Connor McDavid injures shoulder in brutal collision, leaves with arm in sling

The unthinkable happened Tuesday night: A Connor McDavid injury that looked serious. How long will the rookie’s upper-body injury shelf him?

What can we say about Tuesday night in Edmonton? The hockey gods were simply cruel.

Oilers rookie and No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid had been everything we hoped he’d be, looking very much like a generational talent, leading all rookies with 12 points in his first 12 games. Then, during Edmonton’s tilt with Philadelphia, McDavid got tangled up with Flyers blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning, and disaster struck:

McDavid was knocked out of the game and later spotted with his arm in a sling. Sigh. It could be a dislocated shoulder or broken collarbone. Too early to tell. Stay tuned for updates here at

READ ALSO:  Go west young man: Handicapping Travis Hamonic's preferred trade destinations

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin