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Paging Neon Leon

Oilers will benefit immediately if Draisaitl is able to go on Tuesday.

NHL: Preseason-Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
Oilers could use a shot of Drai in the lineup
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The Oilers have won just two out of their first seven games, which isn’t very good. There are a few reasons why this is.

  • Goaltending hasn’t been very good in several games (though Talbot has looked much better in his last two)
  • The defence has a third pair playing where the second pair should play
  • The Oilers have scored fourteen goals in their first seven games.

Fortunately, Leon Draisaitl can help fix all one of those.


What was initially an eye injury was really a concussion. We’re now going on two weeks since Leon Draisaitl was last seen in the lineup, and the Oilers are 1-4 in his absence. It’s not fair to pin that all on Leon, but the team hasn’t been scoring goals very much lately. Kailer Yamamoto has three assists since Draisaitl’s injury, and while it’s good to see Yamamoto take steps to becoming an NHL Regular™, the Oilers need to score some goals, pronto.

Hopefully, that’s sooner than later. Hopefully, it’s tomorrow in Pittsburgh.