Edmonton Oilers 2015-16 Report Card Thus Far

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Andrej Sekera, B

Andrej Sekera is going to get a nice, solid B grade from me. While he has had his share of troubles, which he should especially not be having after the huge contract we signed him too in the offseason, he is starting to find his touch again.

He has four goals and nine assists this season and is definitely coming in clutch in recent games, with two goals in his last five games. He has won games in overtime for Edmonton, started a comeback and has even created opportunities here and there. What is concerning, however, is his back check.

He is a defender, first and foremost, and a minus-9. The fact that Taylor Hall is putting up better numbers on the backend than he is is concerning. Sekera’s plays are often confusing at times, and I cannot understand what is happening while he struggling on the ice.

Sekera’s great, and he has been more careful as of late, but he is still struggling on defense. If he’s going to log the most minutes as one of the guys on our top pairing, he needs to step it up and show that he is able to defend the crease instead of leaving our goalies out to dry.