News:Tom Gilbert will return to action Saturday after dealing with a lower-body injury, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert missed a couple games earlier this week with the lower-body injury, which apparently is no longer an issue.
News:Tom Gilbert missed a second game in a row Wednesday with what is being described as a lower body injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert had previously missed time with an illness this month. Bad timing for him, with the team playing better now.
News:Tom Gilbert (undisclosed) will not play Monday against the Canucks, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert missed a game last week with an illness, but it seems unlikely his current ailment would be related. Nate Prosser will fill in Monday, but consider Gilbert day-to-day going forward.
News:Tom Gilbert, who missed Sunday's game due to an illness, participated in Tuesday's pre-game skate, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It looks like he'll be ready to play Tuesday against Anaheim.
News:Tom Gilbert is feeling under the weather, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: As a result, it looks like Nate Prosser will suit up Sunday against the Canucks in Tom Gilbert's place.
News:Tom Gilbert scored his second goal of the year in Tuesday's win over Columbus.
Analysis: Though he only has one point on the power play, Tom Gilbert is already up to five points through the Wild's first six games. That pace is unlikely to continue, though, as he's on the second-team power play, getting about 2:30 per game on the man advantage.
News:Tom Gilbert registered his first points of the season in Friday's loss to Detroit, tallying a power-play goal and an assist.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert has been a streaky player in his career and he is a bit down the depth chart on Minnesota's power play, so expecting a two-point night every game from Gilbert could be a stretch. He's a solid addition to a very deep roster of defensemen, but expect some bumps.
News:Tom Gilbert (groin) will play in Saturday's opener against the Avalanche.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert looked good in his return to practice Friday, ensuring his availability Saturday. Expect him to be paired with Clayton Stoner during his time on ice.
News:Tom Gilbert (groin) returned to practice Friday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Assuming no setbacks, Tom Gilbert is on track to play against the Avalanche in Saturday's season opener.
News:Tom Gilbert missed practice Thursday as a precaution to avoid further issues with his groin, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Tom Gilbert is expected to practice Friday and play on Saturday against the Avalanche in the Wild's season opener.
News:Tom Gilbert (groin) missed practice Thursday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see if he is able to hit the ice Friday, but Tom Gilbert's groin issue now has his status for Saturday's season opener against the Avalanche in some question.
News:Tom Gilbert left Wednesday's scrimmage due to a groin injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The injury is being called minor, but he doesn't have much time to recover with the NHL regular season starting this weekend.
News:Tom Gilbert, acquired in a deadline day deal with the Oilers, skated for 22:49 in Tuesday's loss to the Kings. It wasn't a good return to his home area for Gilbert or any of the Wild, as they were dominated in a 4-0 game.
Analysis: Other than the loss, if there's one thing to be drawn it's Tom Gilbert's 3:18 of power play time, over a minute more than he's been averaging all season. The Wild only had three power plays, so the fact that he got that much PP time and saw the second most overall ice time on the team tells us he may have a pretty big role with his new squad. Just remember he's not much of a goal scorer, but there may be some assists to be had.
News:Tom Gilbert will make his Wild debut Tuesday night against Los Angels, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: With Marek Zidlicky getting traded to New Jersey last week, the Wild have an opening on their blue line for a potential power-play quarterback. As a result, Tom Gilbert could see an uptick in fantasy value following this trade.
News:Tom Gilbert has been traded to the Wild from the Oilers in exchange for Nick Schultz, according to MinnesotaWild.com.
Analysis: The Minnesota native has struggled offensively this season with just 17 points in 47 games. However, he's cracked the 30-point barrier three times and should see some significant power-play time with the Wild. Monitor closely.
News:Tom Gilbert (ankle) will suit up for Monday's game against the Leafs, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert, who missed 14 games after injuring his ankle on Jan. 2, checks back in with 15 points in 38 games to date, numbers which give him some utility in deeper formats.
News:Tom Gilbert, out with an ankle sprain, is likely to return Monday night when the Oilers take on the Maple Leafs, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: A nice boost for the Edmonton blue line. Tom Gilbert, who is second on the team amongst defensemen with 15 points, has been out since January 2. Check back for the lineup Monday as you will want him active if he plays.
News:Tom Gilbert (knee) practiced with a non-contact jersey Monday, the Oilers' official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: It's an encouraging step in the right direction for Tom Gilbert, but he's still a few days away from getting back into the Edmonton lineup at this point.
News:Tom Gilbert (knee) will be out until after the All-Star break, 630 CHED Radio reports.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert hasn't been placed on injured reserve yet, but coach Tom Renney said on the radio Monday that he won't be back until after the All-Star break. That means he won't be back on the ice until the beginning of February.
News:Tom Gilbert (knee) won't play Saturday, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert injured the knee when he was boarded by the Blackhawks' Daniel Carcillo. He is also suffering some ankle problems and has yet to skate since the injury.
News:Tom Gilbert (knee) is unlikely to play Thursday versus St. Louis, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert was hurt when Hawks forward Daniel Carcillo boarded him. Gilbert didn't skate Wednesday which would seem to make it unlikely that he will play until at least the weekend.
News:Tom Gilbert left the game early after suffering a knee injury Monday, according to the Oilers' official site.
Analysis:Tom Gilbert was taken into the boards hard by Daniel Carcillo. No word yet has been given as to the severity of the injury, but this is the Oilers, so previous luck says it may not be good news.
News: The Oilers whipped the Blackhawks in a big way Saturday, as Tom Gilbert enjoyed a terrific night. He scored a power-play goal and added three assists (with two of the helpers coming with the man advantage), bringing his season line to 3-7-10 in 19 games.
Analysis: It's tempting to take his current stats, buoyed as they are by this huge night, and extrapolate them to something like a 45-point season, but we think that's a bit of a stretch; 35-40 seems more reasonable.
News: Gilbert (back) suited up for the Oilers' season finale Sunday against Colorado, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Gilbert, who last played April 2, checks into the Oilers' season finale with 26 points and a minus-15 rating in 78 games to date.
News: Gilbert (back) is questionable to play Friday, according to the Edmonton Sun.
Analysis: Gilbert saw his consecutive game streak of 332 games end earlier this week. His back seized up on him while he was walking. The back feels a bit better now, but he is still unsure if he will play in either one of the last two games for the Oil.
News: Gilbert (back) won't play Tuesday against the Canucks, 630 CHED's Dan Tencer reports.
Analysis: The Oilers will address Gilbert's injury after Tuesday's game, so until more is revealed about his sore back, consider him day-to-day.
News: Gilbert contributed his 18th and 19th assists of the season in Edmonton's win at Colorado on Saturday night.
Analysis: Why is this newsworthy? Because nine of those helpers have come in the last 10 games, a remarkable scoring pace for a rearguard. If you followed him last season, you'll recall that he picked up his game significantly late in the campaign. If you like to play hunches, grab him and see if he similarly catches fire this year.
Gilbert Expected To Play For The Oilers On Wednesday
News: Gilbert (head) is expected to play Wednesday versus Chicago, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Gilbert took some friendly fire when he was hit by teammate Sam Gagner's knee in the back of his neck.
News: Gilbert left the game early Monday after banging his head, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: The good news is that Gilbert is not expected to miss any time. He suffered the injury during a scrum and left the game more as a precaution than anything else.
News: Gilbert (knee) will be ready to play Tuesday versus Buffalo, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: Gilbert left the game Sunday after tweaking his knee, but a full day's rest has him ready to play. Tuesday will mark the 293rd straight game for Gilbert.
News: Gilbert injured his left knee early in the third period of Sunday's game, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Gilbert is day-to-day, and the team doesn't think it's too serious. He skated 20:08 in the contest and registered a shot on goal, but didn't get into the scoring column.
News: The Oilers want Gilbert to concentrate on getting the puck out of his own end, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Gilbert is a minus-11 in his his last four games prompting a talk from coach Tom Renney. Renney knows Gilbert has offensive ability, but needs to be tougher in his own end, something he has yet to excel at. Perhaps playing with Theo Peckham, who has that ability, will push Gilbert to become a more physical player.
News: Gilbert was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Monday, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Gilbert was fined because of the hit he made on the Flames' Matt Stajan on Saturday. It could've been worse as he avoided a suspension, but if he has any further incidents, he may not be so lucky.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied a pair of assists during Monday's game against the Wild. It was his second straight multi-assist game. Gilbert has two goals and eight assists in his last eight games.
Analysis: Gilbert has been an outstanding offensive outlet for the Oilers the last few weeks. It seems all it took to turn his season around was for injuries and trades to deplete the Oilers' blue line. Gilbert is putting a strong finish to a down season. He is going to be a low-end Fantasy flier on Draft Day 2010, but if he remains a top option on the Oilers' blue line heading into next season, he could also be a potential sleeper.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert scored twice Tuesday in a loss to the Red Wings, giving him six points in his last five games.
Analysis: Gilbert, who had 45 points last season, is only up to a measly 21 points this campaign, even with his latest offensive spurt. He has been a huge bust since Pat Quinn showed up and his Fantasy value is now down to just deeper leagues at this point.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 on Friday against the Stars. He has two assists in his last six games but hasn't scored since Dec. 9.
Analysis: It has been an ugly season for Gilbert in 2009-10. A player that made such great strides in 2007-08 and 2008-09, Gilbert has been a huge Fantasy bust in his first season under Pat Quinn. His game just seemed better suited for Craig MacTavish's style. Gilbert is no longer a reliable Fantasy option.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert scored a goal and finished at plus-2 on Wednesday against the Lightning. Gilbert tied it with 8:39 left in the first on a slap shot. It was his second goal this season and first in 14 games.
Analysis: Gilbert had no points in his previous eight games. He was benched in a game in late November for his poor play and has used it ever since as motivation. Gilbert has been playing better as of late, but the points still haven't been there. Gilbert can be a viable Fantasy defenseman, but he needs to be benched until he gets on a roll.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Oilers D Tom Gilbert got the wakeup call. Head coach Pat Quinn benched him for the final two periods against Colorado on Wednesday and then took him to the verbal woodshed afterwards. "I'll just be a little tougher around the net," Gilbert said. "It's definitely not fun sitting on the bench, watching your team play out there. The last couple of games there's a lot of plays I'd like to get back, be a little better, be a little tougher."
Analysis: Fantasy owners hope the benching will spark Gilbert's play because he has been overly disappointing in 2009-10. He has just five points in 23 games and a minus-6 rating. He is not getting it done at either end of the ice. Gilbert can be a viable Fantasy defenseman, but he needs to be benched until he gets on a roll.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied a hat trick of helpers and finished at even during Tuesday's game against the Ducks. It was his first points in seven games. Gilbert had all of four assists in his first 14 March games.
Analysis: Gilbert is up to a career-high 43 points. He had kind of a quiet March after really picking up the slack offensively in February when Lubomir Visnovsky went on season-ending IR. Gilbert is a developing defenseman, but still passes more as a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied a pair of assists and finished at plus-1 in 22:37 of ice time Monday against the Coyotes. Gilbert hasn't scored in 12 games, but has 12 assists in that span, including four multi-assist games.
Analysis: Gilbert has been a great puck-moving defenseman for Edmonton since mid-January and that's likely to continue now that Lubomir Visnovsky is out for the season with a shoulder injury. However, Gilbert has just two shots in his last five games and has taken just 67 shots all season. He hasn't been very aggressive shooting the puck, but is still one point shy of tying his career-high (33). If you are looking for assists from a defenseman, consider Gilbert a decent Fantasy option.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied three assists and finished at plus-3 during Wednesday's game against the Canadiens. He has five assists in his last five games and 27 on the season.
Analysis: Gilbert is expected to pick up a lot of Lubomir Visnovsky's scoring chances now that the veteran blue liner is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Gilbert was a solid player before Visnovsky went down, but is now even more valuable. Consider taking a flier on him in Fantasy.
News: Edmonton D Tom Gilbert was able to play on Saturday against the Red Wings despite having a lower body injury. He sustained the injury in the second period on Thursday but was able to get an assist against the Red Wings in a 8-3 loss.
Analysis: The Oilers injuries are piling up with Visnovsky on the IR and Horcoff out with an injury on Saturday. They need Gilbert to stay in there and provide much-needed defense as demonstrated by their 8-3 loss to the Wings. He is a big-time minute-earner but only a No. 4 or 5 option in Fantasy leagues.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert missed the third period, overtime and shootout of Thursday's game against the Blues after sustaining a lower-body injury in the second. He didn't have a point in 11:27 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: The Oilers had to put defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky on IR Thursday with an injury sustained Tuesday against the Blackhawks and they would hate to put another blue liner on IR if Gilbert's injury turns out to be severe. He has one goal and six assists in his last eight games. Gilbert has a career-high 23 assists in 2008-09 and has really developed as an offensive blue liner the last two seasons. He logs heavy minutes for Edmonton, but is more of a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy defenseman when healthy.
News: The Edmonton Sun reports that Oilers D Tom Gilbert has been practicing as a forward on the power play and could see time in a game at that position. "I think you miss the right-handed presence of Sam (Gagner)," said Coach Craig MacTavish. "Whenever Gibby gets down low in the offensive zone and he starts cycling the puck he's extremely effective. If you get him the puck in the slot he's maybe as good a first-shot scorer as we have. It's maybe worth an opportunity. We need some better finish down there."
Analysis: Gilbert has six points in his last four games and 25 points on the season. He is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 33 points which he set in 2007-08, his first full campaign. He remains a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy defenseman for now, but this move could enhance his value if he proves to be effective.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied a pair of assists and finished at plus-1 in 20:25 of ice time Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. It was the second straight game Gilbert tallied two assists. He has one goal and the four assists during a three-game point streak.
Analysis: Gilbert has 24 points through his first 46 games and is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 33 points which he set in 2007-08. The only downside is that Gilbert hasn't scored much in 2008-09 and has been much more effective as a passer. For that, he remains a No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Edmonton D Tom Gilbert put up two points against the Coyotes in a 6-3 win on Sunday, helping out on two Oilers goals. He now has three goals and 19 assists on the season with three points over his last two games.
Analysis: Don't read into this recent burst of offensive spark too much. Gilbert's goal at Colorado was basically a fluke as he has only three on the season. He does give you a few assists now and then, but he remains a low-end option in most Fantasy leagues.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert scored a goal in Friday's game at Colorado. It was just his third goal of the season and his first since Nov. 18.
Analysis: Gilbert's last goal came pre-Thanksgiving, so Fantasy owners should not expect a whole lot out of him in that department despite this score. What he does offer is a decent amount of assists for a waiver wire option. View him as a stopgap in Fantasy for now.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied two assists in 24:08 of ice time Saturday against the Sharks. He has three assists in his last five games, but no goals in seven outings.
Analysis: Gilbert has managed two-plus assists in three games this season. He has really turned around his season since a sluggish October and is once again becoming a viable Fantasy option. But he still remains more of the low-end variety.
News: Edmonton D Tom Gilbert scored a goal and added an assist in the Oilers' 7-2 win over Columbus on Tuesday night. Gilbert got the 3rd period scoring started by netting his second goal of the year on a power play to make the score 4-1. He later assisted on Shawn Horcoff's goal that made it 6-2 Edmonton.
Analysis: Gilbert now has 10 points on the year, though he's scored just three in his last six contests for the Oilers. Gilbert is still behind Lubomir Visnovsky and Sheldon Souray on the offensive-pecking order in Edmonton, but can be considered a decent low-end Fantasy defenseman in larger leagues.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied an assist and finished at even in 20:56 ice time Saturday against the Avalanche. Edmonton struck first just shy of seven minutes into the game. Gilbert's power-play point shot struck Robert Nilsson in front, but the forward grabbed the loose puck and hooked it past Peter Budaj.
Analysis: Gilbert now has one goal and six assists in his last seven games. He had just one assist, no goals and a minus-5 rating in nine October games, but has turned around his season in November. He has seven points in eight games and is flexing his offensive prowess. Gilbert is still behind Lubomir Visnovsky and Sheldon Souray on the offensive-pecking order in Edmonton, but can be considered a decent low-end Fantasy defenseman in larger leagues.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied a pair of assists and finished at minus-1 during Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets. He also took a two-minute minor penalty. Gilbert now has five assists in his last two games after getting just one assist in his first 10 games.
Analysis: Gilbert is off to a great start in November after a very poor October. He had a career-high 32 points last season, but needed to play a bigger offensive role due to injuries. The Oilers are healthy so Gilbert might not have as many scoring chances. He still remains a low-end Fantasy defenseman at this time.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert produced a hat trick of assists in a win over the Flyers on Sunday.
Analysis: Gilbert had only one assist this season coming into Sunday's game, so this performance came completely out of the blue. He had a career-high 32 points last season and could get close to that total again this campaign, so continue to consider him a decent low-end starting blue-liner in deeper formats.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 in 21:09 of ice time Saturday against the Flames. He also took one shot on net and spent two minutes in the penalty box for tripping.
Analysis: Gilbert had a career-high 33 points in 2007-08 as the Oilers' blue line was beat up by injuries. He still remains a top-four option in 2008-09, but with Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky active, he is going to have fewer chances for points. Continue to treat Gilbert as a low-end Fantasy defenseman.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert scored a goal, tallied two assists and finished at plus-2 during Tuesday's game against the Red Wings. The game was scoreless through the first period before Edmonton broke the deadlock after some sustained pressure three minutes into the second. Robert Nilsson made a nice feed to Gilbert at the side of the net and he outwaited Chris Osgood before chipping the puck into the top corner. It was his ninth goal of the season and first score since Jan. 20.
Analysis: Gilbert has managed four assists in his last five games and has been asked to pick up the offensive slack now that Sheldon Souray is out for the season. The second-year defenseman already has a career high 25 points and is starting to emerge as a valuable NHLer. Consider him a No. 5 Fantasy defenseman at this time.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert has had some limited points production lately as the last nine games indicate. Gilbert has just one goal and two assists during the stretch. He has seven goals to go with nine assists and is a plus-7 for the season.
Analysis: Gilbert is active in some 21 percent of leagues at the moment, but has been good enough in formats that richly reward points from defensemen. If you are in deep enough leagues, his services could be used.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert picked up his second two-point game of the season Monday as he assisted twice in a 4-0 win over the Islanders. Gilbert now has six points in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Gilbert is only active in 10 percent of leagues at the moment, but has been huge lately in formats that richly reward points from defensemen. If you are in a deep enough league and could use his services, grab him for Fantasy Week 16 (Jan. 14-20) as Edmonton play four times in that period.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert scored his eighth goal of the season on Wednesday as Edmonton ended a six-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blues. Gilbert now has four points in his last seven games.
Analysis: Gilbert doesn't score much and has only six penalty minutes this season. Thus, he should only be owned in deeper formats at this time.
News: D Tom Gilbert has played 19 games, at just under 20 minutes a game, without picking up a single penalty minute. No hooking, holding, tripping or obstruction of any kind. "He's got a good head and great feet," said coach Craig MacTavish. "He doesn't get burned positionally very often and when he does he's got the feet to recover."
Analysis: Gilbert is only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: Tom Gilbert and Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation for the Oilers in Thursday's opener against the Sharks. Edmonton is undefeated in their past eight home openers (six wins and two ties).
Analysis: Despite the goal, Gilbert is only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues at this point. The Oilers will be back in action on Saturday night against the Flyers.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert (concussion) was back in the team's lineup Friday against the Avalanche. He had an assist and a plus-1 rating in 23:25 of ice time.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Gilbert back into active Fantasy lineups. The rookie defender is not very helpful in seasonal leagues at this time, but might be worth a look in long-term keeper leagues.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert, nursing a concussion, should be back before the Oilers leave on Monday for their final road trip of the season.
Analysis: Keep Gilbert reserved in all larger Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper leagues. He might be able to return for a handful of games, but the rust factor makes him extremely unappealing in weekly formats.
News: The Edmonton Journal reports Tom Gilbert (concussion) has resumed skating, although there is still no timetable on when he will be able to return to the lineup.
Analysis: Keep Gilbert reserved in all larger Fantasy leagues and long-term keeper leagues. He might be able to return for a handful of games, but the rust factor makes him extremely unappealing in weekly formats.
News: The Edmonton Journal reports Tom Gilbert (concussion) continues to recover from a concussion and is being monitored by team doctors. He has been able to ride a stationary bike, as we mentioned back on Feb. 27, but no other progress has been made.
Analysis: When healthy, Gilbert is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy formats and long-term keeper leagues. Plan on being without him for at least another seven to 10 days as a best-case scenario.
News: Tom Gilbert, who was knocked out of Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, has started riding a stationary bike as he tries to shake off the effects of a concussion.
Analysis: According to published reports, Gilbert's return date is "maybe a week or two weeks." When healthy, he has little Fantasy appeal.
News: The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Tom Gilbert from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, as the team needs a replacement thanks to the weekend trade of Marc-Andre Bergeron to the Islanders.
Analysis: Gilbert is only worth a look in the largest of long-term keeper leagues. His stay might only last until the club picks up a veteran from another organization before the NHL trade deadline. They are rumored to be interested in former Oiler and current Blues D Eric Brewer and veteran D Derian Hatcher of the Flyers.
News: D Tom Gilbert and RW Zack Stortini were assigned to the AHL on Sunday, as Gilbert heads back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Stortini to Hamilton.
Analysis: The two players might be back at some point, but neither is a recommended Fantasy option in any formats.
News: Oilers D Tom Gilbert made his NHL debut Wednesday against San Jose. He played 12 minutes, including some power play time, and finished plus-one.
Analysis: Gilbert is only worth holding onto in the deepest of dynasty leagues at this time.
News: The Edmonton Oilers assigned D Tom Gilbert and F Rob Schremp to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL over the weekend.
Analysis: The two prospects will be great players at some point for the Edmonton Oilers, but for now they are only worth using in dynasty pools.