McDavid began skating this week alongside injured winger Nail Yakupov, as the Oilers set out on their current four-game road trip. The two injured Oilers are working out under the eye of Oilers skating coach David Pelletier, the former Olympic gold medalist during his days as a pairs figure skater with Jamie Sale.
“Connor is not shooting yet,” confirmed agent Jeff Jackson. “The Oilers have a time line, with different milestones where he can do certain things on the ice. He’ll move towards puck handling soon. It will be up to the doctors and the therapists [when he begins to shoot pucks].”
McDavid broke his clavicle on Nov. 3 and missed his 20th game Thursday as the Oilers were shut out in Chicago. The Oilers have been careful not to provide a return date, but he is weeks ahead of their internal schedule, Sportsnet first reported in late November.
Any time after mid-January, it is expected McDavid will be practising with the team and nearing a return.
“He’ll want to come back,” Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli told Sportsnet last month. “It’ll be interesting. We’ll make the best decision for the organization and Connor.”