Thursday: The Oilers have placed Nygard on injured reserve, recalling William Lagesson to take his place on the roster. Lagesson is in his second year of professional hockey in North America and has one point through two games for the Bakersfield Condors this season.
Wednesday: The Edmonton Oilers will be without Joakim Nygard for up to a month thanks to a rib injury. Nygard has been given a timeline of two to four weeks for recovery, meaning he’ll miss at least a handful of games.
The 26-year old Swede came to the Oilers from the SHL this season after potting 21 goals for Farjestads, but had already looked a bit overmatched at times at the NHL level. Nygard’s ice time had been dropping consistently, and it still wasn’t clear what kind of role he could have on Edmonton. The Oilers were looking for help on the wing all offseason, but with the resurgence of James Neal as a top-six option they have been rolling of late.
Still, the team is putting a huge amount of responsibility on the shoulders of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl who are current playing more minutes than any other forwards in the league. Losing depth players will only stress that group even more, meaning Nygard’s absence will be felt all the same.
Even just two weeks would keep him out for the next eight games.