The transition game

DAVID CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

You can't just let the kids out into the playground to run around unsupervised.

As much as they'd like to.

The goal of the Oil Kings management and coaching staff is to make a transition towards a more offensive style after grinding their way through the first two seasons of the revived junior franchise.

WON'T COME EASY

But goals -- on and off the ice -- don't come instantly. Don't look for them to abandon their defensive format for instant free reins.

"Greener doesn't need me if we're going to play that way, I can tell you that!"

So, no that's not our plan," laughed Edmonton Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau, referring to general manager Bob Green.

"There's absolutely a fine line," Pleau said yesterday after practice at Kenilworth Arena. "We feel we've got some skill and we can skate but we can't give up our defensive commitment.

"I though in the pre-season we were a little leaky at times, through the neutral zone especially. We left our D out to dry. We want to be aggressive, we want to be offensive we want to create chances, but not at the expense of playing a solid team game."

And that's exactly what the coach wants right now. Enough with the whirlwind of camp, leading down to the opening roster. He can't wait for tomorrow night's season- and home-opener against the Calgary Hitmen at Rexall Place.

"We need to play a game. We need to get our team together and see where we are at.

"We've had a lot of practices and I think they've been valuable. Vinny (Tomas Vincour) just got back and skated with us (yesterday) morning, so that's good to see.

"One more day to get ready and Saturday night we drop the puck."

KEEPING QUIET

Pleau has his vision for who will play alongide whom, but he's keeping it to himself.

"Yeah of course we have a a pretty good idea," said Pleau laughing.

That will remain a secret until that puck drops.


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