Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid is expected to be out of action ``months'' with a broken left clavicle
General manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that McDavid will require surgery after breaking his collarbone in last night's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first overall pick in this year's draft was hurt after he crashed heavily into the boards.
"Connor's such a special player and at such a young age that it's disappointing. Today feels like a loss,'' Chiarelli said. "We won last night and today feels like a loss. But we'll get by it.''
McDavid had 12 points in 12 games this season and was named rookie of the month for October.
"The silver lining is he's young, he's a strong kid mentally and physically, he's still developing so he'll come back probably even stronger,'' Chiarelli said. "In my experience with these significant injuries with younger players they come back stronger.''
McDavid had 120 points in 47 games last season for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters and helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the world junior championship.
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