It was a cringe-worthy moment as fans saw Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson helped off the ice midway through the first period of the Winnipeg Jets game on Sunday night.
“He’s being tested today, he will get some MRIs and pictures done,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, who updated the media on Monday.
“Without knowing the results and just listening to the trainers’ talk, I think Davy’s going to be a bit more long-term than short-term. We’re hoping for positive results but we won’t know until later on today.”
It seems as though every time a player returns, another Oiler sustains an unexpected (and un-welcomed) injury. But with each fallen player, McLellan said it presents new opportunities for other individuals to step up.
“We’ve lost big pieces all year. In retrospect it’s probably hurt our team, it’s hurt our record, but it’s also allowed some others to play through,” said the bench boss.
“Leon Draisaitl, — we sent him to the minors to start but with injuries he got a chance to come up — Darnell Nurse, those type of players have been able to come in and perform. It’s forced us to pick people up off waivers and trade for people that we get to take a look at and maybe those players will be part of our future.”
As Davidson prepares to exit stage left, Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom may very well be making his return. The blueliner skated with a few players Monday in full equipment. He hasn’t played since Dec. 11 as a result of multiple ailments.
“That’s an exciting sign for us. As we lose Davy, to see Klef in full hockey equipment going through some of the drills, that’s something we’ve all been looking forward to,” said McLellan.
“Now, can he maintain that, are there going to be any setbacks? That’s what the next week to 10 days is for. We’d like to get him back before the season is over, get some games under his belt and just see where he’s at. Let him feel confident in his body heading into the summer so that he can have a real good few months and a strong mental approach [heading] into training camp next year.”
Klefbom has missed 38 games.