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Connor McDavid Tests Positive for COVID-19
With the offseason just starting and the draft and free agency about to begin, the Oilers have a lot on their plate. Having their captain test positive for COVID-19, they can add one more factor to the list. McDavid, who nursed a knee injury last offseason, will be faced with another offseason of recovery. According to the Oilers official statement, he has begun self quarantining.
Last season, McDavid scored 34 goals and 63 assists for a total of 97 points in 64 games. This would mark the first time since McDavid’s rookie year in 2015-16 that he did not hit the 100 point mark. While he technically did not score 100 points, he was on pace to score 124 points in a full 82 game season, which would shatter his career high of 116 set in 2018-19. This production was good for the second highest points-per-game average (1.5) in the NHL trailing Hart Trophy winner and fellow teammate, Leon Draisaitl.
Biggest Name in Hockey to Test Positive
Connor McDavid is possibly the biggest name in hockey, so there’s no doubt that he’s also the biggest name in hockey to test positive for COVID-19. The next biggest name would be Auston Matthews, of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thankfully, Matthews was able to make a speedy recovery. He was able to hop right into bubble playoff action after testing positive, and had two goals and four assists for six goals in five games.
Hopefully, McDavid will follow the path of fellow first-overall selection Auston Matthews, and have a recovery that resembles his skating. We wish Connor well and hope to see him healthy at the begin of the 2020-21 season.