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Fresh chance for Ben Eager with Oilers

Ben Eager smiles during Oilers training camp at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013....

Ben Eager smiles during Oilers training camp at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

VANCOUVER - Many figured Ben Eager’s days with the Edmonton Oilers were over after being put on waivers by the club last season.

However, when Eager went unclaimed, he began the road to redemption, working his way from Oklahoma City back into the Oilers’ good graces.

The road continued Wednesday when the Oilers took on the Vancouver Canucks in their third game of the preseason. Eager skated on the Oilers fourth line with Will Acton and Mike Brown.

“I used my time down in OKC to improve my game,” Eager said. “I got a better opportunity and it was nice to get back in the playoffs and go on a long playoff run. I love playing in the playoffs. I think I’m a playoff-style player.

“It was a great experience down there and it was nice to get refreshed hockey-wise. Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and realized why you play the game. I had a lot of fun down there.”


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