The Edmonton Oilers have activated center Riley Sheahan from injured reserve, giving the team another option down the middle as they try to continue their recent success. To make room, Josh Archibald has been moved to IR retroactive to his last game on October 2nd.
Sheahan has not yet played this season after signing a one-year $900K contract with the Oilers at the beginning of September, but is expected to play on the third line tonight against the New York Islanders. Interestingly, Archibald actually practiced this morning with the team and is only out with the flu, meaning there is likely another roster move coming later this week.
For now though the Oilers will attempt to extend their winning streak to three games and continue their chase of that elusive playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Sheahan doesn’t come with much offensive guarantee after recording just nine goals and 19 points in 82 games last season, but does have a history of providing at least passable numbers in the bottom-six. He also brings an excellent faceoff percentage to the table, something head coach Dave Tippett will likely rely on in the defensive zone.