While the Edmonton Oilers suffered a blow Wednesday in the form of Connor McDavid hitting the shelf for the foreseeable future, the club received a boost in the right direction Thursday.
Forward Jordan Eberle is expected to make his 2015-16 debut Friday versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan announced.
Eberle missed the Oilers first 13 games of the season after he sustained a shoulder injury in training camp on September 29.
The 25-year-old will skate on a line with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl.
Eberle was the Oilers leading scorer in 2014-15, totaling 24 goals and 63 points in 81 games.
Edmonton plays host to the Penguins at Rexall Place Friday beginning at 7:00 p.m. MT/9:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet.