According to the Edmonton Oilers, Leon Draisaitl has been placed on the Injury Reserve and will not play tomorrow against the Carolina Hurricanes. It looks like the bad news just keeps piling up around here.
If you were looking for some good news to start off your week then this is not it as word just came out that Leon Draisaitl’s eye injury/concussion is bad enough that the Oilers have added him to the Injured Reserve. To make matters worse, they didn’t really provide much in terms of offering up details in regards to a timeline for a possible return.
When Todd McLellan spoke to the media after practice, he offered this update:
“Leon won’t play tomorrow nor will Drake Caggiula. Tomorrow they will be evaluated for the ability to go on the upcoming road trip.
That’s not much of an update when it comes to one of the team’s best players being out for over a week now. I mean, it’s not that I necessarily expect the team to be honest about these kinds of things but it would be nice if they gave us something. Maybe it’s just me but it definitely seems like the Oilers have their guard up on this one.
From where I blog, this is all kinds of bad news and the Oilers aren’t exactly putting out any fires with their lack of information. The concerning part is that a week ago we were only talking about a “swollen eye” that kept him out of practice, but as we fast forward to today that swollen eye has also added “concussion-type symptoms” without any idea of when he’ll be back.
Unfortunately for Oilers fans, the dark cloud continues to hang over this team early on this season.
Source: Edmonton Oilers, Verified Twitter Account, 10/16/17, 1:27 pm MST