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Oilers' Jordan Eberle steps up off-season training

Jordan Eberle says passing on the world championship allowed him an extra few weeks of healing time...

Jordan Eberle says passing on the world championship allowed him an extra few weeks of healing time and training this summer. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency/Files)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

LEDUC, ALTA. - Jordan Eberle believes an extra month in the spring will benefit this fall.

The Edmonton Oilers winger declined an invitation to play for Canada at the World Hockey Championships in May, to fully recover from a wrist injury and add four weeks to his off-season workout regimen.

Eberle believes the extra time in the gym will play an important factor heading into the season.

“I’ve never felt better,” Eberle said Tuesday after a visit to the Oilers hockey school in Leduc. “I think not going to the Worlds, I had an extra month to train and correct my body and I feel better than I ever have before.

“That being said, I think there’s a little bit of a difference of how you feel on the ice and off the ice, but I’ve been skating a lot more than I have in the previous years and I’m just trying to get ready for camp.”

Eberle did not require surgery on his wrist, which proved a nuisance in the latter part of last season.


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