The Oilers’ training camp hasn’t been light on injuries, illnesses and other issues this year, which could make life difficult for management before establishing a season opener.
Rookie camp began with news that prospect Dylan Holloway’s lingering wrist injury required a second surgery and an extended absence. Dmitri Samorukov broke his jaw in a rookie game against Calgary. Alex Stalock and Josh Archibald are out indefinitely due to heart problems linked to COVID-19 cases. It all adds up to Oscar Klefbom’s lingering shoulder issue, which should once again keep him on the sidelines for the entire season.
All of this will have an impact on how the list is built, at least initially. Speaking with team, league and industry sources, here’s what we know – and what could change – before the rosters were finalized on Monday afternoon.
What to do with Josh Archibald?
Can the Oilers suspend him without pay? The short answer probably isn’t, but it’s not clear.
According to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, an unvaccinated player who is not subject to a medical or religious exemption loses his salary for each day he is unable to participate in club activities due to government health regulations or d ‘a sickness.