But for the time being, they'll be down Hemsky. The winger is expected to miss at least the next two or three weeks as he waits for pain in his surgically reconstructed shoulder to subside.
“I’m a little weaker than I was. That’s my main concern right now,” Hemsky told the Edmonton Journal. “I have to get stronger and get rid of the pain then I should be back to normal.
“My shoulder is solid, I don’t have a problem with that. I just have to get rid of the pain.
“I want to be 100 percent. I don’t want to get hurt again and miss six months of the season.”
It is important to note here that we aren't talking about a new injury with Hemsky. He had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum and it's still causing him discomfort. So instead of pushing it now and risking further damage or any other problems, he is going to sit out until things get better.
Hemsky played the entire season opener, but left the second game against the Wild after just one period. His health is crucial to the Oilers going forward, so it's a great decision to sit him now so he can come back fully healthy later.
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