Oilers’ Evander Kane could return early in January.

Edmonton Oilers star winger Evander Kane is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an injured left wrist and could return to their lineup before the NHL All-Star break, GM Ken Holland told ESPN on Monday.

Kane has not played since Nov. 11 after his left wrist was cut by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon’s skate blade. Kane was taken to a hospital and underwent a procedure that night. He called the incident “an extremely frightening moment for me” and thanked “all the doctors and paramedics who rushed to treat and repair my injury.”

Kane’s initial recovery time was set at 3-4 months.

“He’s ahead of schedule,” said Holland. “Three months were around February 3rd. We were kind of hoping that if all went well he would return sometime in February. now [the range] is late January to mid-February.”

Kane has trained with the Oilers and accompanied the team on their recent West Coast road trip. Holland said Kane will speak to doctors later this week who could further clear him for physical contact.

“Even though he feels great when he practises, the doctors like some time [for recovery] after the operation,” Holland said.

The Oilers play the Columbus Blue Jackets (January 25) and the Chicago Blackhawks (January 28) at home before the NHL All-Star break. Holland said there’s a chance Kane could play in “the last two or three games” before the break, or he could join the team right after the break when they return to the Detroit Reds on Feb. 7 after a nine-day break Wings play team.

“We’ll see how he’s doing. We’ll see how the team is. We’ll see what the doctors say to him,” said Holland.

Kane, 31, had 13 points in 14 games for Edmonton before his injury, including five goals. He played with both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Kane signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract extension with the Oilers in July 2022.

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