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Yamamoto Injured, How Do Oilers Roll New Lines?

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Tuesday that forward Kailer Yamamoto was dealing with an ankle injury and is listed as week-to-week.

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Tuesday that forward Kailer Yamamoto was dealing with an ankle injury suffered in the Oilers win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. He’s listed as week-to-week and will certainly miss a few games.

Markus Granlund was called up from the Bakersfield Condors.

The injury comes at a terrible time, not only because Yamamoto has been among the most productive forwards on the team (21 points in 21 games), but because the Oilers just added help at forward over the trade deadline and it would have been nice to see what a more stacked lineup could do in the Oilers final push for a playoff spot.

How Will Oilers Roll New Lines?

Yamamoto’s injury takes away a key part of one of the hottest lines in hockey. He found chemistry with Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and they were tearing up the NHL with 87 points in 21 games. Now, the Oilers will have to decide if they plug a player in Yamamoto’s spot or completely overhaul the top-two lines looking for the best fit?

It’s quite possible that new acquisition Tyler Ennis would wind up replacing Yamamoto in the short term on that line. One of the reasons the Oilers acquired Ennis was because of his versatility and ability to play with any style of NHL player. Or, Edmonton looks at other options.

The one concern about acquiring Andreas Athansiou was that he and Connor McDavid were similar-style players. They both liked to carry the puck and run a line. Maybe he’d be a better fit with someone like Draisaitl or Nugent-Hopkins who often think pass first?

Jason Gregor of TSN wonders if the lines will look like:

Athanasiou-McDavid-Chiasson
RNH-Draisaitl-Ennis
Khaira-Sheahan-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-P. Russell

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