The injuries are starting to add up for the Edmonton Oilers and at this point in the season, I’m not even surprised. Is it time to start shutting some guys down for the season to rest up for a big playoff push next year? Let’s take a look.
Oscar Klefbom hasn’t been himself lately. After his breakout year last season, we all had very high expectations for him coming into this season and we’re definitely not getting the results we wanted. As Cooom discussed earlier this week, Klefbom’s playing time has increased slightly but point production has decreased this year. He definitely doesn’t look as solid as he used to on the ice, and I want to know why!
He didn’t just have twins, he didn’t just get traded to a new team, but he DID get treated for a shoulder injury late in December. Could this be a lingering injury that has returned to haunt him? We all know the dressing room was suffering from the flu for pretty much the whole season… could he have got it and it’s just stayed with him this whole time?
22. Don’t know if Oscar Klefbom needs some kind of surgery, but he hasn’t looked right all year. Wonder if we’re getting to the point he’s shut down to get ready for next season.
Elliotte Friedman even brought it up in his 31 thoughts this past week and when Elliotte says something, you know there’s some backing to it. Does this mean we can take some blame off of Klefbom for his bad season this year? What do you think?
Sekera’s rough season continues as he was placed on the Injury Reserve for the second time this season. Or technically it’s the first time… as he began the season on the IR. This time it’s not his MCL, but his face. Last Friday during the game against the Ducks *cringes*, Sekera left the game after getting a puck deflected into his face.
There are no details on exactly what happened to him but it sounds like it’s not a very serious injury. He could be back fairly soon but at this point in the season there’s obviously no need to rush anyone back. I’ve seen a couple rumblings on Twitter about Sekera potentially having a concussion, but nothing from what I saw came from quality sources. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Oilers were covering up concussion news OR his sore MCL is acting up. But again, who really cares anymore?
Ryan Nugent Hopkins
Nuge’s initial timeline involved him returning to the lineup late in February or first week of March. Now it doesn’t appear he’s been skating at all yet, but that doesn’t mean that his timeline is delayed. Nuge isn’t a guy that management would just shut down from an injury late in the season. I’m sure he’s eager to get back to playing despite where the Oilers lie in the standings. When Nuge does return, I’m hoping he doesn’t miss a beat and continues his offensive point production regardless of how the rest of the team is playing.