The Oilers play the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday to begin a five-game home stand.
It’s like a game of tag. Eberle gets injured in training camp and returns Nov. 6, one game after McDavid breaks his collar bone. McDavid comes back Feb. 2, four games after Nugent-Hopkins breaks his finger.
“The biggest thing is we haven’t been able to put our team together on the ice to really know what we have or don’t have and give it time to gel or grow,” said McLellan. “So we’re going to have to make some decisions in the summer without having the complete package together.”
The 22-year-old Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t played since Jan. 18 after suffering a broken hand while blocking a shot.
In 46 games this season, Nugent-Hopkins has eight goals and 30 points. The Oilers are back in a familiar spot near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. They currently sit two points up on Winnipeg for last in the West.