Schremp's Cup runneth over

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

It didn't take quick-witted Robbie Schremp long to deliver his first friendly verbal dig when the Edmonton Oilers opened rookie camp at Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert yesterday.

Schremp, who sipped from the Memorial Cup with the London Knights last season, didn't pass up the chance to remind Rimouski Oceanic grad Marc-Antoine Pouliot which team hoisted the silverware last spring when the puck dropped for the first shift between Team Blue and Team White.

"I was chirping him a little bit," smiled Schremp, whose Team White lost the first scrimmage of camp 3-2 via a shootout. "The first face-off, I was saying, 'Remember the last time we played against each other?' Something like that."

Schremp, 19, who attended rookie camp last September before the NHL lockout shut things down, will get an invitation to main camp and knows he has a chance to stick because of his prowess on the power play.

"All I can do is come out here and work hard," he said. "... Obviously, I want to crack the lineup. I'd be stupid if I came in and said, 'I don't want to play here.' I definitely want to be here."

TALL ORDER: He's six-foot-five and has size 13 shoe boxes for feet, but goaltender Devan Dubnyk is definitely the little brother of the Dubnyk clan.

Conspicuous by his presence yesterday was David Dubnyk, the older brother of the lanky Kamloops Blazers' stopper, who was selected 14th overall by the Oilers in 2004. Big brother David, 21, stands six-foot-nine.

AT FIRST GLANCE: Centre Yan Stastny, recently acquired from Boston for a fourth-round draft pick in 2006, stole the show yesterday. Stastny scored the 2-0 goal for Team Blue, ran over goaltender Brett Jaeger in overtime and got the winner in the shootout on a deft backhand deke ... Hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, who left the University of North Dakota to turn pro, levelled the wicked hit of the day as he starched Team White's Kevin Gardner at the blue line ... It was a tough start to the season for one CityTV videographer, who lost the handle on his $55,000 camera and saw it hit the floor and break into two pieces before the opening face-off ... Defenceman Dan Smith, who captained the Road Runners of the AHL last season, is the oldest player at camp. Smith, who turns 30 on Oct. 19, offered to skate with the kids and will attend main camp.


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