"It feels like nothing’s changed."
Those five words are exactly what the hockey world has been waiting to hear from Connor McDavid, who stepped on to the Rogers Place surface for the first time on Saturday since tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee April 7 in Calgary.
McDavid took part in an informal skate with a group of Oilers Saturday, and if you didn’t already know he was rehabbing a knee injury, you never would have known by watching him dangle in a three-on-three game against NHL players. He looks well on his way to a 100 per cent recovery, and said Saturday that there is nothing he feels restricted in doing on the ice because of the torn PCL.
Sure, nobody opposing the Oilers captain team was going to lay a stick on McDavid Saturday, or even consider taking the body. But the quickness in his first two steps, the zero-to-60 that has made McDavid the fastest and quickest player in the National Hockey League was evident, if not over-utilized in his first Edmonton skate prior to the opening of training camp next week.