Edmonton Oilers superstar and captain Connor McDavid was suspended for two games on Friday for an illegal check to the head on New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy.
Two games for the best player in the league! And the Oilers are furious!
At the end of the first period of the contest between the Oilers and Isles last night, McDavid moved in close to the boards and seemed to deliberately catch Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy in the head with his shoulder.
Leddy was visibly shaken up as he attempted to get up with the help of the official. He seemed shocked that the Oilers captain was behind the hit. McDavid was penalized on the play. Leddy left to the dressing room to undergo concussion protocol, but managed to come back into the game. The Oilers ended up winning 4-3 in overtime, thanks to McDavid's goal.
The young star was just back in action, after missing a game with a virus on Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes.
As many people commented on social media, if Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was behind this type of hit, he would be suspended for several games.
With this two-game suspension, McDavid will forfeit 134K as he sits in the press box to think about his actions. It is his first NHL suspension. He will be eligible to return to action on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It sure seems like the NHL is sending a message and the Oilers aren't happy about it. A few hours after the league's verdict, the Oilers commented as CEO and president Bob Nicholson released this statement:
"We are highly disappointed in the NHL's decision to suspend Connor McDavid for two games. We strongly disagree with the decision & it is difficult to accept for our team & most important our fans at this critical point in our season. We will unequivocally support Connor as he explores his options."
We have yet to be told if McDavid will appeal his suspension. We are keeping an eye on this...