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Phase 2 of the NHL's Return To Play Plan is nearing its final stages with official training camps tentatively scheduled to begin July 10

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - Alexa, play "The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy.

The group of Oilers players who have returned to Edmonton to participate in Phase 2 skates has grown significantly over the past week, including the additions of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on Friday.

Video: McDavid, Draisaitl join Phase 2

Zack Kassian, Darnell Nurse, Tyler Ennis and William Lagesson were also among the newcomers at Rogers Place on Friday, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hit the ice for the first time on Thursday.

Late last week, Ethan Bear and Patrick Russell joined the first group of Oilers players in Phase 2 that included Matt Benning, Alex Chiasson, Kris Russell, Tyler Benson and Stuart Skinner.

Video: Nugent-Hopkins joins Phase 2

Video: Bear, Russell join Phase 2

Phase 3 of the NHL's Return To Play Plan will be the team's official training camp and, as of Friday, was tentatively scheduled to start in one week on Friday, July 10.

Phase 4 (tentative start date TBD) is the resumption of competition, beginning with the Qualifying Round that will see the Oilers face the Chicago Blackhawks in a best-of-five series.

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