Let’s be honest, not much has gone right for the Edmonton Oilers this season. As the losses pile up at least Oilers fans can take solace in the fact that it’s almost over. The disappointing squad has just 10 games left this season, where it looks like sophomore Drake Caggiula will get an audition alongside Leon Draisaitl on the team’s second line.
Caggiula, like a lot of Oilers this season, has had a relatively mediocre campaign. After putting up seven goals and 18 points in his rookie season, the 23 year old winger was expected to make a leap in production this season, but has managed just nine goals and 15 points.
At time there have been questions about whether or not he sees eye to eye with Oilers head coach Todd McLellan and, judging by his Twitter activity, those questions may now finally have an answer. Yesterday afternoon Oilers fan Jon Heemskerk tweeted out a meme that pokes fun at McLellan and his seemingly hard headed approach with Oilers rookie Jesse Puljujarvi.
Check it out:
Funny stuff, right? Shortly afterward, Oilers Nation writer Tyler Yaremchuk uncovered the fact that Caggiula himself “Liked” this tweet.
Check it out:
Wooooooow… either Caggiula sides with the notion that McLellan has snubbed Puljujarvi all season or he doesn’t understand the meme at all.
One thing’s for sure, if the Connor McDavid heckling incident taught us anything it’s that the Edmonton media is going to have an absolute field day with this. Expect more to come.
Report: McDavid and Oilers teammates to represent Canada in Denmark?
According to a report from Swedish hockey journalist Uffe Bodin, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid will suit up for Team Canada at the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark.
In the translated article at hockeysverige.se, it’s revealed that Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom leaked McDavid’s offseason plans a little early. Check it out:
”I know that Connor (McDavid) is going to go there and I also believe (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins.”
Interesting. McDavid AND Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. So, is it official?
“No, I do not know. But they just say they are,” says Klefbom. “They are fine if they are asked.”
You’d have to imagine that if McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins have expressed interest that Hockey Canada will come calling. McDavid represented Canada in the 2016 World Championships, winning gold in Moscow. As for Nugent-Hopkins he has represented Canada as a professional just once in 2012, but has also captained Canada’s junior team on the international stage. Both McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins, of course, were major contributors to Team North America in 2016’s World Cup of Hockey.
Injury Report: Worst case scenario confirmed for Oilers and Klefbom
According to a report from TSN1260’s Jason Gregor, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom has played his final game of the 2017-18 season and will fly home for shoulder surgery today.
The surgery is expected to take place on Thursday and, as Gregor reports, doctors won’t know the extent of the damage until the procedure begins.
While this isn’t particularly surprising news, after all it’s been speculated for weeks if not months that Klefbom has been playing with an injured shoulder, the decision to shut down Klefbom at this point in the season is curious if nothing else. I mean… if he’s injured and the Oilers are out of the race, why not shut him down earlier? Allow him to properly rest and recover for the 2018-19 season?
For what it’s worth, the 24 year old defenceman has just five goals and 21 points in 66 games this season following a 12 goal and 38 point breakout in 2016-17. It’s clear that something’s wrong… again the only question is, “why did things have to get to this point?”