With all of the injury problems that the Edmonton Oilers have been having already this year, at least it hasn't happened to Connor... oh! Shit.
Yes, one of the newest and greatest fears for the Oilers has befallen them, as their prized franchise changing rookie, Connor McDavid, is now out indefinitely with a fractured clavicle, an injury that will require surgery, according to the team on Wednesday morning.
This is an injury, very similar to what Patrick Kane suffered late last season, which was supposed to cost the scoring forward upwards of 12 weeks, but it ended up being seven weeks on the shelf and Kane helped power the Blackhawks to another Cup victory, from the start of the playoffs, all the way until the end.
Sadly, according to Oilers management, it's much worse than that. See the tweet below:
Chiarelli on McDavid: "He'll be out indefinitely. We're not talking week-to-week, we're talking months. That's plural. Months."— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 4, 2015
McDavid has been as advertised and/or better than what some of the conservative experts had predicted, already racking up 5 goals and 7 assists in 13 games, finishing the night in 26th place in overall scoring in the pool, still a 1st round pick in a 27-team draft.
Needless to say, this is a devastating blow to Ryan in the pool, as he is now losing his 2nd round pick, who was playing like a 1st round pick, keeping him in the race for the overall money and padding his lead in the rookie pool as well.
Ryan's pool team will open up Wednesday night in 9th place with 91 points, now 9 points out of 3rd place overall and 20 points out of 1st place. In the rookie pool, his team, which still has three active rookies on it, still has a 13-point lead and some time to give. It's hard to imagine that Ryan doesn't pad his team with more rookies at the Waiver Draft, but it would be something if he was to drop McDavid at the Waiver Draft, wouldn't it?