Here goes another week of writing bad news in the injury report. The only two things keeping me positive about all these injuries is the fact that our playoff hopes are essentially dead (meaning we don’t need a healthy roster for an early off-season), and Connor McDavid (for obvious reasons).
We welcome the month of March into Oil Country with a big ol’ how-do-ya-do shoulder injury to Benoit Pouliot. After watching him slide into the boards head first against the Islanders the other day. I was surprised to see that he didn’t burst into flames after that crash.
There are actually injury updates to report on this week! Oscar Klefbom, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Andrew Ference still remain on the IR, however, the Oilers IR swallowed up and devoured another innocent player last week in Eric Gryba. You know what, if we have to sacrifice all of our players to the IR at least once this season…
I think this is the first time this season that our IR has not changed for two straight weeks. This is amazing. Go team! The trio of Oscar Klefbom, Andrew Ference, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are still ‘kicking the dust up’ in the press box, and I can just imagine all the fun times they’re having, slowly becoming best…
Now that Connor’s back (and better), I’m not sure if I’m more concerned for the health status of the rest of the Oilers, or the health of the staff inside the walls of Nation HQ.
Connor McDavid is officially in the nest. He won’t play with the Bakersfield Condors, but he will get into a series of practices and game-day skates just as he did on Tuesday ahead of the Condors game against the Manitoba Moose.
After the Oilers held their annual skills competition, Connor McDavid revealed that he will be spending the all-star break practicing with the Condors. He won’t be playing the game he loves, just practicing.
Throw a couple more injuries onto the pile this week, surprise, surprise. I don’t even remember what it’s like to have a healthy team anymore – it hasn’t happened all season. Good on the Oilers for hanging in there with all their injuries, though. There are a lot of people who would have given up as…
Mark Spector is reporting that Connor McDavid’s broken angel wing is “weeks ahead of schedule.” Together, we’re going to take a look at what that means.
It was the news we all knew was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. Connor McDavid will undergo surgery to repair a broken clavicle and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
The Oilers haven’t allowed a goal in just over 147 minutes. I know it is the preseason, but thus far we have seen a significant improvement in their defensive zone awareness. We haven’t seen glaring mistakes, or five-star turnovers, and that has to be considered progress.
New salary cap and it’s effect on teams, Mark Giordano’s asking price, a fight between two first overall picks, Bieksa, Lucic, Bozak, McDavid and all the draft and trade news you can handle in this week’s Roundup.