The Edmonton Oilers activated defenseman Andrej Sekera from the injured reserve list, the team announced Monday, after the veteran missed the first 4 1/2 months of the season because of a torn Achilles tendon sustained during an offseason workout. The Oilers also announced they recalled forward Josh Currie for the first time. Currie, 26, leads the AHL's Bakersfield Condors with 24 goals.
In has been a rough two-year stretch for the 32-year-old Sekera, who was limited to just 36 games in the 2017-18 season after tearing his ACL during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Sekera has 45 career goals and 232 points over 683 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Oilers. A third-round draft pick of the Sabres in 2004, Sekera played in 81 games for the Oilers in 2015-16 and 80 in 2016-17.
"I felt good the first game when I got the first period out of the way," Sekera said after his second rehab game with Bakersfield last week. "It was a back-to-back for me, so I was making sure I was ready for it. I felt pretty good." Currie is in his fourth season in the AHL. He previously played two-plus seasons in the ECHL.
At 24-29-5 (53 points), the Oilers are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings heading into a Tuesday home game against the Arizona Coyotes. --Field Level Media