Powerhouse pivots shine

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

DALLAS -- They weren't supposed to be the centres of attention, but Jarret Stoll and rookie Robbie Schremp have been powerhouses at pivot for the Edmonton Oilers this pre-season.

Nothing changed in the Oilers centre sweepstakes at the American Airlines Center last night as Stoll scored two goals and Schremp added another in a 6-4 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Stoll, slotted behind Michael Peca, Shawn Horcoff and Marty Reasoner as a defensive specialist, has three goals in two pre-season appearances.

Schremp, who had two goals against the Alberta Golden Bears and two in the Joey Moss Cup, again looked like he'll force Sparky Kulchisky to hand him a jersey when the fun begins Oct. 5. The kid is staying put.

Main men in the middle, so far.

"You want to chip in," said Stoll, who played the second half of the game with a tweaked groin. "I don't want to consider myself just a defensive player. I want to be thought of as an all-around player who can put the puck in the net if he gets a chance."

Stoll, who lit the lamp 10 times in 2003-04 in his first full NHL season, blew a slapper through the five-hole on Marty Turco to tie it 1-1 four minutes into the game. Stoll got his second on a power play, a slapshot from the boards that put the Oilers up 3-2.

Schremp, 19, put the Oilers up 2-1 on a power play 6:54 into the game, snapping a feed from Kyle Brodziak past Turco, and continues to look at home running the power play on the half-boards.

"I'm feeling more comfortable on the ice every game," Schremp said. "I'm kind of settling down each time out. There's a few young guys trying to crack the lineup. I'm just one of them."

The London Knights might yet get Schremp back, but he'd have to pull a fold of monumental proportions during the rest of camp not to get at least a 10-game stint with the Oilers to start the season.

- Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, who stopped 11 of 12 shots he faced in relief of Ty Conklin in Sunday's 6-5 shootout loss to Dallas, allowed four goals on 18 shots and was pulled in favour of Devan Dubnyk with the score 4-4 at 12:29 of the second period.

- The Oilers penalty killing, 15-for-15 in two games coming in, gave up three goals on 11 attempts.

HUNTER INJURED: J.J. Hunter's bid for a roster spot ended last night as he dislocated his right shoulder in the first period. Hunter, who dislocated the same shoulder twice last season with the Road Runners in the AHL, is out indefinitely.


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