In four games this season Lander had one assist and a minus-1 rating in 9:40 of ice time per game.
A 2009 second-round pick, Lander had six points in 56 games with the Oilers last season while also spending time with the club's American Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Barons.
Lander is the fourth Oilers center to get hurt recently. Eric Belanger is on injured reserve with broken toes, Shawn Horcoff is on IR with a broken knuckle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sat out Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense