St. Pauler suits up

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Kyle Brodziak has his name in the NHL record book. The St. Paul native was recalled from Iowa of the AHL and checked into the Oilers injury-riddled line-up last night.

Brodziak, 21, drafted 214th overall by the Oilers in 2003 and sent to the AHL Sept. 29 because of a glut of centres on the roster, got his shot because of injuries to Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth.

"I like the way Brodziak thinks the game," said coach Craig MacTavish.

"He's a really good positional player and we need some minutes out of him. We're going to need significant minutes out of the fourth line."

With Horcoff out 10 days and Smyth gone at least that long, Brodziak gets a chance to make an impression.

He's got the tools - after a slow start in the AHL in 2004-05, he was likely the Edmonton Road Runners best forward in the second half, finishing with 6-26-32 in 56 games.


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