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Already injured Jordan Eberle gets his appendix removed

Jordan Eberle, Nathan Lawson

Edmonton Oilers center Jordan Eberle (14) misses a shot on-net against New York Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson (52) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, Sept.16, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Jimmy Jeong)


It hasn’t been a fantastic start to 2011 for Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle.

For one thing, you have the obvious struggles of the Oilers, a team that is clearly still the worst in the West even with the addition of young players such as Eberle, Taylor Hall and so on. He also apparently went down with an ankle injury a couple days ago (with an estimated 10-day window for recovery) and to make matters worse, he reportedly underwent emergency surgery to remove his appendix to boot.

(The former Canadian junior hero’s country also fell flat on their faces in the third period last night, a far cry from the 2010 silver medal performance in which Eberle & Co. gave it their all.)

You might think that the talented youngster is facing nothing but bad news, but here is one bit of silver lining: Dan Tencer reports that the procedure won’t affect the length of time he was originally expected to miss with that ankle injury. See, it’s not all bad, right?