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NHL Notebook: Edmonton Oilers’ Warren Foegele wants penalty kill time, Vincent Desharnais out after surgery and more

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
Warren Foegele wants to make the Edmonton Oilers.
No surprise as virtually every player entering a teams training camp has that same goal in mind.
For Foegele, however, he’s a player whose name has swirled in the rumour mill all summer. At a $2.75-million cap hit and a rather humdrum toolbox, theres no surprise he’s a highly motivated player at this time of the year.
Foegele’s looking to reinvent himself in Edmonton and that’s a great sign. He only played 13:52 on the PK last year, but was a staple on the Carolina Hurricanes’ PK team for each of the three seasons he was there.
According to hockeyviz, Foegele was a slightly above average penalty killer and as a whole, Carolina had the league’s third best penalty kill over his three years there.

Desharnais goes under the knife

Vincent Desharnais underwent surgery for an injured hand and is set to miss the next month. Talk about tough luck.
While he was a bit of a long shot to actually make the Oilers roster, Desharnais has impressed in his short time in the organization. An imposing figure at 6’6, 216 lbs., he drew in for 65 games last year with the Bakersfield Condors in his first season of pro hockey.
Scoring five goals and 22 points, the 2016 7th round pick was looking like a guy who could contend for the seventh spot on the Oilers backend. Being a right-shot with above average skating ability for a player his size, there’s a chance he could see his first ever NHL action this season.

Avs release Galchenyuk from PTO

The Colorado Avalanche have released forward Alex Galchenyuk from his professional tryout.
He drew into one preseason game against the Minnesota Wild playing almost 17 minutes, but has found himself on the outside looking in.
Drafted 3rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, Galchenyuk has just never been able to live up to the lofty expectations of an early pick. Still, Galchenyuk has played 643 games over the last 10 years between the Habs, Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and the Ottawa Senators.
hr />Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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