Eberle (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, reports Oilers web site. Eberle had missed practice Monday with an illness but was never in any danger of missing game action. He has moved up to the second line however as currently he is slotted to play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Benoit Pouliot.
Eberle (illness) missed Monday's practice, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports. Despite missing practice, Eberle is expected to play against Chicago on Wednesday, with bench boss Todd McLellan chalked up his absence to "trying to keep sick guys away from healthy guys." After a slow start to the season, Eberle has found himself on the third line, but he is still getting 2:39 of power play time per game. With Eberle's level of talent, he should find a way to break out of his slump in the near future.
Eberle admitted Tuesday that he is still a bit rusty, reports Oilers web site. Eberle admitted that the hardest thing about missing the first month of the season is adjusting to the speed of the game. Eberle did score a power play goal in his first game back but coach Todd McLellan still thinks he may have expected to much to soon from his top winger so he has moved him down to the third line for the immediate future. McLellan though has tinkered with his forward lines all season long so this is unlikely to last very long.
Eberle (shoulder) will make his season debut Friday against the Penguins, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Eberle's return couldn't come at a better time for the Oilers, as they just lost Connor McDavid (collarbone) indefinitely, which left the team exceedingly thin at center. With Eberle back in the lineup, Edmonton is expected to move Leon Draisaitl back to his natural center position, where he will likely skate alongside Eberle and Taylor Hall on the Oilers' top line.
Eberle (shoulder) is scheduled to practice again on Wednesday and is in line to play Friday, Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal reports. Eberle was injured toward the end of the preseason and his absence stunted the potential of the youthful Oilers team. With Connor McDavid getting injured Tuesday night, Eberle's return could not come at a better time for the team. He scored 24 goals and 63 points in 81 games last season and has been one of the most durable players in the league, this injury notwithstanding.
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