup as soon as January.
“He’s ahead of schedule,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters on Thursday. “He’s been in the pool, been lifting weights. … There are no soft-tissue injuries, which is important. When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft-tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery.”
McDavid was injured after being checked into the boards during a Nov. 4 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has not begun skating again, but plans to rejoin the Oilers on Monday.
“I can tell you that when it comes time, he is going to want to come back a lot earlier than what we forecast internally,” Chiarelli said. “It’ll be interesting. We’ll make the best decision for the organization and Connor.”
Before succumbing to injury, McDavid was the Calder Trophy favorite with 12 points in 13 games.
“He’s feeling really good. He’s getting treatment, working on different things,” his agent Jeff Jackson said. “He’s one of those athletes, if he’s told to do something he’ll do it to the Nth degree. There are no shortcuts with this kid. He wants to get back as soon as he can. He hates watching, and he wants to be on the ice with his teammates as soon as he can. I know it’s a cliché, but he hates it.”