Leon Draisaitl leaves Oilers mid-game with mystery issue

Leon Draisaitl leaves Oilers mid-game with mystery issue

Uh oh…

Chris Gosselin

Not a whole lot has been said about Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl, but what we know for now is that he left Game 1 with eight minutes to go in the second period in the second round series against the Vancouver Canucks.

After spending some time speaking with trainers on the bench, Draisaitl attempted to jump back into the mix, however, his shift only lasted 10 seconds. He skated around and was clearly bothered by something that prompted him to head down the tunnel and get to the dressing room.

After his exit, a trainer came over to head coach Kris Kobauch and informed him about the situation. Speaking with a towel over his mouth, the trainer did not allow us to see what’s been happening with Draisaitl.

Fans and pundits have been looking at Draisaitl’s last shift to see what might have happened to the Oilers’ forward. Some believe it could be an issue with his lower back possibly.

On the aforementioned shift, Draisaitl gets cross-checked low on his back by defenseman Tyler Myers and appears in discomfort. Moments later, forward Dakota Joshua pushed him off in the same spot, and it looks to be painful for the Oilers’ star.

In the first round series against the Los Angeles Kings, Draisaitl put up five goals and 10 points in five games.

Losing him for any stretch of time will be a tough blow to the Oilers in the postseason.

UPDATE: Good news. Draisaitl was back on the Oilers' bench at the start of the third period. Talk about relief for the Edmonton fanbase! 

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