Connor McDavid has been out of commission for the Edmonton Oilers since late October, recovering from a clavicle injury suffered just 13 games into his NHL career.
The 18 year old rookie phenom, drafted first overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, put up 12 points in those first 13 appearances on the Edmonton roster. Now, the Pacific Division club nears the point of his return; he’s been recalled from an All Star Break stint with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, so he’ll resume skating in practice with the NHL club instead.
Oh… and there’s also now a guarantee that the Oilers will be prepared to insert McDavid into the lineup immediately.
Connor McDavid will make his return to the lineup vs. Blue Jackets on Tuesday. More: https://t.co/CoMLhFCZCV pic.twitter.com/4N1DwfOpnJ
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) February 1, 2016
The club gave him no AHL ice time during his reassignment, instead allowing him only to skate during practice. It was confirmed on Monday morning, though, that McDavid is ready to re-enter Edmonton’s lineup on Tuesday, February 2nd, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be his first game in over three months.
In addition to the recall of McDavid, the Oilers brought defenseman Griffin Reinhart and forward Zack Kassian back up to the NHL on the day after the All Star Break, so it’s likely that one of those two will appear in the lineup as well.