The Taylor Hall at centre experiment is over.

At least for now.

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returning to the lineup Monday against the New Jersey Devils and Hall struggling in the middle head coach Dallas Eakins decided to make the change.

“It’s not a huge deal it’s not as though I was made to be a centre or I was drafted as a centre or anything like that I’m fine with it” Hall said following practice Sunday. “If Dallas wants me to play centre in the future I’ll do that but I’m comfortable on the wing now and I’m excited.”

Hall will be reunited with his partners in crime in Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle on the Oilers top line against the Devils. Last year they were the team’s most productive unit.

“It’s great playing with them there is not a lot that has to be said about it we’ve spent a lot of time together since Nuge got in the league” Hall said. “Ebs and I started together we’ve played a lot and having Nuge back is a huge addition to our line and our power play. Our strength up the middle is going to be a lot better now. I’m excited for him I hope he has a great night. It’s a little bit weird coming back to your first game after surgery like that but he’s done everything well and Jordan and I are really excited to be playing with him.”

Nugent-Hopkins is making his return roughly three weeks sooner than expected. He was shutdown at the end of last season when it was determined he needed surgery on his left shoulder. Nugent-Hopkins originally suffered the injury during his rookie season falling into the boards in Chicago.

“Just coming back itself is really exciting for me” Nugent-Hopkins said. “But getting to play with those two again is awesome.

“I definitely have confidence in my shoulder and over the past couple of weeks getting some contact in and getting hit by some of these guys and talking to the doctors I’m feeling really good about it.”

Nugent-Hopkins admits it’s tough to get a true gauge of how his shoulder will hold up without having played a game.

However if he did not feel the shoulder was 100% healthy he would not be coming back earlier than expected.

“Hopefully it won’t take me too long to get back into it” he said. “I have to get involved early whether it getting a couple of shots or making some sort of play right off the bat.

“I don’t want to take too long to get into the thick of things.”

Hall minus-five in the pair of losses.

“It’s not any easy thing to do switching from centre to wing is a lot easier” Eberle said. “When you’re a centre you have defensive responsibilities down low it’s just an overall different position … I think he’s happy to get back on the wing though and happy to get Ryan back.”

Despite being manhandled in Vancouver the Oilers are not about to press the panic button two games into the season. There is a lot of hockey left to be played and the Oilers are still finding their way around Eakins coaching philosophy and systems.

“There is always concern. We really didn’t have the best habits in the game and those are things we have to correct” Hall said. “But as far as everything crashing down on us we’re not looking at it like that. We have a great opportunity (Monday) night to get ourselves on track.”