Edmonton Oilers forwards are still benefitting from the McDavid effect

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Connor McDavid is one of the most hyped up young talents to come into the NHL since Sidney Crosby back in 2005.

Just as McDavid had found some form, and was living up to the hype, he sustained a serious injury.

On November 3, McDavid suffered a broken clavicle when he was checked against the boards in the Philadelphia Flyers match up. The prognosis is that he will be out for at least two months, missing in excess of 28 games.


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He primarily occupied the 3rd line, alongside fellow first overall pick Nail Yakupov and Benoit Pouliot. During his 13 appearances he scored five goals and assisted seven more.

The 18-year-old’s impact was clear with him being involved in 36.1% of Oilers goals, during the games he played.

The presence of such a talked about star has released some of the pressure put upon some of Edmonton’s other first overall picks, such as Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They’ve raised their game this year.

Stepping up

In the last two seasons, Nugent-Hopkins has finished on 56 points. After playing 17 games this campaign he already has 14 points and so is on target to eclipse his previous low scoring tallies, for a number one pick.

Taylor Hall suffered from injury problems last season, and only managed 28 points. In the 2013/14 season however, he finished on 80 points. He currently has 20 points which ranks him joint fourth in the league after 18 games.

Hall and Nugent-Hopkins have been occupying the Oilers’ top line and have been playing very well and have been a great help in taking their side to 16th in the league, on goals scored.

Since the injury to McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins has played four and scored three points and Hall has sealed four points on five games. RN-H missed the trip to LA due to illness.

Problems remain

Though the forwards have been able to establish some decent form, the Edmonton Oilers still lack a strong defensive and goaltending presence. Darnell Nurse and Cam Talbot have the potential to be top players but aren’t quite there yet.

The loss of Connor McDavid was a big one for the Edmonton Oilers but the impact he had at the start of the season is still present as his team skates on without him. His return in 2016 will give the Oilers a huge boost.

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