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BLOG: Newcomers fare well in loss

Wednesday, 02.10.2013 / 3:44 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

A loss, especially in the fashion of last night's loss, is not something to feel warm and fuzzy about.

That being said, there were some positive signs from this year's Oilers roster in their season opener, one of which being the new additions.

Several new faces contributed to last night's game in positive fashion.

LUKE GAZDIC

Gazdic was claimed off of waivers from the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Two days later he was playing in his first career NHL game and he got it off to a great start.

2:10 into the game, the forward scored on a shot right off the draw. It was his first shot on the first shift in in his first NHL game and resulted in his first NHL goal.

He also had a solid scrap against Chris Thorburn.

WILL ACTON

Will Acton's future on the Oilers roster was in doubt a few weeks ago as he was locked in a battle for the fourth-line centre spot with Anton Lander and Mark Arcobello.

Fast forward to last night and an injury to Sam Gagner allowed Acton to begin the season in Edmonton. The forward notched his first NHL point in his first NHL game on the Luke Gazdic score.

He also won 62% of his face-offs in the loss.

JESSE JOENSUU

This writer's most impressive player of the night was forward Jesse Joensuu.

The Oilers free agent pick up plays a physical game and always seems to be around the net. Joensuu shot the puck a team-high five times, scored a power play goal and drew a penalty that resulted in another goal.

He had several scoring chances and appears to be a big, strong player that Edmonton can use to their advantage.

BOYD GORDON

Lost in all of the chatter about the Jets win and the Oilers handing it to them, was the fact that another newcomer scored a nice goal.

Forward Boyd Gordon scored a nice deflection goal that tied the game 2-2. Gordon registered four shots on net and blocked three shots.

MARK ARCOBELLO

Arcobello may have played in a game for the Oilers last season, but he could be considered a new face as well. Arcobello notched an assist, four shots, a hit and a takeaway last night against Winnipeg.

Arcobello nearly scored the game tying goal late in the third period but was stopped by Ondrej Pavelec.

One game is not a large body of work but the new faces in the dressing room could contribute early and often.

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