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

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.

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.


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 …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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