Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland said Wednesday it looks optimistic for captain Connor McDavid to play in the team's regular-season opener on Oct. 2.
Holland said there remains a chance McDavid could play in a preseason game, but noted his availability remains in the hands of team doctors.
Holland says as of now it looks optimistic for McDavid to play opening night, and there is a chance he may play an exhibition game next week. Won’t commit either way at this point, still up to doctors. — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) September 18, 2019
“First off the doctors are making the final decision. Secondly we’re going to err on the side of caution. But obviously if the doctors sign off and Connor wants to play, then we’ll play pre-season. Is there a chance he could play next week? There’s a chance.
"I think we need to run off another four, five, six days and then we’ll see. So I’m not going to say yes, I’m not going to say no. I think we’re pretty optimistic for opening night. Does he play a pre-season game? We’ll get to Kelowna, we’ll practice and then we’ll make the determination. I know he’s got to talk to some doctors. We’ve got to do some things, get some pictures and then ultimately it’s the doctor’s final day," Holland said.