Draisaitl to Injured List

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season (including playoffs), Leon Draisaitl has scored 96 points in 98 games. The big man was placed on IR today and the Edmonton Oilers are officially in a tough spot. Without Draisaitl, this Oilers team—already outmanned on defense with the absence of Andrej Sekera—will have the added difficulty of playing without a very dangerous offensive player.

PROJECTED LINE FOR CAROLINA GAME

  • Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Kailer Yamamoto
  • Milan Lucic—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Ryan Strome
  • Jujhar Khaira—Mark Letestu—Zack Kassian
  • Jussi Jokinen—Brad Malone—Anton Slepyshev
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Darnell Nurse—Eric Gryba
  • Cam Talbot (Laurent Brossoit)

Some interesting changes in this group, you can see the coach trying to get more speed at the top of the order—but there’s some real problems with both Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula on the injured list.

  • Kailer Yamamoto has that 1R job currently, mostly because Leon Draisaitl is injured. Big shoes to fill for Yamamoto.  Anton Slepyshev missing training camp and Drake Caggiula getting injured make it possible, we’ll see if the young man can hold the job. Many believe he won’t get more than nine games.
  • Ryan Strome moves up to the Nuge line. I think we’ll eventually see Anton Slepyshev get a chance there once he establishes himself after missing training camp. Strome has shown flashes and it’s early days, but tomorrow night would be a good time to deliver some offense.
  • Jujhar Khaira gets a push and that’s a surprise for me. I didn’t see that coming based on usage, but he is now in the Matt Hendricks role. The only difference is this trio is now the third line.
  • Jussi Jokinen moving down the depth chart is an early tell in regard to foot speed. One of the things we may see in the next month is the changing out of slower wingers for fast trains. Jokinen is the least expensive and least attached of the veterans, so may be vulnerable. Oilers aren’t there yet of course, but his demotion to the fourth line is news.
  • Matt Benning back on the second pairing was predictable and we’ll see if he can step in and play consistently. The next step, in my opinion, might be running Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning second pair.

PETER CHIARELL AND TRADES

Peter Chiarelli has been active in the past around this time of year and often goes in search of players who are at a low ebb. He’s also been aggressive when injury hits and that might be the impetus for an early season deal in 2017. Chiarelli cut bait on Chuck Kobasew in October 2009. Just hours later, Chiarelli brought in  veteran Daniel Paille to replace Milan Lucic, who had a broken finger.

  • John Beatte, NESN, October 20, 2009: The Bruins have made a move in an attempt to fill the hole left by Milan Lucic and his broken finger by acquiring winger Daniel Paille from the Sabres in exchange for Boston’s third-round pick in 2010 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2010. Source

The Associated Press story included the word ‘underachieving’ and perhaps we’ll see that kind of trade again. Lucic had a broken finger, Leon has a concussion. Perhaps the big center gets on the plane for the road trip and plays sometime this week, but I wouldn’t count out a trade in the coming days. We wait.

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Putting Drai on IR at this point does not mean anything.

    It is retroactive to last Monday and, if he was/is healthy enough to play on Thursday, he’d be eligible to come off IR and play.

    As per the coach, he will be re-evaluated tomorrow to see if he’ll be able to join the team on the road trip.

    Now, he very well may be out a while, we don’t know, however, putting him on IR at this point does not mean that at all.

  2. DBO says:

    It looks like Draisatl will just take Malones spot once healthy. I like the other two scoring lines, and Cagguila can sub in for Yamamoto if he is sent down, or Khaira is he is struggling. Leon’s line becomes the 2A/B line with the Nuge veteran line. Draisatl gets the vet responsible one in Jokinen, and Slepeshev and Draisatl are back together. Makes sense and sets up for Draisatls return. And that may be as balanced a lineup as we have iced up front.

  3. meanashell11 says:

    It seems completely obvious that those who thought Nuge may get some time on the top line were mistaken. If they were going to try him there it would happen now. They see him as anchoring that second line.

  4. jzed says:

    Next Winnipeg game, Ehlers or Laine need to receive a nice high leave your feet elbow to the head. Then send league video of Trouba’s hit the next day to remind them that no penalty or suspension is required.

  5. Lowetide says:

    meanashell11:
    It seems completely obvious that those who thought Nuge may get some time on the top line were mistaken. If they were going to try him there it would happen now. They see him as anchoring that second line.

    I think people were suggesting it was a good idea, not certain anyone said “the Oilers plan on putting Nuge on 1R” although I agree it felt like that for a time.

  6. OmJo says:

    Lowetide: I think people were suggesting it was a good idea, not certain anyone said “the Oilers plan on putting Nuge on 1R” although I agree it felt like that for a time.

    Good ideas and the Oilers to together like peanut butter and petroleum jelly.

  7. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Putting Drai on IR at this point does not mean anything.

    Well, hold on there. The Oilers put Leon on the IR without calling anyone up. So, that’s unusual. As I mentioned in the piece, I wouldn’t rule out a trade. Doesn’t mean it is going to happen, but there’s room for one more on the road trip and maybe that’s a trade.

  8. OmJo says:

    meanashell11:
    It seems completely obvious that those who thought Nuge may get some time on the top line were mistaken. If they were going to try him there it would happen now. They see him as anchoring that second line.

    The idea behind Nuge as 1RW was having Draisaitl as 2C. Without him in the lineup it wouldn’t be the best time to try it because that means you have Strome as 2C and Letestu as 3C and that’s just not very nice to think ahout.

    When he comes back I’d like to see them go back to the Lucic-Draisaitl-Slepyshev 2nd line from the playoffs and give Nuge a shot at 1RW, assuming Yamamoto is sent back to Spokane like he should be.

  9. OmJo says:

    I think Stauffer got our hopes up in the summer with the idea of Nuge on McDavid’s wing. That’s about the closest the organization came to acknowledging it might be a thing this season.

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: Well, hold on there. The Oilers put Leon on the IR without calling anyone up. So, that’s unusual. As I mentioned in the piece, I wouldn’t rule out a trade. Doesn’t mean it is going to happen, but there’s room for one more on the road trip and maybe that’s a trade.

    Fair enough – I was just kind of making the point that this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to miss any more than 1 game (although he very well could, of course).

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    McLellan trusted Nuge as a center with 42% of his even strength minutes against elite competition.

    He was not going to deploy Nuge at wing and lose his trusted hard minutes center.

    It never every seemed like a legit option to me.

  12. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar: Fair enough – I was just kind of making the point that this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to miss any more than 1 game (although he very well could, of course).

    Concussions are tricky things and I really do hope caution is exercised with young Draisaitl. A huge, important, expensive asset. No playing any foolish games here.

    I hope it doesn’t affect him too much now nor in the future.

  13. Richard S.S. says:

    Brad Malone could get at least 8-12 games or more games until Leon Draisaitl returns. Very good chance for him as the Oilers are evaluating long-term solutions for the Team. It doesn’t matter if he’s kept long term. He should get a good chance now, the rest is up to him.

    Whether or not Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is traded this coming offseason, he determines his future by how good his season is. Being a dominant force right now when it’s needed can change minds.

  14. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    meanashell11:
    It seems completely obvious that those who thought Nuge may get some time on the top line were mistaken. If they were going to try him there it would happen now. They see him as anchoring that second line.

    Now would be the worst time to try it.

    Drai is on the IR so why would you move your 2nd best C to wing when you have no one who can take those minutes?

    3C is Letestu and 4C is Malone today.

    Move Nuge to 1RW today and 2C is Letesu, 3C is Malone and 4C is ?????

    Worst time to try it.

    Also,

    It was speculation based on a tweet by Stauffer and a fervent hope by me that they would try it.

    It was never characterized as something that was a slam dunk.

  15. leadfarmer says:

    This season was going to be about survival until Sekera gets back.
    There’s a pretty good chance Yamamoto is here past 9 games. Looking at this roster it’s built for 2006

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Brad Malone could get at least 8-12 games or more games until Leon Draisaitl returns.Very good chance for him as the Oilers are evaluating long-term solutions for the Team. It doesn’t matter if he’s kept long term.He should get a good chance now, the rest is up to him.

    He could get 8-12 games until Leon returns or it might be 1 game.

    We have no idea – sometimes these things linger forever, sometimes its a fairly short period of time.

    All this is is speculation.

  17. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – “Lucic has a broken finger”? How did I miss this?

  18. Lowetide says:

    OmJo:
    I think Stauffer got our hopes up in the summer with the idea of Nuge on McDavid’s wing. That’s about the closest the organization came to acknowledging it might be a thing this season.

    I hated it. Absolutely despise the idea.

  19. hunter1909 says:

    If Yamamoto stays I can see it causing considerable tension among the regulars.

    Scrappy Doo is listed as a first line player? Give me a break.

    He’s not scoring worth a damn, and with the team losing I reckon Coach McC needs to start up a blender of regulars fast in the hope there’s still enough residual 2017 playoff juice to compensate for the loss of Sekera/Leon.

    “Scrappy” Yamamoto needs to go.

  20. godot10 says:

    Medical question for the doctors out there.

    Seeing as how Draisaitl’s eye was shut by swelling/bleeding, suppose there was also a small small bleed inside the skull (not serious enough for surgery or anything like that). My question is how soon would one be able to return to contact sport.

    Basically, what would be the protocol in a situation like that.

  21. digger50 says:

    hunter1909:
    If Yamamoto stays I can see it causing considerable tension among the regulars.

    Scrappy Doo is listed as a first line player?Give me a break.

    He’s not scoring worth a damn, and with the team losing I reckon Coach McC needs to start up a blender of regulars fast in the hope there’s still enough residual 2017 playoff juice to compensate for the loss of Sekera/Leon.

    “Scrappy” Yamamoto needs to go.

    Taking into account for injuries, you can Blend the line up any way you want, it’s not spitting out top six wingers.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    Matheson has reported that Drai did skate this morning by himself – that is a good sign.

  23. GMB3 says:

    hunter1909:
    If Yamamoto stays I can see it causing considerable tension among the regulars.

    Scrappy Doo is listed as a first line player?Give me a break.

    He’s not scoring worth a damn, and with the team losing I reckon Coach McC needs to start up a blender of regulars fast in the hope there’s still enough residual 2017 playoff juice to compensate for the loss of Sekera/Leon.

    “Scrappy” Yamamoto needs to go.

    Why does he need to go? The regulars don’t have enough high end talent to deserve to play on that first line. Yamamoto got what 12 minutes of ice time combined in his first two NHL games?

  24. Psyche says:

    There will be concussion protocol in place in which Draisaitl has to pass all the steps. If he fails any step then he goes back to square one. That’s typical but I’m not sure “because Oilers.”

    Imagine if this injury occurs next season after Nuge is traded. Oilers would be hooped!

  25. leadfarmer says:

    godot10,

    godot10:
    Medical question for the doctors out there.

    Seeing as how Draisaitl’s eye was shut by swelling/bleeding, suppose there was also a small small bleed inside the skull (not serious enough for surgery or anything like that).My question is how soon would one be able to return to contact sport.

    Basically, what would be the protocol in a situation like that.

    Protocol would be hospital admission and monitoring in a ICU. Even a tiny bleed has a follow up Ct to make sure it’s not worsening. It takes a huge amount of force to cause a brain bleed in a 20 year old. 80 year old not so much.

  26. Pouzar says:

    RIP John Dunsworth

  27. leadfarmer says:

    hunter1909:
    If Yamamoto stays I can see it causing considerable tension among the regulars.

    Scrappy Doo is listed as a first line player?Give me a break.

    He’s not scoring worth a damn, and with the team losing I reckon Coach McC needs to start up a blender of regulars fast in the hope there’s still enough residual 2017 playoff juice to compensate for the loss of Sekera/Leon.

    “Scrappy” Yamamoto needs to go.

    He needs to go because the pressure to fix Chias problems should not be on him. There’s not a single player in this lineup that is or has the potential to be a first or second line RW. Maybe Sleppy if you squint hard enough. In other words these regulars are not and will never be fighting for the same job as Yamamoto

  28. godot10 says:

    leadfarmer:
    godot10,

    Protocol would be hospital admission and monitoring in a ICU.Even a tiny bleed has a follow up Ct to make sure it’s not worsening.It takes a huge amount of force to cause a brain bleed in a 20 year old.80 year old not so much.

    Thanks.

  29. Professor Q says:

    Is Mark Streit available? Or would this require permission from Montréal? Or 30 teams?

  30. who says:

    Psyche:
    There will be concussion protocol in place in which Draisaitl has to pass all the steps. If he fails any step then he goes back to square one. That’s typical but I’m not sure “because Oilers.”

    Imagine if this injury occurs next season after Nuge is traded. Oilers would be hooped!

    And this is why you don’t trade Nuge. Not this season, not next season. You don’t have enough skilled forwards to let him go and they have absolutely no center depth behind the big three.
    If they trade Nuge so they can re sign Maroon, Strome and/or Letestu I think I will puke.

  31. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    Is Mark Streit available? Or would this require permission from Montréal? Or 30 teams?

    He is a free agent and he is apparently done. Habs need blue and just cast him away. Then again, PC traded for Tomas Kaberle. 🙂

  32. stush18 says:

    Professor Q:
    Is Mark Streit available? Or would this require permission from Montréal? Or 30 teams?

    He should be available.

    How’s his stats look woodguy? I’m usually wary about older dmen but he wasn’t a physical guy ever. Sekera-lite?

  33. stush18 says:

    ALso, this might be an unpopular opinion, but I would move auvitu up and play him on left wing.

    He has obvious puck skills, is a very good skater, and he already enjoys jumping up into the rush.

    Maroon-mcdavid-yam
    Lucic-nuge-kassian
    Auvitu-strome-slepy
    JJ-letestu-jokinen

    Mact would do it.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: He needs to go because the pressure to fix Chias problems should not be on him.There’s not a single player in this lineup that is or has the potential to be a first or second line RW.Maybe Sleppy if you squint hard enough.In other words these regulars are not and will never be fighting for the same job as Yamamoto

    They competed to game 7 of the 2nd round with Caggulia as 1RW and Slep as 2RW.

  35. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Disagree, sir. Cagguila at his finest isn’t even a shadow of Hemsky at his most banal, and as much as I like Sleppy’s potential, he is nowhere near the impact player Torres arose into during that playoff stretch.

    If your point, however, is that you don’t need household stalwarts for your team to compete for the Grail, then agreed. We could do so with what we have at hand, with a little luck and circumstance.

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sorry, I meant game 7 of the 2nd round, not the SCF.

    They had Caggulia at 1RW and Slep at 2W for most of the 2nd round.

    If Sekera didn’t get hurt they very well could have had Drake at 1RW and Slep at 2RW for the first game of the WCF.

  37. digger50 says:

    Thoughts on the new defensive coverage they are playing?

    Last year the wingers would not drop below the hash marks. It was like they hit an invisible force field there, I thought it was a bit overdone.

    This year the wingers are picking up a man and staying with him, following him deep, even behind the net. On the occasion the puck gets out to the point, the d are too far away and too slow to gap
    Up.

    This new system cost three goals so far. This was when it seemed to fail, I have not noticed when it has been working effectively.

  38. Munny says:

    hunter1909,

    Your optimism lasted longer last season, lol.

  39. Munny says:

    Two neutron stars collided today, and was caught on telescope. What an event!

    Might not see McCurdy for two weeks.

    Correction: This happened in August, the press conference was today.

  40. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    McLellan trusted Nuge as a center with 42% of his even strength minutes against elite competition.

    He was not going to deploy Nuge at wing and lose his trusted hard minutes center.

    It never every seemed like a legit option to me.

    Last year McDavid was 37% vs Elite and RNH was 42%.

    This year so far:

    vs CGY – 5v5 TOI vs Monahan
    McDavid 8:01 (0-0 in goals)
    RNH 3:28 (0-0)

    at VAN – 5v5 TOI vs Horvat
    RNH 5:19 (0-0)
    McDavid 3:35 (0-1)

    vs WPG – 5v5 TOI vs Scheifele
    McDavid 8:09 (0-2)
    RNH 5:01 (0-0)

    vs OTT – 5v5 TOI vs Brassard
    RNH 5:12 (0-0)
    McDavid 3:12 (0-0)

    McDavid is 0-3 in goal share vs the best in this small sample.

    So it looks like McLellan chased McDavid vs other teams best at home vs CGY and WPG.

    Green got Horvat away from McDavid with last change in VAN

    WIth Drai down it looks like McLellan went RNH vs Brassard with last change.

    McLellan clearly started McDavid vs best and not RNH this year until he either didn’t have last change or lost Drai.

    He also may have shied away from McDavid vs best after Scheifele ate his lunch in game 3.

    So his plan looks like it started with McDavid as his tough minute center, not Nuge.

  41. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: I hated it. Absolutely despise the idea.

    I don’t know why.

    2 of these 3 players will be centers at one time:

    McDavid
    Nuge
    Drai

    McLellan started with McDavid as power vs power and was 0-3 in goals when Drai went down.

    So why not have a better defensive player in Nuge with McDavid instead of Drai?

    Drai was playing lots of F1 in the dzone on McDavid’s line in the first 3 games as well (RNH being F1 was one of the reasons I liked him there)

    Nuge is better at taking on the toughs than Drai, why not put him there?

    Probably would have turned out better than 0-3 vs VAN and WPG too.

    McDavid is no screaming hell in his own zone. Sending him out vs the best might not be the right thing to do yet.

    He needs a Dzone Kurri and RNH is the closest they have on the roster.

    Frees up McDavid for more fast breaks too, but they were already doing that when Drai was playing F1 in the dzone this year.

    He wasn’t every time, but it seemed like he was the default option unless McDavid was clearly in the better position when the opposition gained the zone.

  42. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Another plus of putting RNH with McDavid (when Drai is healthy) is that he’s not in a contract year so when he scores as much as Drai there Peter won’t be tempted to give him $8.5MM/yr

    Well he might be tempted, but he won’t be able to.

  43. Jethro Tull says:

    Munny:
    Two neutron stars collided today, and was caught on telescope.What an event!

    Might not see McCurdy for two weeks.

    Correction: This happened in August, the press conference was today.

    No they didn’t. They collided about 130mya. When the Leafs last won a cup.

  44. Jethro Tull says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    McDavid’s excellent at d. He plays in the o zone most of the time. I could argue that Nuge is the Russell of forwards, always making excellent defensive plays because he’s always defending. But I won’t. I love the Nuge.

  45. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Sorry, I meant game 7 of the 2nd round, not the SCF.

    They had Caggulia at 1RW and Slep at 2W for most of the 2nd round.

    If Sekera didn’t get hurt they very well could have had Drake at 1RW and Slep at 2RW for the first game of the WCF.

    It requires near perfect health to be able to replicate what we did last season. We can see how one or two injuries can throw everything off.

  46. Professor Q says:

    Munny:
    Two neutron stars collided today, and was caught on telescope.What an event!

    Might not see McCurdy for two weeks.

    Correction: This happened in August, the press conference was today.

    Well, we were able to see/measure it, of course. As it occurred 130 million light years away, I suppose you would have to say that it occurred 130 million years ago.

  47. Thinker says:

    Professor Q: Well, we were able to see/measure it, of course. As it occurred 130 million light years away, I suppose you would have to say that it occurred 130 million years ago.

    At least, depending on the bending of space time, which could distort the path the light travelled.

  48. Pescador says:

    OmJo: It requires near perfect health to be able to replicate what we did last season. We can see how one or two injuries can throw everything off.

    Don’t forget Sub- standard goaltending, not so much as an injury but a handicap all the same

  49. go_oil says:

    Perhaps they sign Chris Kelly?

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    Game Day! Finally.

    Looking forward to a great effort and performance tonight. B

    This turns around starting tonight!

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    go_oil:
    Perhaps they sign Chris Kelly?

    What a perverse result that would be – sign a 37 year old purely for PK where he is totally ineffective on the PK. The player is no longer effective at the NHL level.

    Come on Brad Malone – be effective in your minutes to ensure this does not happen.

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Last year McDavid was 37% vs Elite and RNH was 42%.

    This year so far:

    vs CGY – 5v5 TOI vs Monahan
    McDavid 8:01 (0-0 in goals)
    RNH 3:28 (0-0)

    at VAN – 5v5 TOI vs Horvat
    RNH 5:19 (0-0)
    McDavid 3:35 (0-1)

    vs WPG – 5v5 TOI vs Scheifele
    McDavid 8:09 (0-2)
    RNH 5:01 (0-0)

    vs OTT – 5v5 TOI vs Brassard
    RNH 5:12 (0-0)
    McDavid3:12 (0-0)

    McDavid is 0-3 in goal share vs the best in this small sample.

    So it looks like McLellan chased McDavid vs other teams best at home vs CGY and WPG.

    Green got Horvat away from McDavid with last change in VAN

    WIth Drai down it looks like McLellan went RNH vs Brassard with last change.

    McLellan clearly started McDavid vs best and not RNH this year until he either didn’t have last change or lost Drai.

    He also may have shied away from McDavid vs best after Scheifele ate his lunch in game 3.

    So his plan looks like it started with McDavid as his tough minute center, not Nuge.

    Woodguy v2.0: Last year McDavid was 37% vs Elite and RNH was 42%.

    This year so far:

    vs CGY – 5v5 TOI vs Monahan
    McDavid 8:01 (0-0 in goals)
    RNH 3:28 (0-0)

    at VAN – 5v5 TOI vs Horvat
    RNH 5:19 (0-0)
    McDavid 3:35 (0-1)

    vs WPG – 5v5 TOI vs Scheifele
    McDavid 8:09 (0-2)
    RNH 5:01 (0-0)

    vs OTT – 5v5 TOI vs Brassard
    RNH 5:12 (0-0)
    McDavid3:12 (0-0)

    McDavid is 0-3 in goal share vs the best in this small sample.

    So it looks like McLellan chased McDavid vs other teams best at home vs CGY and WPG.

    Green got Horvat away from McDavid with last change in VAN

    WIth Drai down it looks like McLellan went RNH vs Brassard with last change.

    McLellan clearly started McDavid vs best and not RNH this year until he either didn’t have last change or lost Drai.

    He also may have shied away from McDavid vs best after Scheifele ate his lunch in game 3.

    So his plan looks like it started with McDavid as his tough minute center, not Nuge.

    Thank you for providing some numbers – appreciated.

    coach was clear he wanted Nuge to provide more offence this year and he’s decreased the toughness early in the season in order to lighten the burden on Nuge.

    It’s pretty clear that early on McDavid (and Drai) are getting caved in those matchups – another point to the value of Nuge and his ability to come close to sawing off with those tough minutes and why the coach likely never really seriously contemplated him playing anywhere but center.

  53. Yeti says:

    OriginalPouzar: What a perverse result that would be – sign a 37 year old purely for PK where he is totally ineffective on the PK.The player is no longer effective at the NHL level.

    Come on Brad Malone – be effective in your minutes to ensure this does not happen.

    You’d have to think that they are keeping him around purely as an ‘experienced voice’ at this point. If they didn’t sign him when Draisaitl went to IR then – please, please – it’s not going to happen.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    I think their issue with sighing him now is the 50 contract limit – he’d put us right at 50 and I don’t think they want to do that.

    I think they are waiting for a final determination on Yamamoto and if he gets assigned to Spokane and his contract slides I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed Kelly as it would still give them a one contract wiggle room.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, very disappointed but not surprised.

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