Oilers veteran forward Ryan Smyth, who has been out with a groin injury, skated with the team this morning at practice. He served as a defenceman, with Justin Schultz not participating and Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter both assigned to Oklahoma City.
Smyth says it felt good to get back out there with the team and he's been feeling much better.
"It's obviously nice to be around the guys again and get a feel for the pace," said Smyth. "It's feeling good.
"The groin is feeling good… It's something I have never experienced in my career. I've had some soreness in my groin but I've never pulled it. It's healing up well and, like I've said, it's nice to get back with the guys."
The timeline for Smyth's return is to be determined by the doctor and coaching staff.
"I'm feeling fairly decent. Obviously, we'll talk with the doc and we'll let them and the coaching staff make the decision. I just want to be healthy moving forward."
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The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place on Thursday after taking Wednesday off.
Jones-RNH-Hemsky, Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle, Arcobello-Gordon-Lander/Hamilton, Gazdic-Acton-Eager..Smyth skating as a D. No J. Schultz— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 31, 2013
No David Perron on the ice this morning. Anton Lander present. Ryan Smyth filling in on D today. Grebeshkov and Potter clear waivers.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) October 31, 2013
Potter and Grebeshkov clear waivers, assigned to @OKCBarons.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 31, 2013
The Canadian Hockey League, in association with the Ontario Hockey League, has announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2013 Subway Super Series.
Oilers prospect and the 7th overall pick in 2013, Darnell Nurse has been selected to represent the OHL to compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the series on Thursday November 21.
Nurse is one of only 29 players selected.
In 10 years of competition between the OHL and Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has a record of 19-1.
|"place defencemen Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter on waivers."
Grebeshkov has skated in three games for the Oilers this season, scoring no points while Potter has yet to suit up for the team this season.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins opened his post-game presser by apologizing to the media for the delay before the locker room was opened to the reporters and cameras.
The team, now 3-9-2 on the season, suffered a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. It sparked a meeting of the minds in the locker room after the game. Eakins said this:
"I want to apologize to you guys. I know the room was closed for a couple of extra minutes there. The players were having a fireside chat. I hope you all can respect that."
The Oilers announced during warmups that David Perron would not suit up for the team in their game against Toronto. Perron missed the game with an 'illness' and Head Coach Dallas Eakins said after the game that there was no update on his return.
"He wasn't feeling well after the morning skate and then I basically just got word late in the afternoon that he wasn't feeling well at all so I had to be quick on my feet there to get the lineup right," said Eakins. "I'm not sure what the update is on him, I haven't even asked. I'll get word later tonight or tomorrow on him."
The much anticipated return of Sam Gagner didn't have a fairytale ending as the centre's first game back from injury was spoiled by a 4-0 rout by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Despite the loss, it was good for Gagner to get back out in game action and the centre says he felt the hesitation and nerves early but settled in.
"I felt it early," said Gagner. "But I felt like I settled in. That's bound to happen, especially with an injury like this. You're going to be nervous a little bit. At the beginning, I felt like I felt my way into it a little bit and that's not something you want to do in this league. I felt better as I went along and hopefully I'll continue to get better here."
Head Coach Dallas Eakins says that Gagner will get better when he gets his legs under him.
"I like that he was making plays," said Eakins. "I didn't think his feet were moving that fast and that will come… The thing with Gagner tonight was that he was making plays and his timing will get more up to speed. I felt a few times he was coasting to make the pass where he could have drove his legs and make the play himself."
Hoping to build off of a 47 save performance in his debut, Bachman saved just 19 of 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 loss. However, the numbers may not tell the whole story.
"I thought he played well again tonight," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "The 2-on-1 goals are tough for a goalie and the goal that Kessel scored, there's not many guys that are going to score that goal from right by the goal line to be able to roof it like that. I don't fault him on that won either. He played well again for me and we've got a day off tomorrow, I can think about it more and we'll see how (Devan Dubnyk) is going forward."
The 'injury bug' has struck the Oilers yet again and this time it hits David Perron as the winger will miss tonight's game with an illness.
|"David Perron (illness) will not dress for
Denis Grebeshkov will most likely slot in for Perron as the 7th defenceman.
Perron has been a solid addition to the Edmonton roster so far this season. He has played in all 13 games for the Oilers, scoring two goals and adding seven assists. He has 47 shots on goal, including 21 in the last four games.