The Oilers are taking a big risk trying to replace Andrej Sekera from within

taThe Edmonton Oilers are heading into the 2017-18 season without one of their most important defencemen. Andrej Sekera could potentially be on injured reserved until January as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in last spring’s playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.

It’s a significant loss that wasn’t adequately addressed during the off-season.

The veteran ranked second among Oilers defencemen in total time on ice and ice time per game, playing a key role whether at even strength, on power play or on the penalty kill. He’s been relied upon since the day he arrived in Edmonton to regularly play against top competition.

One of Sekera’s best assets has been his ability to do a little bit of everything. He skates well and can move the puck out of his zone at a decent rate. Defensively, he’s extremely reliable, pressuring forwards and being in the right spots to not only clear the front of the net, but also to get the puck moving out of the zone and into transition to generate offence.

There really hasn’t been anything that he couldn’t do for the Oilers. Now the Oilers coaching staff has to figure out a plan to deal with Sekera’s absence.

Full article is at The Athletic Edmonton.

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