Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oilers' Sekera out 6-9 Months with ACL Tear

The Oilers will be without a key defenseman to start the 2017-18 season. GM Peter Chiarelli informed media today that Andrej Sekera had suffered a torn ACL during his collision with Ryan Getzlaf in Game 5 of the Oilers series with the Anaheim Ducks. He will be out for six to nine months.

Sekera, who finished with a goal and two assists in 11 playoff games, finished the regular season with 35 points and a career-best plus-14 in 80 games for Edmonton. He was primarily paired with Kris Russell and is expected to be a big part of the Oilers defense again next season.

Chiarelli said he was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday and given the timetable, Sekera could return to the lineup in anywhere from November to next February.

That will open up a temporary spot on the Oilers blue line. Could it be Griffin Reinhart that gets a shot? The former first-round pick in the 2012 draft (4th overall, New York Islanders) did not play a single regular season game for the Oilers but was called for duty during the playoffs, making an appearance against the Ducks on May 7. Reinhart had 21 points in 54 games for AHL Bakersfield this season.