Riley Sheahan has been in concussion protocol since the club’s preseason finale in Calgary nine days ago. Sheahan missed Edmonton’s victories against Vancouver and Los Angeles, but appears ready to rejoin the roster. Already at a full 23, Edmonton will need to cut someone in order to activate the veteran pivot.
There are plenty of options, as some players have started out slow this season. Gaetan Haas barely played in the season opener, while Colby Cave has struggled mightily in two games. Patrick Russell was invisible on Saturday night, while Brandon Manning could be sent to Bakersfield without waivers. It’s unlikely Manning gets assigned, the club won’t be out east with just six defensemen, but it is a potential option.
The Logical Choice:
I will admit, I’m a fan of Colby Cave. He works hard, can kill penalties and is solid in the faceoff circle. The problem is, he’s clearly been the weakest link among forwards through two games. Cave has a horrid 25.8% Corsi For through two games, posting a -2 rating to go along with it.
His line has, without doubt, been the worst for Edmonton in each of the first two games. He looks very much like a player in over his head right now. That’s disappointing, because Cave was solid in terms of possession in 33 games with the Oilers a season ago. I also thought he had a strong preseason and was poised to deliver a strong season as a depth piece.