Edmonton Oilers Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Talbot will defend the cage Thursday in Chicago.
Impact: Talbot -- much like his 1-4-0 Oilers -- has endured a horrendous start to 2017-18, going 1-3-0 with a 3.96 GAA and .880 save percentage, as well as being chased in two starts. There has been a lot of talk amongst the team in recent days that the Oilers' upcoming three-game road trip would offer a chance to restart, though Thursday's opponents may make things difficult to do so. After seven games, the Blackhawks have scored a whopping 27 goals -- good for 3.86 per contest.
News: Benning (illness) will not be in the lineup for Thursday's meeting with Chicago, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Benning is traveling with the team, so he could still return in one of the Oilers' next two outings against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Edmonton native's absence has opened the door for Yohann Auvitu -- who signed with the club in the offseason -- to prove himself.
News: Strome scored his first goal in an Oilers uniform and added an assist in Tuesday's loss to Carolina.
Impact: The Oilers suffered a fourth consecutive loss, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort from Strome, who was credited with six shots on goal. The 24-year-old is locked into a top-six role and skating on the first power-play unit with Connor McDavid, where he registered his tally Tuesday. These were the first two points of his Oilers career, but he's been firing plenty of pucks on net and you could tell he was due. There's potential for Strome to be a very impactful fantasy player in Edmonton, so if he sticks in the top six and builds off this multi-point effort, the former 50-point-getter is worth monitoring.
News: Sekera (knee) was back on the ice skating with a few of his teammates Wednesday, and he's said to have been moving well, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: While this is an encouraging development, Gregor reminds us that Sekera is only five months removed from surgery. The defenseman's original timeline for a return from his ACL tear was set at 6-to-9 months, but it does seem to us like he'll end up returning on the shorter side of that estimate -- the bigger test will be seeing how well he absorbs contact.
News: Strome had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: It was the first points in the fifth game of the season for Strome, who had 13 goals and 30 points last season for the Islanders.
News: Lucic had a goal in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: It was the first goal of the season for Lucic, who has taken 14 shots. He had 23 goals last season for his third 20-goal season in the last four years but has a career-low 7.1 shooting percentage this year.
News: Letestu had a goal in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: It was the first goal of the season for the nine-year veteran, who had a career highs of 16 goals and 35 points last season.
News: Draisaitl (concussion) may be available to suit up against Philadelphia on Saturday and will be joining the team for its three-game road trip.
Impact: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the news that Draisaitl might be back in action Saturday eliminates him from contention for Thursday's game-day lineup. If he does return to action versus the Flyers, the winger will almost certainly slot back into the top line with Connor McDavid.
News: Caggiula (undisclosed) will join the Oilers on their three-game road trip and could suit up Saturday against the Flyers.
Impact: The news effectively rules Caggiula out for Thursday's clash with the Blackhawks, but fantasy owners should be encouraged that he is making progress. The winger was held off the scoresheet in the two opening games of the year -- contributing just three shots on goal, nine hits and a minus-1 rating.
News: Brossoit gave up five goals on 21 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: It was the first start of the season for Brossoit and it certainly didn't go as planned. With Cam Talbot struggling out of the gate, the backup was given an opportunity to earn some future crease time, but ultimately ended up doing more harm than good. It's clear Talbot is the man in Edmonton and the team may be hesitant to give its starter more time off following a dismal showing by Brossoit. The 24-year-old actually looked great in limited action last season, so when Brossoit does get that occasional spot start, expect a better showing than what we saw Tuesday.