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Edmonton Oilers expected to place Tyler Benson on LTIR

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
The Edmonton Oilers are expected to place forward Tyler Benson on the long-term injured reserve, Oilersnation’s Jason Gregor confirmed to me Wednesday.
According to Gregor, Benson is believed to have suffered a lower-body injury that could be serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for at least 24 days — the minimum requirement to be placed on the reserve. It would also mean that Benson would be required to miss 10 games.
Assuming that the Oilers place him there on Oct. 9, a day before rosters are due to be set, or on Oct. 10 before rosters are set at 3 p.m. MST, Benson would be eligible to return after the team’s Nov. 1 game against the Nashville Predators.
It’s truly unfortunate for Benson, who came into camp motivated and actually had a solid preseason. He was a guy who could’ve made the team as a fourth liner, or as an extra forward.
Now, it looks like he’ll have some rehabbing ahead of him and the potential for a stint in the minor leagues before a potential NHL return.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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