Sheldon Souray expects to be healthy this season. The Edmonton Oilers certainly need his size, experience and missile from the point all winter long.
Since the lockout, he’s played 182 of a possible 246 games (74%), which would put his expectation at about 61 games for the coming season.
Souray had two long stretches on the injury list a season ago. He hurt his shoulder in mid-October and missed a couple of dozen games and then hurt it again in January and they shut him down for good right around Valentine’s day.
To the naked eye Souray looked a little better than we thought, and MacT mentioned something along the way to the same effect. The Desjardins’ math says he played with the worst possible combination of linemates and against the toughest possible opposition. This would be very similar to the Jarret Stoll experience (great name for a band) and one he might repeat this season based on the makeup of the roster. We also need to keep in mind this was in limited time since Souray spend most of the season (68%) out of the lineup.
The questions are health and results and when you’re paying the man this kind of money it would be nice to have those questions already answered. The Oilers are probably do as they did last season: run him hard on special teams, pair him with wheels at EVs and hope that the fact he is a combined -46 since the end of the lockout is bad damn luck.