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Andrej Sekera skating at practice

It looks like Andrej Sekera might be back sooner than expected. According to everyone watching Oilers practice, the veteran defender was on the ice skating with the team today.

THERE HE IS.

Sekera has had a hell of a time with injuries the past few years. He was an absolute rock on Edmonton’s blueline in 2016-17 when they made the playoffs, but an injury suffered against the Anaheim Ducks in the playoffs derailed his 2017-18 season.

He took what appeared to be an innocent hit from Ryan Getzlaf and ended up having to get ACL surgery. The injury kept him out until late December. When Sekera did return, he didn’t look the same and many questioned that he was rushed back. He would end up playing in 36 games while recording just eight points.

Then, this summer, Sekera tore his Achilles while doing off-season training. This was obviously a huge blow not only because Sekera is good, but because it happened in August and there wasn’t any time to find a good replacement for him on the team’s second pairing. Kevin Gravel and Jason Garrison have filled the void by committee thus far, but getting Sekera back would be a huge boost to Edmonton’s blueline.

That said, we really, really don’t want Sekera to be rushed back. We saw what he looked like last season when he came back quickly to help salvage the team’s terrible blueline and he simply wasn’t the same player. Hopefully this time they take it slowly with Sekera and let him come back when he’s at 100 percent.

Jason Gregor offered an update after practice:

SEKERA’S CAREER AS AN OILER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 6 24 30 12 -15
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 8 27 35 18 14 11 1 2 3 2
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 36 0 8 8 6 -15
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers* NHL Statistics Unavailable
NHL Totals 683 45 187 232 172 19 2 2 4 13

    • Randaman

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. He’s just starting to take light skates. He’s a long way from returning. Too bad, I think Sekera will be no better than a third pairing guy. Two knee injuries at his age. The writing is on the wall. Accept it Oiler fans.

  • vetinari

    If he gets cleared to play by January, won’t that force some major roster moves? We are a cap team with him presently on long term injury reserve and if his salary hits the books, we will have to immediately shed several million dollars to make that happen. Buckle up everyone. Tradin’ Pete will be in overdrive in the new year…

  • To me, Sekera’s success equates with the Oilers’ success. Why? Because he played as a top defensemen allowing Klefbom and Nurse to develop better one pairing each down the lineup. Klefbom and Nurse aren’t scoring as much as they should which indicates they are still playing too high. Thing is, Sekera’s injuries won’t see him back in his old role and he’ll be a third pairing defenseman at best. Sad.

    And with the Oilers above the cap, when Sekera returns, won’t Chiarelli have to get rid of some contracts totalling $5.5m in the next month here? Russell’s $4m + Kassian $1.95m?