Brule ready to go

The Edmonton Oilers Gilbert Brule is ready to return to the lineup after missing almost a month due...

The Edmonton Oilers Gilbert Brule is ready to return to the lineup after missing almost a month due to injury and illness. (QMI Agency file photo)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

EDMONTON - Gilbert Brule is ready to go.

All the Edmonton Oilersí forward needs is to pass the fitness test and earn a spot in the lineup.

Heís not expected to play Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

ďI feel good,Ē Brule said after practicing with the team on Friday. ďIím not injured, Iím not sick, Iím just waiting to do the test in order to get back in the lineup.Ē

Brule, 24, has not played since scoring a goal on Jan. 6 in a 2-1 win, at home, over the New York Islanders.

The local product was forced out of the lineup with a sprained ankle and was then knocked out by the flu bug following the all-star break. He has six goals and two assists in 34 games this season.

ďIíve been out for so long, I feel like I havenít been able to show what I can do for a while,Ē Brule said. ďHopefully when I get in there, I can play a pretty good game.Ē

Having been unable to skate due to his ankle and then quarantined, so not to spread the virus around the dressing room, Brule has been way from his teammates for over a month.

ďI felt so out of the loop around here,Ē Brule said. ďThey were on the road for a while and I felt like I didnít know anyone when they came back.

ďItís definitely good to be around the guys and skating with them.Ē

In order to get back in the lineup, Brule will have to pass the teamís fitness test, which is administered to every player returning from an extended absence. Itís one the Oilersí centre is very familiar with.

ďI think even when youíre playing, itís tough for a lot of guys to pass,Ē Brule said. ďIíve done it three times this year. I did it a couple of times last year. Itís not a fun test by any means, but itís a pretty good judge of where youíre at.Ē

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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