Sure, it's very early in the season, but . . .
Top forward Taylor Hall will miss the next month with a broken jaw. No. 2 center Sam Gagner is still sidelined by his broken jaw. Veteran power forward Ryan Smyth is sidelined for a week with a groin muscle strain.
Young gun Nail Yakupov finally scored his first point of the season after playing his way out of coach Dallas Eakins' doghouse. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has suffered from regression from last year's form.
After nine games the Oilers sat dead last in the Western Conference with just five points. Trade rumors are swirling around the team, even after the deal that sent Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick.
The big loss, obviously, is Hall.
"It’s never good to lose one of your top players, a guy that eats up a ton of minutes, who’s a danger every time that he goes on the ice," Eakins told the Edmonton media. "So are we going to miss him? Absolutely. Of course we are. He’s a big part of this hockey club and when we do have success, he’s right in the middle of it. He’s usually one of the catalysts.
"But he’s not here. So we’ll look for him when he’s healed and ready. It’s time for other people to grasp opportunity."