The Oilers have taken to the ice at Rexall Place for their Friday morning skate.
Gazdic and Klinkhammer are rotating in.
There are eight defencemen on the ice. Oscar Klefbom (who is a little banged up per Head Coach Todd McLellan) is not among them.
- PRACTICE | Wednesday at Royal Glenora
- INJURY UPDATE | Jordan Eberle
- PRACTICE RAW | Taylor Hall
- PRACTICE RAW | Andrew Ference
- PRACTICE RAW | Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- PRACTICE RAW | Todd McLellan
- PRACTICE RAW | Leon Draisaitl
With Jordan Eberle sidelined for 4-6 weeks due to a shoulder injury, it is time for players to step up to fill the void. Second-year forward Leon Draisaitl is one of those expected to get more opportunities in Eberle’s absence.
“First of all, obviously, it’s very sad,” said Draisaitl. “Every time you lose a player of that calibre, it hurts your team. Guys are going to have to step up and fill his role. He’s one of our leaders, he’s a tremendous player and we’re all going to have to step up and make sure that we cover for him.”
“Now it’s my job and other guys’ jobs to step in and prove that I can play or we all are ready to play. That’s what I’m here for. Like I said before camp, I’m here to make the team and I’m trying to improve every night,” said Draisaitl.
Draisaitl is positioned on the right wing, a spot his head coach likes him in and one the player feels comfortable in, despite being a natural centre.
“I really like using my backhand a lot,” said Draisaitl. “I always think it gives me a little more options and I think I can handle my backhand pretty well. I like using it.”
The 2014 third-overall pick continues to push forward in his bid to be a full-time NHL player this season. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says he won’t get a job by default because of Eberle’s injury. Draisaitl has earned more opportunities in his coach’s eyes. Thursday and Saturday against Vancouver are good tests for the young forward.
“I think Leon was in good position to keep pushing even before Jordan’s injury,” said McLellan. “That’s not going to get handed off just because of the injury. He’s had a good camp. He’s shown the ability to play in different positions. Now when we play against this Vancouver team, which I think will be closer to an NHL calibre full-time team, we’ll get a better indication of how he handles that.”
Jordan Eberle is out 4-6 weeks due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the first period of last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. The hit and collision didn’t seem like anything too violent or anything you’d associate with a long-term injury, but Eberle said right away he was in pain and discomfort.
The Oilers forward skated off to the bench, then exited the game for good.
“It wasn’t anything big,” Eberle said of the play. “It was just kind of a small hit. I was trying to keep the play alive by reaching in for the puck and kind of just folded my shoulder over. Just got hit right away, knew something was wrong and got back to the bench.”
Nobody wants to be injured, that’s for certain. However, Eberle says there’s a benefit to getting an injury out of the way this early on.
“Pretty frustrated. You train pretty hard in the off-season to get where you are and you get a setback like this and it definitely sucks,” he said. “There’s definitely a bright side to it. It’s obviously better to do something like this now than maybe later in the season when, hopefully, we’re battling for a playoff spot or in the mix.”
Eberle says he hopes to get on the stationary bike soon to stay in shape before being allowed to return to the ice in a few weeks.
The Oilers are at the Royal Glenora Club for their Wednesday practice.
Korpikoski-Lander-Yakupov (Slepyshev rotating in)
Hendricks-Letestu-Klinkhammer (Gazdic rotating in)
Mark Fayne not participating at practice. Likely just a maintenance day. #Oilers— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) September 30, 2015
The Oilers training camp roster now includes 28 players (3 goalies, 10 defencemen and 15 forwards).
The Oilers have announced that winger Jordan Eberle will be out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Eberle left last night's game against Arizona, in the first period, following a collision against the wall behind the Coyotes net. He did not return.
Hear more from Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan following today's practice, on edmontonoilers.com.
The Oilers have returned to Rexall Place for their Monday practice.
Players on the ice this morning:
Klinkhammer is the extra forward.
They haven’t run set pairings.
POSITION – CONTRACT
Laurent Brossoit (NHL – Edmonton)
Eetu Laurikainen (NHL – Edmonton)
Ty Rimmer (AHL – Bakersfield)
Ben Betker (NHL – Edmonton)
Tim Daly (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
Brad Hunt (NHL – Edmonton)
Joey LaLeggia (NHL – Edmonton)
Joe Marciano (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
David Musil (NHL – Edmonton)
Jordan Oesterle (NHL – Edmonton)
Nick Pageau (AHL – Bakersfield)
Charles-Olivier Roussel (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
C Greg Chase (NHL – Edmonton)
C Josh Currie (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
LW Braden Christoffer (AHL – Bakersfield)
RW Matthew Ford (AHL – Bakersfield)
LW Ryan Hamilton (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Kale Kessy (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Jujhar Khaira (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Jonathan Lessard (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
C Alexis Loiseau (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Philip McRae (AHL – Bakersfield)
RW Andrew Miller (NHL – Edmonton)
C Michael Pelech (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
RW Tyler Pitlick (NHL – Edmonton)
RW Kyle Platzer (NHL – Edmonton)
RW Alexandre Ranger (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
C Connor Rankin (AHL – Bakersfield)
LW Marc-Olivier Roy (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Steven Whitney (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
LW Josh Winquist (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Bogdan Yakimov (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Daniil Zharkov (AHL tryout)
NOTE: not all players on this roster have arrived to training camp, but will be doing so over the course of the next few days