The Edmonton Oilers found things looking up for them before the All-Star break. Now, it seems as if things aren’t going according to plan.
Edmonton recalled defencemen Jordan Oesterle and Griffin Reinhart from the Bakersfield Condors Saturday. They also placed defenceman Matthew Benning and forward Jujhar Khaira on the injured reserve.
This is a not a good sign for the team. Benning has been one of the team’s top defenders this season. He was injured in the Oilers’ 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes Friday. Khaira, who was hurt a few games back, will remain out indefinitely. His injury was said to not look good, and he was expected to be out long-term.
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With Oesterle and Reinhart up, the Oilers have a few depth options when it comes to Edmonton. First, they get to experiment with two names that put up decent numbers in Bakersfield. Oesterle can play on the right side, and Reinhart has proven his worth in the AHL Of course, many are sceptical as to whether or not his ability and potential carries over.
Eric Gryba remains the team’s seventh defender, but given his struggles this season, the Oilers will likely give their young, AHLers a shot first.
Thankfully, the team is entering the trade deadline, and if these players can’t prove their worth, Edmonton may strike a deal for a puck-moving right-hand blueliner. The Oilers will likely stay put until then, and see how they plan to get out of this post All-Star game slide.