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Edmonton’s Lander out ‘a minimum of four weeks’ with broken foot

Feb 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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Already thin down the middle, the Edmonton Oilers will now be without center Anton Lander for at least a month after an MRI confirmed the 21-year-old has a broken foot.

“He broke his foot,” said coach Ralph Krueger. “That’s a minimum of four weeks.”

Lander suffered the break early in Wednesday’s game against the Stars when he blocked a shot.

In addition to Lander, two other Edmonton centers are out with injuries — Shawn Horcoff has a broken knuckle and Eric Belanger has been sidelined with a broken toe.

And while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to play Saturday, he’s been dealing with a sore shoulder that caused him to skip the Dallas game.

In a related story, the Oilers have called up center Chris VandeVelde from AHL Oklahoma City.

  1. nach0mancandysandwich - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Good day Oilers fan. I’m here on behalf of the New York Rangers. We see you need some help at center. It just so happens that we have a hulking center that has been made redundant with the emergence of J.T. Miller. Lets make a deal. Brian Boyle for Ryan Jones. If that doesn’t work we will throw in Derek Stepan and a 3rd for Ryan Jones and Sam Gagner. You have one hour. I will patiently await your response.

  2. raiderufan - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Broken knuckle? Friggin ouch man! I’ve dislocated a knuckle and it SUCKED! Broken? Damn!

  3. sergeikremlin - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Oilers forwards under 23 years old:

    Hall – 21
    Eberle – 22
    RNH – 19
    Yakupov – 19
    Gagner – 23
    Paajarvi – 21
    Lander – 21
    Hartikainen – 22

    And they have guys like Tobias Rieder, Tyler Pitlick, and Curtis Hamilton who will be pushing for spots in years to come.

    Obviously the quartet of Hall, Eberle, RNH, and Yakupov isn’t going anywhere, but they need to deal some of their young assets (Paajarvi being the most obvious) and balance out their lineup both positionally and in terms of maturity if they intend to start winning playoff games instead of draft lotteries.

    • nach0mancandysandwich - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      My goodness, this team is so likeable. I love the youth and talent, in all honesty with a good power forward or 2 they and a good goalie they could be cup ready!

      • jaredphi - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        I agree with nach0. I am not an Oilers fan but there’s a lot to be excited about with this squad.

        As I’ve said on here previously, my only regret is not being able to catch a lot of Edmonton games as they usually come on too late for me (I’m East Coast).

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