The Kids line will make their debut tonight at Rexall. Here is tonight’s lineup.
Nilsson – Cogliano – Gagner
Trukhno – Pouliot – Penner
Brodziak – Brule – Stortini
Goulet – Spurgeon – Sestito
Staios – Smid
Gilbert – Grebeshkov
Chorney – Strudwick
Garon and Roloson, Garon will start.
The Oilers also cut 15 players today, sending 14 players to Springfield and Jordan Eberle was sent back to Regina in the WHL.
Assigned to Springfield were:
Andrew Perugini, Sebastien Bisaillon, Josef Hrabal, Jake Taylor, Cody Wild, Bryan Young, Hans Benson, Justin Chwedoruk, Garet Hunt, Bryan Lerg, Colin McDonald , Sean McMorrow, Ryan O’Marra, and Geoff Paukovich.
No surprises really. Now the Oilers have 36 players left in camp.
Craig MacTavish might be changing his third line. Fellow Nation writer, Robin Brownlee, asked MacTavish about the line and he said, “I’m having some second thoughts about that, but we’ll see how it progresses. Sometimes it takes the veterans a bit longer to get into things. I will give them another shot, but it’s tough on the face-offs right now. We are giving up too many chances in the defensive zone, and I doubt I can live with that.”
Gilbert Brule will play centre tonight with Brodziak and Stortini, and with MacTavish questioning his third line, Brule suddenly becomes part of the equation for that line.