For the first time in the 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers have a healthy roster. Is this a sign of things to come? Or is it too little too late? Although things are good in Oil Country, things aren’t looking great for the team’s top prospect, Kailer Yamamoto, who went down with an injury in the World Juniors semi-final.
What looked to be a pretty innocent slash to the back of the leg (I never thought I would call using your stick as a weapon an innocent situation), Kailer Yamamoto was left unable to put any weight at all on his right leg as he was helped off the ice.
Kailer Yamamoto helped off the ice after being chopped in the back of the leg pic.twitter.com/O5xHqIRMfK
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 4, 2018
What scares me the most, is that the kid is only 154 lbs which means at any given time of the day he isn’t putting that much weight on his feet to begin with… so this injury must be that much worse. It’s tough to say exactly what’s hurting Kailer as there’s been no official word on his injury. Could potentially be an ankle injury? Sometimes it doesn’t take much for a stick to do damage on the bone if it hits the right spot and misses padding.
Yamamoto didn’t have the best World Junior tournament (no word yet on if he’ll play in the Bronze Medal Game) and certainly is falling short of his WHL season expectations. Hopefully, this injury is nothing but a bruise and he can get right back to work to try to build up that hype again.
Other than that on the Oilers side of things, it’s sort of nice not having to worry about any injuries. McLellan has a full lineup to choose from which gives him a few different lineup options. If an injury was present, Todd might have to force someone into a position or lineup spot that they would otherwise not be playing in.
There’s not even any real NATION HQ injuries to report, and there’s ALWAYS something weird happening here which results in injury. We can, however, all agree that everyone’s currently suffering from bad Oilers-related emotional injuries. It’s not easy cheering for a sub-.500 hockey team and it can really do damage to a person. We at the office have tried to counter the hurt feelings with long conversations about our happy places as well as back rubs. How do you usually handle Oilers’ related depression?
No, the Capilano Rehab Centre cannot fix all of our emotional issues due to the current Oilers season but if you ACTUALLY need some good, friendly physiotherapy services please visit them. You can call them at (780) 466-1104 or visit their website!