Sports Leon Draisaitl's vision problems leave him question mark for Edmonton Oilers

15:36  13 october  2017
15:36  13 october  2017 Source:   Edmonton Journal

Oilers place forward Leon Draisaitl on injured reserve

  Oilers place forward Leon Draisaitl on injured reserve The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Leon Draisaitl on injured reserve, the team announced Monday. The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Leon Draisaitl on injured reser Draisaitl suffered a concussion last week against the Winnipeg Jets. It was initially believed to be an eye injury, but in actuality produced concussion symptoms. There’s no timetable for his return. The 21-year-old Draisaitl has one goal and two assists in three games this season, spent mostly on Connor McDavid’s wing. He’s in the first season of an eight-year, $68-million contract signed in August.

Leon Draisaitl ’s availability for Saturday’s game against Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place is as clear as the Edmonton Oilers forward’s eyesight after he missed a second day of practice Thursday. “The swelling has come down in the eye and he has a bit of vision in it,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan.

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Leon Draisaitl’s availability for Saturday’s game against Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place is as clear as the Edmonton Oilers forward’s eyesight after he missed a second day of practice Thursday.

“The swelling has come down in the eye and he has a bit of vision in it,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. “But it wasn’t safe to put him on the ice (Thursday) and it’s not something we’re going to fool around with until he’s 100 per cent ready to come back.”

If Draisaitl doesn’t skate again Friday, it’s doubtful he’ll play against Senators.

Draisaitl was hurt against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday but finished the game, playing 18 minutes. Nobody’s been able to find an in-game incident on film where Draisaitl was injured, whether it was a stick or a puck. He wears a visor.

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  Oilers shelve Draisaitl for game against Sens due to eye injury The top-line right-winger suffered the injury in Monday's game and hasn't practised with the team all week.They will have to do it without Leon Draisaitl on board.

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With Drasaitl’s absence Thursday, Kailer Yamamoto was on the top line with Connor McDavid and left winger Patrick Maroon, while Zack Kassian took the second line right-wing spot with centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic.

The other injured Oiler, winger Drake Caggiula, missed his fourth day of practice. He finished Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Vancouver, playing 14 minutes, but hasn’t skated since. He had some facial injuries in the home opener against Calgary when Garnet Hathaway caught him in the neutral zone. Caggiula had a shiner and a fat lip and went through the NHL’s concussion protocol. He passed and played against the Canucks, but was in the press box for the Jets game.

“We said day-to-day with Drake, but obviously, day-to-day has turned into almost a week, so I guess we can call it week-to-week,” said McLellan, who isn’t revealing what’s wrong with the winger.

Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl benched with 'concussion-type symptoms'

  Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl benched with 'concussion-type symptoms' Leon Draisaitl is on the sidelines with concussion-type issues along with a bad eyeOK, now it’s clearer.

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Yamamoto got second-line duty to start against Calgary but only played seven minutes. He sat out against the Canucks and began on the fourth line with centre Mark Letestu against the Jets before moving up as the game wore on. A terrific training camp hasn’t translated to instant success once regular season started.

“We’re not keeping an 18-year-old (turned 19 Sept. 29) and fooling around with him,” said McLellan. “He’s earned this opportunity, simple as that.”

Yamamoto played 11:53 against Winnipeg with four shots.

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The Oilers were 30th in the NHL on faceoff percentage last year (47 per cent) but are currently 20th at 48.2, so a slight improvement on 191 draws over three games. Not that draws are the end-all, be-all, of course. Last year, Colorado was the worst team in the league in points and was No. 1 on faceoffs. Right now they’re 3-1 and they’re 29th on draws. So go figure.

As usual Mark Letestu is the best on draws at 57.1 per cent, while Ryan Strome (48.4) is second and Draisaitl third at 47. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 40 per cent. Amazing thing: McDavid has only taken 11 draws all season. Draisaitl takes almost all of them when they’re on the same line.

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This ’n that: Off Thursday’s practice, defenceman Yohann Auvitu was getting lots of work with Eric Gryba and he could get his first Oiler action against Ottawa. “I see a guy who moves well with the puck, a guy who can skate us out of trouble…a guy working on the defensive part of his game. He can be a factor if he gets his legs going,” said McLellan … Former Senators forward Chris Kelly is still practising and on a tryout with the Oilers. He played in Ottawa’s final playoff game last spring against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Early Oilers struggles reminiscent of 2015-16 Flames regression .
To try and figure out what ails the Edmonton Oilers this October, let’s travel back in time — and 300 kilometres down Highway 2 to Calgary — where two seasons ago we looked at a Flames team and used the word “unsustainable.” © image image Remember those Flames and the controversy they became a few months after beating Vancouver in Round 1 of the 2015 playoffs? It was a Canucks team, we now know, that was in serious decline, and Calgary was beaten soundly in Round 2 by Anaheim.More than half of the young Flames roster had enjoyed career seasons in 2014-15.

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