Is Josh Archibald's anti-vaxx stance going to be Kyle Turris's gain?

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This in from multiple sources at the Edmonton Oilers practice, the current line and d-man combinations:

Hyman-McDavid-Puljujarvi
RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
Foegele-Ryan-Kassian
Shore-McLeod-Turris

Nurse-Barrie
Lagesson-Ceci
Koekkoek-Bouchard
Russell

Smith
Koskinen

My take

1. This could well be the current pecking order on the team, the players who for now form the heart of the Oilers. The one notable and unexpected inclusion is Kyle Turris as Edmonton’s fourth line right winger, taking Josh Archibald’s spot. Archibald was not at practice today. The Oilers have said that Archibald is not yet vaccinated for COVID-19.

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2. The Oilers thought enough of Archibald to protect him in the expansion draft. But now his status with the team is unclear, as a team can include an unvaxxed player on its roster only if it is intending to bend over backwards on an ongoing basis through the season to accommodate that player. It’s hard to imagine the Oilers will do so in the case of Archibald, a useful fourth line player and penalty killer.

3. Turris as a replacement for Archibald on right wing? It seems an unlikely fit. Archibald is a skater, a hitter and a defensive specialist, strong on the penalty kill. Turris is more of a playmaker and offensive player. His defence last year at centre at even strength was woeful and his work on the penalty kill wasn’t much better. But it’s been said that Oilers coach Dave Tippett put in a good word when it came to offering Turris a contract, and that Turris has worked exceptionally hard to get in shape for the season. He played well in the team’s first exhibition game against Calgary, making a number of strong passes.

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4. Perhaps Turris can crank it up at even strength and hold his own as a two-way player. But what of the penalty kill? If Archibald is out, which forwards will the Oilers use? Edmonton also lost Jujhar Khaira, a key penalty killer off of last year’s team. Returning are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Devin Shore. I can see Ryan McLeod getting opportunity, as he killed penalties in Bakersfield last year. Warren Foegele got 1:02 per game of PK time in Carolina last year, so he’s a possibility. Derek Ryan got 1:50 per game in Calgary, so he’s another good bet. Zach Hyman got 1:58 in Toronto, the most of any forward, but do the Oilers want him to play that role here? If he’s on the top power play unit in Edmonton, might it not make more sense to have Jesse Puljujarvi as a regular PK player? I’ve long thought that big, fast and long Puljujarvi would make a strong PK player.

5. Even if Turris is not right for the PK, Edmonton looks like it has all kinds of options.

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