Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid will have a hearing on Friday for his illegal check to the head on New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy in Thursday's victory, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

Late in the first period of Thursday's game, McDavid delivered a high-hit to Leddy just after the Islanders defenceman shot the puck from the blueline. McDavid, whose shoulder appeared to make contract with Leddy's head, was given a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head on the play. He would finish the game with the overtime winner and an assist.  

“Obviously it’s not a great check, it’s not what I was trying to do. I wasn’t trying to finish my check on him and he stopped a little earlier than I thought,” said McDavid, per the Edmonton Sun, “and I hit him a bit too high.”

After the game, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said Leddy, who logged 18:18 of ice time in the loss, cleared concussion protocol.

TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button said Thursday he believes McDavid is deserving of a two-game suspension for the hit.

"You need to be in full control of your body," Button said. "You change your angle at the last second to make the head the principle point of contact, that is textbook right there. It's not allowed and it doesn’t matter what you were trying to do or what your intent is, it’s the action. And the action in my view merits a two-game suspension and you cannot do that type of play. He had ample opportunity to go into the body and Nick Leddy never changed simultaneously his body position and that forced that play to happen."

McDavid, who has a total of just 88 penalty minutes in 267 career games, has never been suspended in his NHL career.