uggs kids Patience key in Oilers defenceman Sekera returning from knee injury
Defenceman Andrej Sekera said returning halfway through the season after major knee surgery is trying to catch up to a train that left the station, so maybe it best to judge the real Sekera next fall when training camp starts.
He predictably struggled with the pace of the game and decision making after his knee ligaments were repaired, ending up a plus player just once in the 13 games he played.
hard for Andrej. Everybody 45 46 games into the season and they up and running with their sense of timing, said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. come back in at a difficult time and it hard to regain all that lost training camp, pre season, regular season time and be the player you were. Especially with his injury.
look at Joe Thornton (torn ACL and MCL against the Oilers in the 2017 playoffs) and he had the opportunity to heal quickly enough to be involved in training camp, said McLellan, obviously aware Jumbo Joe just damaged the medial collateral ligaments in his other knee and is out weeks after earning 26 points in his last 28 games with the Sharks. had to sit for two thirds of the season because you throw camp in there, all that prep time. It affected him.
have to remain patient with Andrej. He a veteran guy who understands his body. Letestu hasn had a point since a Dec. 18 goal against San Jose. He since had nothing on the stats sheet in 14 straight games, even though he been on the power play and the penalty kill. Letestu is an unrestricted free agent July 1 and very much in play at the trade deadline.
been traded before from Pittsburgh to Columbus for a fourth round pick, but not at the deadline, said Letestu, who was dealt Nov. 8, 2011, after 11 games that season with Penguins.
Brandon Davidson was back in after sitting out five straight and seven of the last eight, as the Oilers went with the seven defencemen against Calgary.
has been a role player throughout his NHL career, a good pinch hitter, a guy who been able to play in the 5 6 spot consistently for awhile and sometimes he goes out, said McLellan. are paid and are able to come off the bench in a lot of sports and provide punch. Davidson thinks he should be a regular, not an extra, making his point by scoring two goals Thursday.
have to learn from the outside in when you watching and I definitely want to be on the inside. I feel I belong and deserve to be in this lineup, said Davidson, still on the fence between being an extra and a regular. games I played in Edmonton this year, I feel I earned the (coaches trust. But this game funny. I just a soldier. ‘n’ that: Adam Larsson scratched for personal reasons and they dressed Yohann Auvitu as a seventh defemceman, sitting winger Iiro Pakarinen along with Letestu. When Zack Kassian got a 10 minute misconduct for breathing heavy in the first period, they were down to 10 Ex Oilers winger Magnus Paajarvi, who has played 352 NHL games with 97 points, is on waivers in St. Louis after Jaden Schwartz (broken foot) returned. Would the Oilers be at all interested? He only 26 years old and pretty cheap at $800,000, but maybe that ship has sailed. Not a good sign. Maybe they won sign him before the 2018 draft and he go back into the pool?.