The Edmonton Oilers have added forwards Warren Foegele and Tyler Benson to COVID-19 protocols.
DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli first reported the news.
On Saturday, the team placed five players and six staff in COVID-19 protocols: Kailer Yamamoto, Evan Bouchard, Brendan Perlini, Ilya Konovalov and Slater Koekkoek. Those players joined Connor McDavid, Derek Ryan and Tyson Barrie, who entered protocols on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
COVID-19 has been running its course with the Oilers for three weeks. As of December 14, 18 players have entered Protocols: Ryan McLeod, Devin Shore, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Duncan Keith, Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse, William Lagesson, Zack Kassian, as well as the aforementioned 10 players.
The Oilers experienced a massive drop last month, falling to 3-9-2 since December 1. Meanwhile, they posted the third-worst point percentage in the league.
Earlier this week, Seravalli and Mike McKenna opened up about the Oilers struggles. McKenna rates his concern levels at 7/10, saying this:
“Everything you expected for the season is happening right now. They haven’t had a deep scoring, they basically have five forwards producing and beyond that they are non-existent up front.
Defensively, they’re not hard on the pucks and they’re not goaltenders. The goalie who has done the best for them is Stuart Skinner and he is currently in the AHL. Mike Smith is 39 years old. When he’s healthy he’s good. But he is no longer healthy very often. The last two games weren’t good for him, he looked completely quirky and Koskinen just wasn’t there.
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