The hockey world has been in a state of shock as Connor McDavid, the early consensus for the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, injured his hand in a fight.
After tangling with Missassauga Steelheads’ Bryan Cianfrone, the Erie Otters superstar fractured a small bone in his hand after his slammed into the boards. Naturally, this has sparked quite an outcry across social media from the anti-fighting lobbyists as one wonders why McDavid was throwing punches in the first place. In the conversation reserved for fighting, this debacle won’t change anything but it’s a wonder how this will affect McDavid’s draft rank.
According to Future Considerations scouting director Dan Stewart, he sees McDavid’s injury as just a minor setback.
“In my opinion, it was a good thing to see McDavid sticking up for himself,” Stewart said. “Accidents do happen and it is unfortunate but this does show how McDavid’s game has grown in confidence this season and his willingness to take control of all situations himself.
“I would think this really plays no role in his draft stock as we all pretty much know what he is and what he can do on the ice already.”
McDavid is expected to be out 5-6 weeks. Reports on Wednesday indicate he fractured the fifth metacarpal on his right hand.
The Otters are on top of the OHL standings with a record of 16-1-0. McDavid leads the OHL as well with 16 goals and 35 assists in 18 games.