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McDavid 'felt good' during skate, status for season opener still uncertain

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Connor McDavid had an encouraging weekend, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to suit up for the first game of the season.

The Edmonton Oilers superstar appeared content with his progress following an informal skate with some teammates Saturday as he continues to work his way back from a torn PCL suffered in Edmonton's 2018-19 season finale.

McDavid told the assembled media, including Sportsnet, his knee "felt good right away" during the session and that he's still "working toward" playing Oct. 2 when his team hosts the Vancouver Canucks.

The Oilers captain said he's already passed his team physical, though he hasn't yet been cleared for contact.

"I'm supposed to play hockey and I don't make those decisions," the 22-year-old said of his recovery timeline. "The doc will say when I'm good to go, and that's when I'll go."

The Oilers open training camp next week before hosting the Winnipeg Jets in both clubs' first preseason game Sept. 16.

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