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BLOG: Rieder sidelined for 'probably a month'

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan provided an update on the forward Thursday

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan provided an update on forward Tobias Rieder on Thursday.

"Tobi's going to be out for probably a month," the coach said. "He has an upper-body injury and won't be available to us."

Rieder, 25, was finding his groove on the Oilers second line alongside compatriot Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson. The German has also found ice time on the Oilers penalty kill and power play units.

"It's a blow that hurts us in a number of different areas," McLellan added. "He became a very trustworthy player for us. A very solid defensive player, one that you could put out in any situation. Up front, he was creating well while maintaining that responsible aspect of the game."

Rieder has seven assists in 18 games this season.

"We'll miss his speed, his aggressiveness on the forecheck but in turn, he'll get some rest, he'll get healthy and we'll get him back," said McLellan.

The Oilers recalled forward Patrick Russell from the Bakersfield Condors on Thursday as a result of Rieder's injury.

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