Ouch: Oilers lose Eberle (shoulder) for 4-6 weeks

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The Edmonton Oilers have been met with their first bit of adversity this season.

OK, more than a “bit” of adversity.

Jordan Eberle, the club’s leading scorer last season, will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury suffered during last night’s exhibition win over Arizona, the team announced on Wednesday.

It’s unclear what the injury is, how significant it is or if it’ll require surgery. Rumblings suggested it may be a separation, and head coach Todd McLellan will address the situation later today.

As mentioned above, the Eberle injury puts a damper on what’s been an otherwise terrific preseason for the Oilers.

No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid has looked as good as advertised, the club’s goaltending and defense are improved and the Oilers are a perfect 6-0 this preseason, with back-to-back shutouts victories over the Wild and Coyotes.

With Eberle sidelined, veteran winger Teddy Purcell could be bumped up into top-six forward duties.