Taylor Fedun was on his way to becoming a full time member of the Edmonton Oilers before a ghastly leg injury in the preseason of 2011 ended his season. Luckily for Fedun, it didn’t end his career. Fedun was going back on a race for an icing call with Eric Nystrom of the Minnesota Wild in the 2nd to last preseason game. The end result was Taylor Fedun went leg first into the end boards and ended up fracturing his femur.
Fast forward 11 months later and Fedun is right back where he started, fighting for a job on the Oilers. The good news for Fedun is no one has forgotten how good of a training camp he had last fall. He was in position to make the club before his unfortunate injury came about. Additonal good news for Fedun is the defense of the Oilers hasn’t changed much. Its added Nick Schultz, Justin Schultz and subtracted Tom Gilbert since his injury. The need for mobility on the Oilers backend is undeniable. The fact that Taylor Fedun shoots right will also help his cause.
While in theory, it seems Justin Schultz and Fedun may be battling for the same roster spot come training camp, I think there could be room for both if they both play well. With the way the Oilers team is being constructed, the Oilers are going to need mobile Dmen. Its the thing that will allow them to skate their way out of trouble when those times arise and the counterattack will become a big part of the Oiler team going forward. The Oilers had too many lead-footed defensemen in the lineup too many times last season. Better variety will make for a better team. Fedun and Justin Schultz should be able to help out with the offense which was also a sore spot for the Oilers defensemen last season.
If I Could Grant One Wish – Skating: Prior to his injury, Fedun was a strong, stout skater. Now, we are not sure where he is with his skating because he hasn’t seen game action since his injury. If Fedun can find a way to get even close to the skater he was prior to his injury, his career should be back on track. More importantly, the game becomes a mental one for Fedun as he deals with trying to get back into game action while trying to put the horror of the injury behind him. He has a lot of things to deal with and not having a training camp because of a potential lockout could hurt his cause. But if he can regain form, there will be a roster spot for him to take.
Prediction for 2013 – He Will Play In More Than Half The Games This Season For The Oilers: I have faith that Fedun will come in hungrier than ever, willing to prove that he belongs. Oilers have a need for his skillset and Fedun has the skills to make the club. It seems on paper to be a perfect match. Focus will be a big part of Fedun getting back on track. Its incumbant upon him to leave everything in the past and look forward to the here and now. Hopefully his leg will hold up for him.