The Edmonton Oilers are in big trouble at this point in time. They are 1-3-1 coming into this week but that isn’t even the worst of it. They are going to be without Connor McDavid for 1-2 weeks because of an injury that he is currently dealing with.
He sustained what is being called an upper-body injury in the overtime loss that they sustained on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Obviously, the Oilers want to make sure that the best player in the NHL gets back as soon as possible.
McDavid was the Hart Trophy winner in 2022-23 as the MVP of the league. It was one of the best seasons that an NHL player has ever had. He eclipsed 60 goals and 150 points which tells just how good he actually was.
The Oilers have been struggling with McDavid in the lineup to start the year so taking him away isn’t going to make things better. This is an example of a team needing people to step up in the place of their MVP.
The Edmonton Oilers are going to be missing Connor McDavid this week.
The last time McDavid missed some time with an injury, Leon Draisaitl was so good that he won the Hart Trophy. Draisaitl is one of the best players in the league regardless of McDavid’s status but he did seem to elevate even more when his team needed him the most.
You might remember how Evgeni Malkin used to step up big whenever Sidney Crosby was out of the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup. Malkin was a top-three player every year no matter what for a long time but he loved elevating his game in big spots like that.
Edmonton needs others to step up besides Draisaitl too in McDavid’s absence. Guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, Evan Bouchard, and Evander Kane need to show more as well. Their first full game without McDavid will come on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.
We know that Connor is going to come back better than ever. Edmonton just needs to tread water while he is away dealing with the injury. Hockey fans suffer here too because of how spectacular he is on a nightly basis. Hopefully, this is closer to being one week out than two.