Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Pisani Out Indefinitely

The Edmonton Oilers have already run into a bit of an injury concern before camp. Fernando Pisani will be sitting out from club activities indefinitely with ulcerative colitis, which is a pretty ugly condition of the intestines, which could possibly be treated with some surgery. There doesn't seem to be a clear timetable of when Pisani would be available to play again.

Pisani was penciled in to be a 10th round pick in the pool draft with his 28 points last season, but now will have his spot taken by some other young pup who is healthy going into camp. A big disappointment for a guy who was going into his second camp of a 4-year deal that he signed last summer.

Dustin PennerShawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Raffi TorresJarret StollMarc Pouliot
Geoff SandersonMarty ReasonerRobert Nilsson
Patrick ThoresonRob SchrempEthan Moreau

Fernando Pisani
Sheldon SourayJoni Pitkanen
Steve StaiosLadislav Smid
Matt GreeneDick Tarnstrom
Dwayne Roloson
Mathieu Garon

The Oiler line-up continues to look very young with some splashes of veteran leadership, so it should be very interesting how they fare in the very difficult Northwest Division. The loss of Pisani really opened the door for a guy like Ethan Moreau, although he probably had a spot reserved with MacTavish anyways. The spots that really opened up were for Schremp, Thoreson and Nilsson. Those three could be the weighing point for the Oilers season. They will need to really step up to ensure some success with secondary scoring.

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