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Battle At Center In Edmonton

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish believes the high end of Gagner’s offensive ability is probably much higher than Horcoff’s, and since the team needs offence, they have to give this a serious look.

“We need a dynamic scorer,” said the coach, who had no idea Gagner would be this good this fast when Edmonton drafted him last summer.

“Horc, for all his strengths, is not a 100-point guy in our minds. You need a guy who’s going to be a 90 or a point-a-game guy, at least, in that position. So we’re going to entertain thoughts of looking at somebody else there at times five-on-five.”

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Penner Making The Adjustment

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

Penner will turn 25 next week and has only one full NHL season under his belt. Last season, he played on Anaheim’s No. 2 line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Now, he’s a first-liner in Edmonton.

“I’m working every day to jell with the guys and get some chemistry going,” the 245-pound Penner said. “I need to use my body more effectively and pick up my speed and quickness.

“I love being back in Canada. I already know I have great teammates after being here three weeks. You get support from the fans, the organization and the city. You can feel the intensity [in Edmonton] already.”

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Bombs Away

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

One shot. One goal. A bullet from the right point that Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider never saw - even though he wasn’t screened.

“You see him bomb that one?” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “Wow!I knew he had a shot, but that thing was in and out of the net before the goalie even thought he was shooting it.”

And that’s what the Oilers are looking for - potency on what used to be an offensively-impotent blue-line. You might not want to be the forward charged with creating traffic in front of the net when Souray is unloading his cannon, but Edmonton’s power play coach is about to look a lot smarter.

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Mental Training

from the Edmonton Journal,

“My experience is that athletes spend so much time on the tactical, the technical and the physical, and they just assume that the mental aspect will take care of itself,” said sports psychologist Dr. John Dunn from the University of Alberta.

“Obviously, in my profession, we think that what we take care of is trainable. Part of my job is to teach them how to train.”...

Veteran Ethan Moreau, admittedly a traditionalist when it comes to most hockey matters, is a proponent of having a recruit like Dunn on board.

Ditto for Shawn Horcoff.

“I think it’s been something that’s been lacking—not just for my game but for our team,” Moreau said.

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Oilers Depend On Youngsters To Step Up

from the Edmonton Sun,

“You need that in your organization,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “For our long-term success, it’s important that one of those guys does it, almost immediately.”

Some of them have stepped up, with Sam Gagner, Kyle Brodziak and Robert Nilsson leading an impressive class, but scrimmages and pre-season tilts against watered-down opponents don’t always translate into season success.

Patrick Thoresen, for instance, looked brilliant early on last year but faded big time as the season wore on.

“You see it every year, players play well in camp and excel in the preseason and it remains to be seen how they play in the regular season, and further down the road, how they play 20 games into the regular season,” said Ethan Moreau. “It’s not to be negative ... but you don’t know, you can’t tell until you have stiffer competition.”

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Oilers Will Be A “Tough” Team To Play Against

from the Edmonton Sun,

Head coach Craig MacTavish says they’ll go the team toughness route again this year.

“Intimidation is a big part of the game, you have to have some toughness,” he said. “But we feel we have enough. Sheldon Souray is plenty tough, Matt Greene’s tough. Steve Staios will battle and fight when he has to. Zack Stortini, Ethan Moreau, Raffi Torres ... we have enough toughness.

“Do I envision having a team that’s going to be fighting guys like Boogaard every time we play them? Absolutely not. That’s the strength of his game. Why give him the ability to do what he does best? You have to be punishing on the other factions of their team, and we have plenty of guys to do that.”

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Rotating “C”

via the Edmonton Sun,

With so many candidates to take over the Edmonton Oilers captaincy left vacant by Jason Smith’s trade to Philadelphia, head coach Craig MacTavish hinted yesterday the club might alternate the C.

“The preference is to find your best player and give it to him,” said MacTavish, whose best players are the likes of Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.

“If your best player is still a relatively young player, then that factors into it.

“We could name somebody who’s going to evolve into it but isn’t quite ready, or we could share it for a while until that person evolves into it.”

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Oilers Sweater Takes On New Look

from the Edmonton Sun,

Unlike Montreal, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, the Oilers abandoned tradition entirely in a sweater designed to appeal to the skateboarding/video game crowd.

They actually don’t look like hockey sweaters at all, more like a cross between practice jerseys and something you’d see in rollerball or an Arena football field.

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Anson Carter Joins Oilers Training Camp

From the CP via TSN,

Anson Carter is getting another shot with the Edmonton Oilers.

The winger accepted an invitation to the team’s training camp and joined the Oilers on Sunday.

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New Season For Pitkanen

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers had been searching for a puck-moving defenceman almost from the moment Chris Pronger left town.

They found one in Joni Pitkanen, but skeptics saw his glaring minus-25 last season in Philly and wondered if he’d be moving the puck out of his own net as often as he moved it out of the zone.

“We lost a lot of games last year,” said Pitkanen. “The year before I was plus-25 (22, actually, and plus-15 the season before that). It’s almost like if you win a lot of games, absolutely you get a lot of pluses. When you lose a lot of games you get minuses.

“I played last year the most ice time on the team ... they’re (minuses) coming if you lose.

“It’s a new season, I know what I can do.”

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