Thursday, November 30, 2017
Oilers Place Talbot on IR
The poor start to the 2018 season for the Edmonton Oilers has been a point of focus in the hockey circles already and it's only the end of November. Unfortunately, things might not be getting immediately better, as the Oilers have placed their number one goalie and workhorse, Cam Talbot, on the Injured Reserve, due to a recurrence of a previous lower-body injury.
The move is retroactive to Tuesday night, so he will be eligible to come back to the lineup early next week and now the reports from the Oilers coaching staff are saying that he could be out of commission for a couple of weeks and maybe even longer. This could be a pretty good hit to the Oilers season, which is already in dire straits.
Through Wednesday night's action, Talbot is currently ranked 56th overall in pool scoring with 10 wins and 22 points through 22 appearances. It's a point per appearance click, which isn't too bad, but Wes took him with the 4th overall selection in this year's draft, so there has to be some real disappointment that the Oilers are not winning at the clip that they were expecting.
This is a little bit of a bonus for Eric's team, who has Laurent Brossoit until early next week, as he will get a couple of unscheduled starts before getting dropped through the Waiver Draft results. There is no guarantee for wins against Toronto or Calgary this week, they'll be two tough match-ups, but at least he's getting the chance.