Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, arguably the best player in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft, injured his right hand on Tuesday during a fight with a fellow CHL player.
The Otters announced on Wednesday that McDavid has sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his right hand and is expected to miss five to six weeks. This is a noteworthy timeline because the IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to begin preliminary round play on Dec. 26, with Canada facing Slovakia at the Bell Centre.
Many Canadians are concerned about McDavid's ability to appear in the tournament and end Canada's gold medal drought.
McDavid suffered the injury early in Erie's game against the Mississauga Steelheads when he scrapped with Bryson Cianfrone after the latter player landed a hard hit on him behind the net. The two dropped the gloves, and McDavid appeared to injure his right hand when one of his punches missed and hit the boards.
McDavid was handed an ejection for fighting with his helmet on, but the bigger concern was obviously his hand. Multiple reports confirm he was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, and the early news sounded grim.
Exchanged messages with someone in the McDavid camp who says the situation does not look good but they have their fingers crossed.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 12, 2014
McDavid is enjoying a spectacular start to his final season in the CHL, with 15 goals and 49 points in just 17 games. With as much hype as he's gathering right now, the entire sport will be a little embarrassed if he ends up missing a long stretch because of a fight. But hey, at least he got a Gordie Howe hat trick.