Oilers at Blues G74 ’10-’11

This is Gary Sabourin. He was an honest two-way winger during the 67-75 expansion era of the NHL. Gary Sabourin didn’t play organized hockey until age 14 and he was in the NHL at age 23. Not bad.

Sabourin’s family moved to Blind River (“Long May You Run”) at age 14 (1958) and less than a decade later was getting beaten about the face and hands by legends like John Ferguson. He hung in there for the expansion Blues and earned a solid NHL career. He played in the first three expansion Stanley’s.

Gary Sabourin was once traded for Stan Weir.

Alex Giroux has been reassigned to OKC and has a chance to win the goal scoring championship (as does Colin McDonald). I was happy for Giroux, as he got his opportunity to show what he can do, and by eye he looks a little slow for the NHL game.

Stu “Magnificent Bastard” MacGregor is getting recognized! Pretty cool. Here’s one major difference between MBS and previous scouting director’s: he lives in Kamloops, pure junior hockey territory. Mexico is for vacations when you’re a hockey man.

Liam Reddox has enjoyed an extended period of NHL time and has delivered as expected: lots of energy, a motor that won’t quit and shy on the offensive side. The Oilers will eventually replace him, but I think it’s pretty clear the coach likes speed (Reddox) over muscle (Stortini) on the 4line at this time. I believe the Oilers will address the size issue during the summer, having made their decision on the current group that includes Stortini and Jacques.

Edmonton has lost seven straight games and they’ve lost by a combined 30-7 score. Here are the injury lists for the two teams:

  • Blues — C Patrik Berglund (lower body), D Carlo Colaiacovo (illness), questionable; D Barret Jackman (finger), LW Alex Steen (ankle), C Vladimir Sobotka (foot) and LW David Perron (concussion), out.
  • Oilers — LW JF Jacques (foot), questionable; D Ryan Whitney (ankle), LW Taylor Hall (ankle), RW Ales Hemsky (shoulder), C Sam Gagner (hand), C Shawn Horcoff (ankle), RW Gilbert Brule (concussion), C Colin Fraser (foot) and D Kurtis Foster (neck), out.

Jacques is likely back tonight.

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