Connor McDavid injury update: Oilers star (knee) doesn't need surgery

Oilers star Connor McDavid will not need surgery on his knee after suffering an injury during Edmonton’s regular-season finale last Saturday against the Flames.

TSN reported Saturday that the Edmonton captain injured his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He is expected to  to be ready for training camp in September.

The Oilers released a statement Friday, indicating McDavid would begin rehab soon: “The Oilers medical staff, in collaboration with top orthopedic specialists, have determined a rehabilitation protocol for Connor McDavid, which will begin immediately.”

McDavid went down after he crashed into the goal post during the second period of the game after he got caught up with Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. His teammates had to help him off the ice.

The team later announced X-rays on McDavid’s leg came back negative and he would be allowed to return home with the team to undergo further testing.

McDavid, 22, finished the season second in the NHL with 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists).

McDavid, a league MVP candidate, was expected to play for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships next month, but he will now rest and recover.