GDB 39: Canucks have Sundin, we have Brule

While everyone is focusing on the debut of Mats Sundin tonight, Oilers fans will see Gilbert Brule on the first line for the first time. Brule and Reddox took turns on the RW at the morning skate today, but Brule tipped me off that he will be on the wing tonight.

For Brule this is the first opportunity to play in a true offensive role in the NHL and he is excited.

“It’s a great chance to think offence. I know that I just have to play a simple game and focus more on getting into spaces where I can score,” said Brule.

The other aspect about Brule’s game that should come in handy tonight against the pesky Canucks is his willingness to play gritty. With disturbers and pests like Kesler and Burrows, if Brule can bring that element tonight that could go a long way for him staying in the line-up, at least until Hemsky returns.

Jacques skates

JF Jacques skated with his teammates for the first time this season, but he is still a long ways away from playing. Jacques’ back is still sore from the surgery and he is looking at getting in a game sometime in February. But that will be in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and it is very doubtful that he will play with the Oilers this season.

Steve MacIntyre saw the doctor yesterday and it looks like he will be cleared to play in ten days, but the way the fourth line is playing right now it will be hard for him to get in the line-up. Expect him to get a two-week conditioning stint in Springfield to try and get in game shape.

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal tonight for the Oilers. Shawn Horcoff said his back is feeling much better today, and it shouldn’t give him any trouble tonight.

Mats Sundin will skate with Kyle Wellwood and former Camrose Kodiak Mason Raymond tonight, while Pavol Demitra will skate with the Sedin sisters.

The Canucks long term plan is to use Demitra and Sundin as a pair, with the Sisters on the other line, and the other winger will be on a rotation basis, based on who is playing well and which guy has chemistry with the specific pair.

  • RBK

    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Al
    WTF, Curious where you got your info…oh that’s right…I sent you an email using pretty much word for word your response. At least next time change a few words!!!

    OOO BUSTED LOL

  • Jason Gregor

    Al wrote:

    Dennis wrote:
    JFJ: it would be interesting to see if he could learn-by-doing right now if he was healthy enough to supplant 43 with the 51-46 combo.
    Any word on when 34 or 83 will return?
    JFJ could learn how to be a pro from 43 that is for sure, but he won’t play with the Oilers this year. He won’t even play in the AHL for at least another month.
    Hemsky still day-to-day. They have no idea when he will return, because there is no real timeline for concussions. Don’t expect him back for the remainder of this homestand. He didn’t even take the skate this morning.
    Pisani is looking at the end of the month. He still walks around with a boot on his left foot.

    Al

    WTF, Curious where you got your info…oh that's right…I sent you an email using pretty much word for word your response.

    Have the smarts to at least credit me with where you got your stuff. YOu wrote earlier ripping guys on here for their thoughts, and now you act just as stupid.

    At least next time change a few words!!!

  • Al

    Dennis wrote:

    JFJ: it would be interesting to see if he could learn-by-doing right now if he was healthy enough to supplant 43 with the 51-46 combo.
    Any word on when 34 or 83 will return?

    JFJ could learn how to be a pro from 43 that is for sure, but he won't play with the Oilers this year. He won't even play in the AHL for at least another month.

    Hemsky still day-to-day. They have no idea when he will return, because there is no real timeline for concussions. Don't expect him back for the remainder of this homestand. He didn't even take the skate this morning.

    Pisani is looking at the end of the month. He still walks around with a boot on his left foot.

  • Dennis

    JFJ: it would be interesting to see if he could learn-by-doing right now if he was healthy enough to supplant 43 with the 51-46 combo.

    Any word on when 34 or 83 will return?

  • MattL

    rindog wrote:

    @ CurtisS:
    Was just going to say the same thing.
    Brule isn’t good enough to even play last game and now he is on the first line. Reddox was a top line winger for the last 4 games and now he is scratched.
    I know there are only so many roster spots but this goes back to the interview Gregor had with MacT asking why Brule wasn’t up onthe first line a few games ago???
    Player recognition!!!!!!
    I guess the other interesting news is that we are putting Brule (not an allstar) in the place of our injured Hemsky (also not an allstar)….what a joke!!!

    Yeah, I guess MacT doesn't realize that Reddox is a grinder, and Brule is a scorer. That's weird, I thought you had to know the first thing about hockey to play/coach in the league… I guess not.

    It has nothing to do with player recognition, he just has a different strategy in terms of valuing defensive awareness than you might. The organization is also sheltering Brule this year, trying to manage his confidence, which was done poorly in Columbus.

    Sometimes when you throw a young player to the wolves, they turn into Cogliano, and sometimes they need more time in the minors.

  • Al

    @ rindog:
    I think you should stop watching Oiler games because clearly everything is negative to you.

    Player recognition??? What does that mean. Look at Reddox's icetime the last two games…not even close to top six…He starts on that line that is all. I guess in your infinite wisdom you would change up the 2nd or 3rd line because they are scoring, just so Horcoff and Penner have someone to play with.

    Oh that's right you will clamor on that Schremp should be here…I guess you know way more than all the scouts, MacT, Lowe Tambellini etc…Schremp can't F-ing play. It isn't MacT's fault he can't skate and is softer than you probably are after five beers.

    I get so sick of reading your constant negative crap. You think you know it all. You probably never played past midget, but now you are an asst coach on some bantam B team and you think you know it all.

    How about bringing something different. You and the meathead DEEP OIL spew the same asinine garbage everyday. I'm sick of it. The site was fine without you two dorks, so get over yourselves and stop posting 15 times a day. You aren't smarter than anyone, and DEEP OIL you aren't funny.

    ****I love this site, but needed to vent on these two clowns who have lessened the insight and enjoyment level 10 fold the past few weeks.

  • Hopefully the bar is set at the same level as Reddox. I would rather be pleasantly surprised by Brule's performance than overwhelmingly disappointed.

    What the hell is this team going to look like when Smac & Hemsky can get back into the line-up. Need a few player moves.

  • Jonathan Willis

    To everybody who's confused by Brule/Reddox on the top line – both guys played a power vs. power role in the AHL, which is what they're being asked to do here. Horcoff and Penner are going to see top opposition; they need a winger with some defensive awareness, a quality which Reddox and Brule both possess.

    I'm happy to see Brule put in this spot – he's got some offensive tools which he hasn't had a chance to showcase.

  • freeze

    Great to hear that Brule will get his chance, I hope he makes the most of it.

    Unfortunately, Nation, I will be at the game tonight and I have never seen them beat the Canucks live… I hope my luck changes but I'm not holding my breath.

    Go Oilers!!

  • rindog

    @ CurtisS:

    Was just going to say the same thing.

    Brule isn't good enough to even play last game and now he is on the first line. Reddox was a top line winger for the last 4 games and now he is scratched.

    I know there are only so many roster spots but this goes back to the interview Gregor had with MacT asking why Brule wasn't up onthe first line a few games ago???

    Player recognition!!!!!!

    I guess the other interesting news is that we are putting Brule (not an allstar) in the place of our injured Hemsky (also not an allstar)….what a joke!!!

  • shakey

    Agreed on both points Oilersordeath.
    Someone also needs to take that board out of Beiska's ass (watch him skate) and beat the crap out of him with it.
    The Nuck's are deep with douchebags and there should be no reason for a lack of emotion tonight.