It is still not known how long Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be out of the team’s lineup after suffering a knee injury on Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators. The star forward returned home to Edmonton to have a MRI performed on his injured knee and while the hockey club and every fan across Oil Country desperately wait for the results, the show must go on.
The Oilers will wrap up their six-game road trip Tuesday night in Montreal with a matchup against the Canadiens. No roster move has been announced yet as to whether the team will recall a forward from Oklahoma City or if they’ll stick with who is currently travelling with the club.
Ryan Jones was a healthy scratch on Saturday and would be the easy option to slide into the lineup. Some line juggling would be required from Dallas Eakins to give the Oilers three solid lines and if they wanted to, they could recall an offensively skilled replacement over inserting Jones.
Linus Omark continues to impress with the Barons, having scored 3 goals and 3 assists through the first 7 games. His minus-3 rating could be a concern for an Oilers club that already gives up more goals than they score and the flashy forward isn’t exactly known for his defensive prowess.
Anton Lander, another natural centre could get the call as well. Through 6 games with the Barons, Lander has 2 goals and 3 assists.
Tyler Pitlick is the other name that has been mentioned and his speed and aggressive fore-check is something that the Oilers could use according to some of the main stream media.
While we wait in angst for the official word on how long Hall will be out, the Oilers do have options. Albeit no one will even come remotely close to replacing the services that Hall provides, but if it’s a short-term injury this hockey club has the depth up front to soldier on in his absence. Anything long-term, well, let’s not go there.
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