"How can you not put him in? He’s worked hard, he’s put his nose to the grindstone and he understands his role," Eakins stated. "He can play centre and can play wing. To just bypass someone who’s been just sitting, waiting, I think it’s terribly wrong and I think it’s terribly disrespectful."
Acton has only played two games out of 11 for the Oilers since making the team out of camp. He has no points and five penalty minutes with a -1 rating.
"We’ll give Will a chance here early and if we have to make adjustments, we will," said Eakins.
Aulie, 25, has registered one assist in eight games with the Barons this season. The Oilers also announced they have placed winger Taylor Hall on the injured reserve list.
The players are also wearing jerseys corresponding to power play units:
Unit 1: Arcobello-Pouliot-RNH-Eberle-Schultz
Unit 2: Draisaitl-Perron-Purcell-Yakupov-Nikitin
The NHL has suspended Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference three games for a hit to the head of Vancouver's Zack Kassian on Saturday.
EDM D Andrew Ference has been suspended 3 games for an illegal check to the head of VAN F Zack Kassian.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 3, 2014
Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday.
At 14:03 of the second period of the Oilers' game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks, Ference hit Cancuks forward Zack Kassian. Ference was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Kassian was not injured on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head, charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
The Oilers announced that Taylor Hall will be out two to four weeks with an MCL sprain.
Taylor Hall will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 2, 2014
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Oscar Klefbom from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Klefbom, 21, has registered seven points (1G, 6A), two penalty minutes and a plus seven rating in six games with the Barons this season.
The Oilers announced on Sunday morning that Taylor Hall will not join the team to start their upcoming five-game road trip. He will remain in Edmonton and be evaluated by the Oilers medical team.
Taylor Hall will remain in Edmonton and be evaluated by the #Oilers medical team.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 2, 2014
The Oilers announced today they have loaned defenceman Brandon Davidson to the Oklahoma City Barons.
Davidson has been recovering from an off-season groin injury. The defenceman played in 68 games for the Barons last season, recording 13 points (5-8-13) and 58 penalty minutes.
He was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall, in 2010.