The Edmonton Oilers reached the Western Conference final series before they finally lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Although it’s likely that all NHL teams who make it that far into the postseason must deal with injuries, the injury list from the Oilers reveals that this was a team that was playing hurt for much of the postseason.

In this post, I’ll share some of those key injuries. I’ll also go back in time to reveal that (now) former Oilers’ defenseman Oscar Klefbom’s career is likely over because of a shoulder injury he suffered a few seasons ago.

Holland said no players are expected to have surgery at this time. Final determination to be made in the coming days.

— Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) June 8, 2022

Related: Evander Kane Writes Thank You Letter to Oilers and Fans

Item One: Oscar Klefbom’s NHL Career Is Likely Finished

There was sad news from the Oilers this week. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom’s chronic shoulder isn’t getting better; as a result, he’s not expected to play again. His career, at the young age of 28, is likely over. General manager Ken Holland told reporters on Wednesday that he was “not expecting Klef to play.”

The news shouldn’t be surprising, because he hasn’t played during the last two seasons. Still, it should bring some sadness to Oilers’ fans. There was a time when Klefbom’s career trajectory would have made him one of the best defensemen in Oilers’ history.

Oscar Klefbom Edmonton Oilers Upper Deck

Klefbom will end his career having played 378 games in his seven seasons with the Oilers. During those games, he scored 34 goals and added 122 assists (for 156 points). Klefbom will be placed on LTIR and his contract will officially expire at the end of next season.

Item Two: Leon Draisaitl Played the Entire Series with a High-Ankle Sprain

When Leon Draisaitl limped to the bench game after game against the Colorado Avalanche, he wasn’t faking it – as if anyone believed he was. This week, it was reported that the Oilers’ leading goal scorer on the regular season had been playing with a high-ankle sprain for most of the playoffs. 

Draisaitl was first injured in Game 6 of the Oilers’ opening-round series of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. After that, he missed practices; however, he never missed a game.

For anyone watching, it was clear that Draisaitl was in pain throughout most of the games; however, even though he wasn’t himself in the mobility department, he was himself in the scoring department. Despite the injury, he still collected 24 points (on two goals and 22 assists) in 10 postseason games after he was injured. During the entire Oilers’ 16-game playoff experience, Draisaitl scored seven goals and added 25 assists (for 32 points) in 16 games.

The good news is that Draisaitl will not be needing surgery to repair any permanent damage to his leg. He should be good to go when the Oilers begin their training camp.

Item Three: Kailer Yamamoto Suffered a Concussion During the Conference Final

Kailer Yamamoto missed the last two games of Oilers’ Conference series loss to the Avalanche because he suffered a concussion. Yamamoto is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp, but his team missed him during the last two games of the playoffs. The 23-year-old Yamamoto scored two goals and added five assists (for seven points) in the 14 postseason games he played during the Oilers’ run.

Item Four: Both Jesse Puljujarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Suffered Shoulder Injuries

The Oilers also reported that both Jesse Puljujarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were dealing with shoulder injuries during the playoffs. The good news is that both should be healed in time for September’s training camp.


There’s some speculation that Puljujarvi might have surgery; however, RNH will likely not face the knife. Puljujarvi might or might not be back with the Oilers. He’s a restricted free agent, but might not be a priority for the Oilers to sign. The 29-year-old Nugent-Hopkins had a good postseason, scoring six goals and adding eight assists (for 14 points) in the 16 Oilers’ postseason games.

Related: Edmonton Oilers 2022 Playoff Story: Amazing, Just Not Good Enough

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