Straight from Columbus: Peckham draws in

Robin Brownlee
March 07 2008 11:13AM

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Fans will get a look at the future tonight when defenceman Theo Peckham draws into the line-up against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. With Mathieu Roy hurting after getting steamrolled by Nashville's Jordin Tootoo yet again, Peckham was recalled from Springfield of the AHL and it was anticipated he might spell off Roy.

I just spoke with Rod Phillips in Columbus and he confirmed that will indeed be the case—the 20-year-old banger will make his NHL debut tonight. Who Peckham will play with isn't certain because the Oilers didn't run defensive pairings at their pre-game skate this morning. If Peckham draws straight in for Roy, it would be alongside Denis Grebeshkov, leaving Steve Staios with Joni Pitkanen and Tom Gilbert paired with Matt Greene. Again, though, these pairings will remain speculation until coach Craig MacTavish rolls out his line-up tonight.

While I don't expect too much from Peckham in terms of ice time or performance—debuts by rookies are seldom memorable—it'll be interesting to get a glimpse of the six-foot-two, 225-pound rearguard. Peckham, drafted 75th overall from Owen Sound of the OHL in 2006, is big and raw and he needs a lot of rough edges knocked off, but he brings unquestionable grit and toughness—something the Oilers lack. He piled up 618 penalty minutes in 181 career games with Owen Sound and he got the call in Springfield with 6-4-10 and 114 PIM in 42 games with the Falcons. Peckham's a work-in-progress for sure, and that progress begins tonight.

GAME DAY... Marc Pouliot will also draw in tonight in place of Geoff Sanderson, who has a cranky back and is coming off a minus-3 night in a 5-1 loss to Nashville... Pouliot will centre the fourth line between Curtis Glencross and Zack Stortini... With Pouliot at pivot with Glencross and Stortini, Kyle Brodziak will move up to the third line and play left wing with Marty Reasoner and Fernando Pisani.

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#1 Bobby Robertson
March 07 2008, 11:31AM
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I'd rather keep Brodziak with Stortini and Glecross, but lets see if Pouliot is ready to make a difference this time.

I'm really looking forward to Peckham playing. Hopefully he'll throw a few big hits and make a lasting impression.

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#2 10011011
March 07 2008, 11:53AM
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That is awesome that you guys are getting news like this. You are the first to report it!

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#3 Matt
March 07 2008, 12:14PM
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Umm...your intro on the front page says the Oil go out a playoff push in the "spring of 2005" but so ya know, it was 2006...geez, for oilernation, you'd think you'd remember that!

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#4 OilersNation
March 07 2008, 12:22PM
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Matt - good call. That was an earlier contest "find an error to win a prize"

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#5 OilersNation#2
March 07 2008, 12:23PM
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The other guy is lying Matt. It was really a bet amongst us to see if anyone would notice. And now I have won

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#6 OilersNation
March 07 2008, 01:04PM
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Update: After some arguing, this has been fixed and the bet paid. It took 6 weeks for someone to post about it for the record!

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#7 Robin B
March 07 2008, 02:11PM
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Spring 2005??? What a brutal, head-in-your-butt mistake. Amateurs! I quit.

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#8 OilersNation
March 07 2008, 02:25PM
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You remember the spring of 2005 right Robin? What were you about 125 years old at that time?

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