Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/13
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.” Eager wants to parlay that and a good summer of training into a roster spot this season. He’s the type of player the team is in need of. “I know I can still be an effective player in this league” Eager said. “I can skate really well I think I can get in on the forecheck well and create some turnovers. “I know we need some size here I think I can provide that” said Eager who came into camp leaner than last season. “I’m just looking to work hard and try to earn an opportunity to be a regular player and get some good minutes. I’ve done that in the past and I’ve helped teams get to where they want to be.” He worked hard to adhere to new head coach Dallas Eakins fitness requirements. “I just did some sprint work and stuff and tweaked my diet a little bit” Eager said. “I feel good. I think I lost about 15 pounds. I feel good out there and my endurance is a little better. I just wanted to show up in good shape and try to get my job back.”
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