According to the team's official Twitter account, the Oilers activated defender Kris Russell from the Wound Reserve and, in a corresponding move, put Kailer Yamamoto in the IR.
– Edmonton Oilers (@ EdmontonOilers) January 6, 2019
Russell's return will be a welcome boost for the Oilers team, which has been decimated by injuries. Both he and Oscar Klefbom were injured in the Edmonton win over Colorado on Dec. 11 and left the Oilers with a thin paper line.
In Russell's absence, Caleb Jones seized the opportunity to play for the big club. In nine games, Jones has been impressive, scoring a goal and assisting, scoring 19 minutes on average per game, and looking cool and composed on the ice as a veteran.
If it were up to me, I would play Jones with Adam Larsson and fit Russell next to Darnell Nurse in the second pair. That would leave Brandon Manning, Alex Petrovic, Matt Benning and Kevin Gravel as options for the third pair. Jones certainly did enough to ensure not only remain in the lineup, but also play a top-notch role in Oilers' list of players.
Then there is Yamamoto, who has played in only one game since he was called AHL Bakersfield. Yamamoto suffered an upper body injury in Edmonton's loss to the Sharks on Dec. 29 and it is unclear how long he will be out of action.
The Oilers now have 13 strikers and eight defenders on the roster, so we can see another transaction in the next few days to give the team more depth.