Perry knew he had to pick up pace

Ken Wiebe -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Deja vu for one, jubilation for the other. A year ago, London Knights forward Corey Perry and Brandon Wheat Kings forward Eric Fehr of Winkler were late cuts. This time around, the two high-scoring forwards were competing for the same job.

Thanks, at least in part, to a better evaluation camp and a couple of highlight-reel plays in Wednesday's game against the University of Manitoba Bisons, Perry won the job.

But even though Perry expected to sleep well after scoring two goals and an assist on Wednesday, that was not the case.

"It was one in the morning before I got to bed and I got up a couple of times last night," said Perry, the leading scorer in the OHL. "The nervousness was there. It's one of those things you can't control. I was reminiscing this morning about the 6 a.m. wake-up call (last year). That was disappointing, but you have to live with what the coaches say.

"Going into (Wednesday) night, I knew I had to do something special and put numbers on the board and I finally did."

Head coach Brent Sutter acknowledged that Perry stepped up when he needed to.

"The final day certainly took him over the hump," said Sutter. "He's had a great year in London, up to date, and came in here and played extremely well. Each day he got better and better."

WHO'S ON RIGHT SIDE? One situation that may be interesting to watch is who skates alongside Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.

Fehr and Perry each had a shot with the high-scoring duo in intrasquad action and neither stood out.

"We've got some good wingers here," said Sutter. "It's got to be someone who complements those guys, yet someone who can keep up to their pace."

It's possible Perry will get another chance, but returnee Jeremy Colliton and newcomer Clarke MacArthur might also be in the mix.

STREAK ENDS: The streak is over for Ryan Getzlaf and that's a good thing for Canada.

During Canada's final evaluation camp a year ago, Getzlaf saw his roommate get released on three consecutive days.

But with power forward Jeff Carter as his roomie this time around, Getzlaf figured the streak was in jeopardy.

"It was a thing that was ongoing last year but I felt pretty safe," said Getzlaf.


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