Last night, Oilers forward Matt Fraser was helped off the ice after a hit to the head by Leafs Nazem Kadri.
“You obviously don’t want to see that,” said Ryan Hamilton, Fraser’s linemate. “You always want to stick up (for) and protect your teammates. I didn’t really get a good view of it. I just saw kind of the aftermath so I just kind of got in there in the scrum. It was kind of a little hectic there. We didn’t know exactly what happened right away, then we saw the replay. Obviously, he took a pretty good one on the chin. I don’t know if it was incidental or not but he still made good contact on the chin. Obviously, it’s not fun watching one of your teammates get hit like that.”
There was no update after the game, but Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson provided one today after practice.
“He was concussed,” Nelson said. “We are going to follow protocol and we’ll reevaluate him again tomorrow, but I can say that he’s doing well.”
Nelson had a chance to watch the play and says it’s an unfortunate part of hockey.
“It was a play where (Fraser) was reaching, he was down a bit and we’ve seen those hits before where a player comes in and finishes his check,” Nelson said. “Sometimes, when the opposing player is bending over and trying to reach for the puck, those things happen. It’s the game of hockey. It happens.”
The Oilers may look to recall a player from Oklahoma City. The Barons play tonight at home against Milwaukee.