The Oilers came back to the ice on Monday after an extended all-star break which saw them off the ice for a full seven days -- longer than any other NHL team.
Coming back, Connor McDavid was cleared for play and in a physical practice that saw two separate on-ice sessions he skated with Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot.
“I don’t even think Ebs and I have played a shift together before," said McDavid." This will be a little bit different for us. There’ll be an adjustment period. I’m definitely excited to play with a player like Jordan.”
Eberle was injured in the pre-season and did not return until after McDavid went down in early November with his collarbone injury.
“Everyone knows what he’s like around the net. He’s got quick, great hands and a deceiving shot. You know if you get the puck in a good spot he’s going to finish it.”
Eberle was also excited to play with McDavid.
“I think with Nuge going down, we knew we were getting Connor back and I thought there was a chance me and (Pouliot) would get a chance with him,” Eberle began. “It’s been funny the way the year’s gone, I came back the day he got injured. I haven’t even been on the ice with him, even in exhibition. It’s good to get out there and practice. We had an intense skate today, got our wind back a little bit and hopefully we find some chemistry tomorrow.”