Let’s face it… once again, the Edmonton Oilers are more likely to finish among the basement NHL teams than make the playoffs. Edmonton is 10 points out with 32 games remaining. Everybody knows they are a long-shot to make the postseason. However, “The Wonder Kid,” Connor McDavid, is set to come back in the lineup Tuesday night. Naturally, the hype surrounding McDavid has returned.
McDavid has been out of the lineup since November 3 with a broken collarbone suffered in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. McDavid missed a total of 37 games as a result of the injury. McDavid’s return to the ice is huge for the game of hockey as a whole. Labeled as a generational player, McDavid has created the most buzz for the NHL since Sidney Crosby.
McDavid certainly was a joy to watch right from the start; as an Oilers fan and as a hockey fan, it was hard not to appreciate McDavid’s 12 points through his first 13 contests. He certainly lived up to the hype coming out of the gate. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact McDavid will have on the Oilers for the rest of the season. He believes he is ready to go.
“I’m just excited to play again,” McDavid said in an interview with the Edmonton Sun. McDavid, who will centre a line with Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot, added, “It feels like my first game all over again.”
McDavid also addressed the team’s playoff hopes moving forward.
“I don’t think anyone feels out of it by any means,” he said. “Everyone feels good after the break. Excited, refreshed and ready to go.” McDavid told Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun.
The Oilers would have to go 23-8 over the next few months just to hit 90 points, which would still likely not be good enough to make the playoffs.
Nevertheless, having McDavid in the lineup makes the rest of the season much more exciting for hockey fans everywhere. At the very least, it will give Oilers fans a glimpse of the thrilling future to come.
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