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Oilers Place Leon Draisaitl On Injured Reserve

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The Edmonton Oilers have officially placed forward Leon Draisaitl on injured reserve Monday.

Draisaitl has been dealing with concussion and eye issues which forced him to miss Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Draisaitl has been skating on his own and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Draisaitl was injured during the team’s 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last week and the injury was initially thought to be a concussion.

“The first two and-a-half days we were talking about Leon he had a black eye and his vision wasn’t good enough to be on the ice (practice).

The trainers weren’t telling me about a potential concussion but as time wore on, the eye got better, and he didn’t feel right,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal last week.

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Oilers Recall Caleb Jones

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Edmonton Oilers have recalled exciting prospect Caleb Jones, one of a pair of moves the team made, who will now make his return to the lineup.

In a corresponding move, the Oilers placed Brandon Manning on the injured reserve list with a hand injury.

Jones, 22, has excelled with AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, and comes with a ton of promise to the NHL level.

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Oilers Fire Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock Takes Over

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The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Todd McLellan and he will be officially replaced by Ken Hitchcock, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

Currently, the Oilers are 9-10-1 and in sixth place in the Pacific Division and own the sixth-lowest point percentage in the league at .475, leading to the team’s decision to part ways with McLellan who had been at the helm since the 2015-2016 season.

Hitchcock, 66, has the third-most wins in NHL history with 823, trailing Joel Quenneville (890) who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season, and Scott Bowman (1,244), and has spent 22 seasons as a head coach in the NHL, with stints with teams such as the Dallas Stars (2 stints), Philadelphia Flyuers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues.

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Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team

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Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward.

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian sayss that he didn’t directly ask for a trade, explaining that his agent spoke with the Oilers front office about potential interest from other teams, and Kassian has since told teammates that he wants to remain in Edmonton.

The Oilers have scratched Kassian several times this season and his playing time has dipped significantly, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday when he scored his first goal of the season in less than 10 minutes of playing time.

 

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