EDMONTON - Colten Teubert has been back on the ice skating with the Edmonton Oilers for a few days now, but he has yet to shed the no-contact red jersey.
The defensive prospect has not been fully cleared after suffering a concussion in a fight against Vancouver Canucks prospect Adam Polasek at the YoungStars tournament in Penticton.
“I felt good (Monday), I felt ready and I’m just hoping to get in a game,” Teubert said following practice. “I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get into a game. That’ll be up to the coaches. Obviously, I’ve missed a lot and whatever their decision is, I’m going to have to respect it.”
Teubert had an appointment with the Oilers team doctor following practice and hopes to be cleared, allowing him to play in at least one exhibition game.
The prospect, acquired in the Dustin Penner trade last year won’t play Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes, but could be inserted into the lineup later this week against the Minnesota Wild or Vancouver Canucks.
“If I get the opportunity to play, I’m just going to try and play my game,” Teubert said. “I can’t be fancy and I have to keep it simple. I just want to be in the lineup.”
The Oilers trimmed their roster on Monday, assigning 11 players to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City and sending defenceman Martin Marincin back to his junior team in Prince George.
Defencemen Ryan Lowery, Alex Plante, Kirill Tulupov forwards Philippe Cornet, Tanner House, Chris VandeVelde, Milan Kytnar, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martindale, Tyler Pitlick and goaltender Olivier Roy are off to Oklahoma City.
Martindale and Tulupov will be looking to earn professional contracts with the club, while Roy will be battling for a starting spot with the Barons.
“Olivier has to play, I think him seeing the pro shot and the pro attack is important for him,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “He’s going to have to make his mark at training camp in Oklahoma City and we want to put him in a spot that’s going to get him the most ice time.”
GAGNER GETS MRI
Sam Gagner underwent an MRI on his ankle on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. The Oilers centre was injured in Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames when he was ridden into the end boards.