The Edmonton Oilers have had a busy Friday that started with early morning practices and will later end with a game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Head Coach Todd McLellan provided some updates, the World Cup of Hockey is officially over and more Edmonton prospects are looking to shine. Here’s everything you need to know.
– Patrick Maroon appeared to suffer an apparent leg injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Canucks. McLellan listed the “Big Rig” as day-to-day and assured the media that the injury is not serious. This is huge for Edmonton, as losing a left winger like Maroon would be horrifying, especially before the season even began.
– Nail Yakupov is also listed as day-to-day, and was held out of the lineup on Wednesday due to a “minor issue.” He is currently recovering from a lower body injury, and could possibly play Sunday, according to McLellan. In the meantime, Kris Versteeg took his place, and it looks like Jesse Puljujarvi will get another chance to prove his worth.
– Jesse Puljujarvi will play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the top line Friday against Winnipeg. Nugent-Hopkins is excited to play with the Finnish winger, as he believes Puljujarvi’s size and ability can lead to plenty of scoring chances.
– Leon Draisaitl and Andrej Sekera both returned to Edmonton after participating in the World Cup of Hockey. Team Europe made it to the championship against Team Canada but fell in the championship series 2-0. They did not skate, though there were plenty of hugs at practice as they became acquainted with their teammates, old and new.
Check back with Oil on Whyte tonight, as we live tweet (and post on the site) updates from the Jets matchup. The puck drops at 6 p.m. MT.