Lander (shoulder) will return to the Oilers lineup on Monday.
Lander has missed the last seven games with a shoulder injury, but will return tonight vs. the Red Wings. Prior to getting injured, Lander had picked up three goals in his last five games. He is expected to replace Keith Aulie, who served as a seventh defenseman yesterday vs. Carolina.
The Oilers have placed Anton Lander (shoulder) on IR.
Lander injured his shoulder in Wednesday’s win over the Bruins. It is a rough break for Lander, who had four goals and four assists (8 points) in his last 13 games. His immediate movement to IR means he will miss at least the next three games.
The Oilers recalled Anton Lander from Oklahoma City (AHL) on Friday.
Lander, 23, has recorded eight goals and 19 assists (27 points). His 27 points is tied for the OKC team lead and is tied for fifth in the AHL. He is expected to centre the third line with Tyler Pitlick and Nail Yakupov and get some work on the second PP unit on Sunday. He has eight points (2G / 6A) in 94 career NHL games.
The Oilers have recalled Anton Lander from Oklahoma City (AHL).
Lander was the 40th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He has nine goals and six assists (15 points) in 18 games with OKC this season. He has appeared in just one game with the Oilers this season, that was back on October 27.
“Last season was good for me. I am a better hockey player and I have a better chance to make the (NHL) team,” he said.
Considering the Oilers look relatively deep at center, it will take an excellent training camp to remove a player like Eric Belanger or Gilbert Brule from the lineup. In any case, Lander figures to excel defensively, not necessarily offensively.