Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz has been out of commission since October 27 dealing with some back issues.
Schultz has a bulging disc but is clearly on the mend as he skated with the team for the first time on Monday.
“I skated a couple times last week by myself or with (Lauri Korpikoski),” said Schultz. “It’s good to be back with the guys. You definitely don’t feel part of the team when they’re on the road and you’re here alone so it’s good to be back.”
As for a timetable for return, Schultz doesn’t have one but the signs are positive.
“It’s been going well,” he said. “It’s been kind of slow but I feel like I’m getting close. I couldn’t tell you how long until I’m back but it’s good, I’m getting better.”