Connor McDavid is recovering from a broken clavicle suffered earlier this month fast than expected, and Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has told Sportsnet, that he may be playing with the team by mid-January.
The star rookie suffered the injury in a Nov. 3 game against the Flyers and early estimates put his return to the Edmonton lineup at four months, but Chiarelli said the lack of any soft tissue damage has allowed for the recovery to move faster than expected.
“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 led all rookies with 12 points in 13 games when he was taken out of action with the injury, which required the placement of a plate and screws on the collarbone.
While the team is happy with McDavid’s progress, he has yet to return to skating since suffering the damage.