Wake up Danny, the NHL needs you!

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Danny Syvret didn't have very much time to fuss over his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers against the St. Louis Blues last night, and it's probably just as well.

One sleepless night of tossing and turning and an afternoon of gut-wrenching anticipation was plenty for the former London Knights captain, who was summoned from the Hamilton Bulldogs with Dan Smith Thursday and was in Craig MacTavish's line-up against the Blues.

"Very nervous, that's for sure," Syvret said of his debut. "I had a hard time sleeping. I tried to sleep on the plane, but you end up trying to anticipate in your mind what's going to happen. You don't sleep much."

Syvret, 20, and Smith got the call after Cory Cross went down with a sprained MCL in his left knee and Marc-Andre Bergeron was lost with a fractured ring finger on his left hand in a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Thursday.

Cross and Bergeron joined Igor Ulanov on injured reserve yesterday morning, leaving the Oilers with just four healthy defencemen - Chris Pronger, Jason Smith, Steve Staios and Alexei Semenov.

Enter Syvret, who took a good run at a roster spot at training camp, and Smith, 29, who was actually named to the Oilers 23-man roster before being sent to the AHL.

After climbing out of bed at 5 a.m. in Steeltown, Syvret and Smith drove from Hamilton to Toronto, then jumped a jet for Missouri and arrived in time for the morning skate.

"My phone rang and it was my coach," said Syvret of receiving news of the promotion from bench boss Don Lever. "He got a call from Scott Howson and he told me to come back and get my gear.

"I got to bed at about 2 a.m., was up at 5 a.m. and picked up Smitty and we flew in on a little puddle-jumper of a plane."

While last night marked Syvret's first NHL game, Smith at long last put his 16th NHL game in the books. His last came with Colorado during the 1999-2000 season.


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