Chris the Intern
December 23 2016 07:00AM
Depth is something we haven't talked about in the past ten years in Edmonton. Though we haven't had as many injured players so far as last year, my injury report is still way too long for my liking. But this year is different. This year we're actually winning, and part of this can be credited to depth. And Connor McDavid. Mostly Connor McDavid actually, but depth too.
It breaks my heart to talk about Tyler Pitlick's injury. I can't decide if I felt worse for Connor McDavid when he crashed into the end boards at super-speed, or Tyler Pitlick now. Sure Connor was out for months on his rookie season, but we all know he's going to have a super long, successful career. A few months out of your rookie year won't be the end of the world. Tyler Pitlick on the other hand? Well it's tough to tell how many chances he has left.
Pitlick has struggled for a while with injuries, which ultimately prevented him from breaking into the NHL. Surprised is an understatement for what a lot of people felt this summer when Pitlick was re-signed. But since then he has turned into the most impressive surprise of the season. Tyler Pitlick now has drunk dudes chanting his name in bars, people on Twitter literally licking their armpits for him, and the rest of Edmonton in love with the underdog story. All of this was happening until last weekend.
Last Weekend Pitlick went down awkwardly against the boards in Tampa Bay after getting hit, hurting his leg. The poor man couldn't put any weight on it which is never a good sign. A very trusted source of mine (Baggedmilk), talked to another very trusted source of mine (Jason Gregor) and he said that Tyler Pitlick left the game against the Blues in a full leg cast. I'm no doctor, but I've heard rumours that full leg casts are bad news, which means Pitty might not be back until after the All-Star break.
Here's hoping that Tyler gets better soon and returns to us without missing a beat.
No, Darryl has not magically healed himself after 20 days of his obliterated ankle. He's still got a couple months to go of recovery, and it's too early to pin-point an exact date of return. In the meantime us at Oilersnation will be taking ankle donations from anybody who's interested in helping Darnell get back to the ice faster. The process is simple: anyone who wants to, can come into Nation HQ to donate their ankle. After all the ankles are donated, we will run tests and take the best aspects from each separate ankle to give to Darryl. All Nation staff have volunteered one ankle so far. Weird enough, this is the only way we're able to get him fixed that quick.
We're not taking groin donations for Mark Fayne unfortunately. I'm too afraid he'll just injure whatever groin we'll give him anyways. With the expansion draft around the corner, being on my injury report for most of the season is not a good way to secure your spot on the team. Here's hoping 2017 will be good to all our patients, so they can each get a little bit of playing time.
If we don't hear anything soon about Iiro's injury he will slowly become the new Andrew Ference. His knee injury was a lifetime ago and not a single person besides me talks about him. For all I know, he's been hanging out at McDonald's trying to collect free monopoly properties to win a vacation. Should one of us tell him that promotion ended a couple weeks ago?
Andrew you crazy, interesting man. It's so hard to keep up with your life now. One day you're doing lunges at the Legislature building and the other you're giving recycling tips in claymation form.
For your injury needs, visit our good friends over at the Capilano Rehab Centre! Visit their website or give them a call at (780) 466-1104.