Oilers’ Connor McDavid says sore knee unrelated to off-season injury

Check this out, as Oilers captain Connor McDavid tests out the left knee ahead of the team's practice, and appears to be favouring it quite a bit.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is questionable to play Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks but says his injury is unrelated to the one he spent the entire off-season recovering from.

McDavid suffered what was originally diagnosed as a bruised knee in Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators. After the game, head coach Dave Tippett said the injury was “nothing serious.”

On Monday, McDavid briefly skated with the power play group before practice but didn’t participate in the full session. Afterward, he said the injury was best described as a charley horse and that he was going to decide Tuesday whether he would be good to go against the Blackhawks.

“It’s a little sore and swollen, so I just took an extra day here and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” McDavid said.

More importantly, McDavid said the injury was not related to the serious knee injury he suffered in last year’s season finale against the Calgary Flames. McDavid spent the entire off-season rehabbing that injury — which included a full PCL tear, plus a torn meniscus on both sides of the knee, cracked fibia and a popliteus muscle that was torn right off the bone, all of which was recently revealed in the documentary ‘Whatever It Takes.’

“Nothing that was hurt before hurts now,” McDavid said. “So that’s good news I guess.”

McDavid didn’t miss any time with that injury due to a radical form of rehab that didn’t require surgery. And he hasn’t slowed down, scoring 30 goals and 81 points through 55 games this season.

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