A concussed Leon Draisaitl will miss his third game tonight in Chicago, but is hopeful he can play Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. “Of course I hope to play. There’s no secret to that,” he said after taking the morning skate with the Oilers Thursday. “I’d love to play tonight, but I don’t think that’s safe. My head is the most important thing and I really don’t want to mess around with that. “I’m starting to feel a lot better. I didn’t feel right for a couple of days and I still feel symptoms here and there, but I’m feeling a lot better from day to day.” Draisaitl said the injury occurred late in the first period of Edmonton’s 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last Monday, when defenceman Jacob Trouba nailed Draisaitl with a clean, hard body check. Draisaitl played out the rest of the game, but didn’t feel right the next day. “I know, I know,” he said, when it was inferred that ignoring proper concussion protocol might have not been the best idea. “But so did Drake (Caggiula, who is also concussed). Sometimes it takes a little longer (to detect). “It was the hit from Trouba. I know it wasn’t a huge hit. It just rung the bell, I guess. I didn’t feel good at the intermission.” Draisaitl ended up with a mouse under his right eye, which he said arrived the next day.
Injured Leon Draisaitl hopeful he can suit up for Oilers Saturday
Sportsnet | Oct 19