The Edmonton Oilers are back on the ice at Rexall Place today. The lines are:
Nail Yakupov (head injury) and Ales Hemsky (foot) are not on the ice. There are eight defencemen on the ice, however, including Corey Potter (groin injury) and Philip Larsen (illness).
Oilers lines; Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Gagner-Jones, Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks, Joensuu-Arcobello-Gazdic— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 20, 2014
Oilers goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit has a lot of potential. It’s the kind of potential that lead to the team trading for the 20-year-old netminder.
His numbers in the ECHL with Bakersfield are very impressive. He leads that league in goals against average at 1.35, save percentage at .943 and shutouts with five.
The mathematical equations have finally aligned: @LBrossoit now officially leads league in GAA (1.35), Sv% (.943), and shutouts (5).— Ryan Holt (@BroadcastHolt) January 18, 2014
Brossoit, the former 164th overall pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has a record of 8-2-1 in the ECHL this season. He played three games with Alaska before being traded to the Oilers organization
The Edmonton Oilers are on the ice for practice at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Nail Yakupov is not skating with the team, meaning that the lines have been shuffled:
Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Perron - Gagner - Jones
Smyth - Gordon - Hendricks
Gazdic - Arcobello - Joensuu
MTS Centre practice lines...Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Gagner-Jones, Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks, Gazdic-Arcobello-Joensuu. No Yakupov.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 17, 2014
The Oilers parted ways with former third round pick, 61st overall in 2010, Ryan Martindale this morning in a trade with the Florida Panthers to acquire Steve Pinizzotto. In addition, the Oklahoma City Barons acquired Jack Combs from the San Antonio Rampage for Derek Nesbitt.
Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson commented on the Martindale trade and why the Oilers organization could afford to move the prospect in a trade.
“In Marty’s case, he needs a fresh start,” said Nelson. “A guy like Marty, he’s a big centreman that has some skill. We think moving forward that we have some guys coming up through the ranks that will fulfill that role. For him, it’s a fresh start every time a player gets traded. It’s a new opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”
The acquisitions of Pinizzotto and Combs will be welcomed additions to the Barons lineup as the team is looking for more grit and some additional scoring support.
“We were looking for a guy like Pinizzotto to come in, have some bite to his game and make us tougher to play against. I think the acquisition of him will help.
“In the case of Combs, he’s a guy that’s sort of like a (former Barons forward) Philippe Cornet type player. He can produce offensively. In San Antonio, he wasn’t given much of an opportunity because of the bodies that they have. He’s excited to come.”
Both Combs and Pinizzotto will get an opportunity to contribute immediately on the Barons, who are dealing with injuries in the forward ranks.
“It’s always tough to lose two players who you’ve had for quite a while. But we’re going to welcome the two new guys in and hopefully, they’ll come here and compliment our team.”
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Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (flu), Hemsky (foot)
Hendricks will play 3rd line LW with Perron moving to right side. All other lines same as last two games. pic.twitter.com/Wanwan8cSb— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 17, 2014
Via the Oilers official Twitter account, head coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Ben Scrivens will be getting his first start as an Oiler tonight in Minnesota.
Coach Eakins confirms Scrivens starts tonight for #Oilers.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 16, 2014
Oilers TV and 630 CHED have been busy interviewing the key players in the deal. Check our list below for content, including audio, video and editorial.
- Devan Dubnyk talks to the media about the trade
- Bob McKenzie gives his assessment of the deal (and talks CHL Top Prospects)
- Darren Dreger talks about the trade and potential future moves for Edmonton
- Ben Scrivens Highlight Reel
- Matt Hendricks Highlight Reel
- Oilers GM Craig MacTavish with Tom Gazzola
- Ben Scrivens with 630 CHED's Reid Wilkins
- Matt Hendricks talks to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola
- Devan Dubnyk speaks to the media
Newly-acquired Oiler Matt Hendricks is somewhat of a shootout specialist, having gone 9-for-17 (52.9%) in his career. His best season was 2011-12 when he went 5-for-6.
Watch the YouTube video embedded below for some of his more memorable shootout attempts.