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Leon Draisaitl To Miss Ottawa Game With Eye Injury

Four games into the regular season and the right wing is badly exposed.

Winnipeg Jets v Edmonton Oilers
Eye injury to Leon Draisaitl exposes poorly stocked right wing
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...He’ll be walking around the rink and you look for the guy with the black eye and that’ll be Leon. He’s got a black eye and we’re waiting to hear a little bit more on its condition and how it affects his head.


That’s Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl will be out of the lineup with an eye injury. We didn’t hear much about an eye injury until after the Jets game. This hit by Jacob Trouba might be the reason why he’ll be out.


How did we go from this

to this?

Anytime Leon Draisaitl is scheduled to miss time is a bad time for the Edmonton Oilers. The 77 point scorer will be absent for tomorrow’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Not only will the Oilers be without one of their top scorers, it badly exposes the right wing.

Draisaitl’s absence (along with Drake Caggiula’s absence due to an undisclosed injury) will ice a right wing crew of Kailer Yamamoto, Zack Kassian, Jussi Jokinen and Iiro Pakarinen or Jujhar Khaira. I don’t want to rehash the 2017 offseason too much, but that’s unacceptable for a team that had Jordan Eberle on its roster last year.

The Oilers will take on the Ottawa Senators at home tomorrow night. They’ll try to snap a two game losing streak, and they’ll be forced to do it without Leon Draisaitl in the process. No sweat.