MacT waits to unveil Kolanos

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

CHICAGO -- On second thought and after a night to sleep on it, Craig MacTavish decided he'd rather work Krys Kolanos into the Oilers' scheme of things the right way, as opposed to right away.

After saying on Saturday that he intended to throw Kolanos, claimed off waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes Friday, into the fray against the Chicago Blackhawks last night, MacTavish decided to put the lanky pivot in the press box.

"You want to put him in a situation where he can succeed," MacTavish said when asked about his change of heart.

"I don't know whether this is the time or place to put a guy in who is really unfamiliar with the way we play and the system we play in a game that we desperately need to win."

Kolanos, 24, took part in an optional skate on Saturday after meeting the team in the Windy City and he took a twirl in the morning skate yesterday, but was in street clothes when the puck dropped.

"We want to get him familiar with his surroundings and get comfortable in the environment and know the system," MacTavish said. "It's a big adjustment for a guy coming in to make."

MacTavish said Saturday he'll work Kolanos into the mix by starting him on the fourth line.

That's still his intention, but the question is whether Kolanos will make his Oilers debut in Denver tonight against the Colorado Avalanche or at home against Detroit Thursday.

"It's important that a guy getting his start on the fourth line knows his positional responsibilities," MacTavish said.

"He'll get a sense of that while watching the makeup of the fourth line."


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