The Edmonton Falcons...Er...Thunder...Er...Oilers Take the Ice
Wow: what a string of injuries.
Though the contribution from Springfield Falcons' call-ups have been amiable so far, one wonders how much longer the Oilers will have to keep going to the well before it's dry. Will we have to start calling up Thunder players from Stockton?
It's interesting to see that the Oilers have so much depth and that they're still losing close games despite this. However, the key is that they're still losing.
This is a sickening amount of man games lost to injury so far this season and I'm hard-pressed to find a team that has been hit worse.
Another problem is that so many injuries also inhibits GM Steve Tambellini's ability to assess his team and solve problems of holes on the roster. Not only because he has no idea who is contributing when healthy because the roster isn't healthy, but also because injured players can't be dealt.
This means that anyone that was on the block before being injured, is now off the block.
One guy who has come back from injury and contributed right away has been Steve Staios. Steady Steve has recaptured the form that earned him that nickname originally and he will be leaned on heavily in these oncoming injury-ridden weeks.
Some of the players we miss the most right now are the ones we take for granted. The Ryan Stone, Shawn Horcoff, J.F. Jacques, Fernando Pisani, and Liam Reddox type of players. Souray is missed too, but everyone recognizes that his contribution to the team as being direly missed.
The worst part is that some of these injuries are repeat injuries, things that have happened before in the past.
The Olympic break will be a blessing-in-disguise for the oft-injured Oilers squad.
Hopefully we're not too far out of the playoff picture by then.
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