WATCH: Connor McDavid injures hand in fight
Connor McDavid in action for the Erie Otters vs the Mississauga Steelheads in Oakville on Sunday September 14, 2014. Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
With one wild punch, the clock struck midnight on Connor McDavid’s Cinderella season.
But how long will he be out?
The initial belief coming out of Erie Tuesday night was that McDavid, having undergone X-rays, likely would miss at least 3-4 weeks after hurting his right hand during a fight with the Mississauga Steelheads’ Bryson Cianfrone.
Video replays appeared to show McDavid was injured when a roundhouse right missed his target and seemed to slam off the glass.
Reached by phone late Tuesday, Otters general manager Sherry Bassin said McDavid would see a hand expert on Wednesday “at which time we’ll have a better idea as to a timetable.”
For his part, Bassin felt the injury was serious enough that he addressed his team after the game, letting them know that the door was open for candidates to step up in McDavid’s absence. Of course, with 11 rookies on the Otters roster, that might be a tough endeavour.
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Bassin confirmed that McDavid definitely has been ruled out of Thursday’s Super Series tilt between the OHL All-Stars and Team Russia in Peterborough.
More importantly, if the hand expert confirms the speculation that McDavid could be out a month, if not more, the World Junior Championship suddenly becomes a grey area.
Team Canada is slated to hold training camp and cutdowns at the Mastercard Centre starting on Dec. 11 -- exactly a month from the day McDavid hurt his hand.
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Should he be out even longer, however, Hockey Canada officials might be chewing their fingernails down to the nub, fretting that their marquee player might not be ready in time for the opener Dec. 26 in Montreal.
The Otters won the game 4-0. McDavid ended up having a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring once, adding an assist and getting into a fight. In retrospect, he probably wishes he didn’t engage in the latter.
McDavid leads the OHL in scoring with 51 points in 18 games. He is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in next year’s entry draft by every prominent scouting service.