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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Jordan Oesterle played just his second NHL game on Saturday night but in the small sample size the defenceman has earned praise. The 22-year-old played 16:43 in his return to NHL action.

Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson was asked how close Oesterle is to becoming a full-time NHL player.

“He’s pretty close,” Nelson said. “He can definitely skate well up here and he moves the puck fine. Once again tonight, he kind of falls in the same category as (Martin Marincin) where they have to mature and get stronger. But I think Jordan is knocking on the door.”

Oesterle, a free agent signing, played three years at Western Michigan University under former NHL bench boss Andy Murray.

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