Oil Kings work on speed

DAVID CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Will they be the speed Kings?

While the Edmonton Oil Kings may not be to the WHL what the Oilers of the '80s were to the NHL, they are hoping to pump it up a notch in Year 3.

They feel that they earned a rep as a hard-working expansion team in Years 1 and 2 -- but that will only get you so far.

"Mostly it's just been thinking about a grinding-it-out type of game," Brett Breitkreuz said of his first two seasons with the Kings.

"This year, (training camp) is all about speed and transition. It's so much fun to play as a forward."

The coaching staff is also aware of the new skill and quickness working its way into the program.

"Now we just have to learn how to use it," head coach Steve Pleau said yesterday.

"And make sure we don't lose our other parts of our game, mainly our attention to detail and the defensive roles."

Within those boundaries, if the kids wanna rock, Pleau won't unplug them.

"I think that's our job as a coaching staff. I think (GM Bob Green and head scout Randy Hansch) have put together some good offensive players and it's our job to take advantage of that -- to implement our system and to use that skill."

Play the body

The 20-year-old Breitkreuz doesn't think these hot-rod kids will pass the old guy by.

He's one of the Oil Kings who trained at Body by Bennett over the summer, and says that's where he notices it the most.

"I feel more explosive. I feel that when I get a chance to get going I can explode out of the hole a lot better.

"My first steps are a lot better than they've ever been."

DAVID.CAMERON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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