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.
In Eberle’s place at practice today, Teddy Purcell skated with Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Leon Draisaitl moved up with Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid.