Tippett says it looks like a serious injury for Nygard, will get more details this afternoon.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) January 30, 2020
Joakim Nygard went down with an upper body injury after he blocked a shot in last night’s loss to the Flames. Coach Tippett suggests that the injury is serious, which would likely keep him out of the lineup for the near future.
The Oilers have a few choices they can bring up, but it’s getting high time to bring up Tyler Benson.
A second round pick for the Oilers in 2016, Benson has completed 115 games at the AHL level. He’s currently leading the Bakersfield Condors in scoring with 35 points (9-26-35) in 42 games. Nearly 22 years of age, Benson would be making his NHL debut, and could likely step in for Nygard on the third line. There’s always the chance that he could climb the roster in due time, but I’m not sure how much more those peaches are going to ripen in the AHL.
The club will need to call someone up. It could be Benson, though it could be one of a handful of players who have had some time in the league so far. Colby Cave, Josh Currie, Joseph Gambardella or even Brad Malone could be in the cards.
Someone’s getting the call. Will it be Benson?
UPDATE: Yes, it’s Benson. And it’ll be William Lagesson, too.