Ramblings: Nurse to IR, Slumping Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat; An Avalanche of Points for Kadri (Nov 20)

Ian Gooding


Roto league stud Darnell Nurse has been placed on IR, as he is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. Nurse's 26:05 TOI is the fifth-highest total in the league, and his 53 SOG is the second-highest total among defensemen. He also has the second-highest hits total among blueliners (66 Hits), along with 11 points (all assists) in 16 games. It will be easy to replace his production in hits and blocked shots from your waiver wire; however, you'll have a tougher time replicating his scoring and shot totals.

In a related move, the Oilers have recalled Philip Broberg from the AHL, where he has 10 assists in 13 games this season. For more on Broberg, see his Dobber Prospects profile.

In case you're wondering which player has the highest shots total among defenseman, it is Jakob Chychrun. That's one more reason not to drop him, which I expanded on in yesterday's Ramblings.

The Oilers also announced that Mike Smith is "week to week, at best." They will have to continue to ride Mikko Koskinen, win or lose. Stuart Skinner, who made 46 saves in a 2-1 win over Winnipeg on Thursday, should also continue to see some action. If the Oilers have serious Stanley Cup hopes, I wonder if they start to shop for another goalie since it is the biggest question mark on their team.

Unfortunately, Max Comtois hasn't benefitted from the Ducks' early-season success. Now he will miss the next six weeks or so following hand surgery. This injury may explain his lack of production (just one assist in 13 games).

Kevin Labanc was suspended for one game for slew-footing Tyler Bozak on Thursday. Labanc will miss Saturday's game against Washington. Here is the play: