This in from the Edmonton Oilers, their line and d-man combos for the first day of camp:
RNH – McDavid – Kassian
Athanasiou – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Ennis – Sheahan – Archibald
Neal – Khaira – Chiasson
Nygard – Haas – Russell
Benson – Marody – McLeod
Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Bear
Russell – Benning
Lagesson – Bouchard / Broberg
Smith / Koskinen
The Oilers noted that “Caleb Jones was not able to participate with the main group on Monday.”
This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug: “Clarifying the Oilers release, Jones is “unfit to practice with the main group” – Thus, skating after with a smaller group. Am told Jones will skate after the main group, possibly with a smaller group working with extra goaltenders.”
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- We’ll see how the Jones situation develops. COVID-19 related? Of course It could be but who knows? The NHL has said it won’t be specific on this particular health issue. The fact that Jones will practice today make it sounds like it’s not any kind of major health issue.
- If a player does have COVID-19, I don’t see it as any kind of stigma. The disease is around. People get it. Such is life right now. I’m not sure why the NHL is being so tight with this information, but that’s between them and the players. For me, if a player has it, that’s simply a fact, not a big deal. It’s nothing to hide, nothing to get overly worked up about, and certainly nothing to be ashamed about. Can we all agree that is the sane response here? Or am I missing something?
- There’s also a practical reason here just to be factual and clinical in saying why players are out of the line up. In my 35 years in journalism, I’ve noticed that in the absence of sound and factual information, people will start to make up things and gossip. Bad information fills in for good information.
- I have high hopes for Jones in these playoffs, as he’s fast, smart and can move the puck. That said, I don’t expect him to start the playoffs. I expect Coach Dave Tippett will go with the veteran Kris Russell and Matt Benning on the third pairing, a left-right combo that will leave Jones in the pressbox to start. Of course, a lot can change between now and the first game of the playoffs.
- I can’t say I love these forward line combos. It’s the first day of camp, though, and we’ll see how things develop. But I’d need to hear a mighty sound argument about breaking up the Dynamite Line of Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins and Yamamoto. In their two months together they were only the single most effective line in the NHL. Why not use them in combination?
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