The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Anton Lander on waivers, the team announced Friday.
In 16 games this season, Lander put up a single goal and three points. He has been slotting in on the fourth line, alongside Mark Letestu and Tyler Pitlick. With his departure, the Oilers will likely be getting back the services of winger Matt Hendricks. According to head coach Todd McLellan, there is a “real good chance” he returns Saturday against Dallas.
The Swedish winger has struggled when it comes to puck possession, boasting a -9.1 relative Corsi and a -6.8 relative Fenwick. In the end, his stats don’t reflect too much conflict, due to the fact that he is a plus-4 so far.
With Hendricks coming back, the Oilers are going to get some much-needed physicality and leadership. The veteran winger also crashes the net and provides a strong presence in front of the crease, meaning that he’ll bring the same style that Maroon brings as well.
Additionally, Kris Russell was one of seven Oilers defenders on the ice at Friday’s morning skate. Despite his return to practice, his timetable is TBD. He has been out with a lower-body injury for a couple of weeks, and the Oilers are in serious need of his services. Dillon Simpson and Brandon Davidson were not present at the morning skate.
With these players making their return to the lineup soon, Edmonton should have more in their arsenal to win hockey games and maintain momentum. Other Oilers still on the shelf include Drake Caggiula, Iiro Pakarinen and Andrew Ference.