Oil picks on the team

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Devan Dubnyk and Andrew Cogliano now have something more in common than the distinction of being first-round draft picks by the Edmonton Oilers.

Dubnyk, the Kamloops Blazers goaltender the Oilers took with the 14th pick in the 2004 draft, and Cogliano, a centre drafted out of St. Michael's 25th by the Oilers in 2005, made the cut with Team Canada's roster for the 2006 World Junior championships yesterday.

"We're proud of both of them," Oilers vice-president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast said. "It's a great opportunity for them to play at home and play for their country."

Dubnyk, 19, has taken a couple swipes at making it without success, but he'll share duties with Justin Pogge after overcoming a tough start at the latest mini-camp. Dubnyk is 15-14-0 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .916 saves percentage in 29 games with Kamloops this season.

"He was in a little bit of trouble, but he responded really well in the practice sessions," Prendergast said of the six-foot-five stopper. "Brent Sutter knows Devan from playing against him. Devan's faced a lot of shots this year.

"It's a huge step for him. We talked about it the other day, how important it is to be on that team and be in that atmosphere."

Cogliano, 18, a five-foot-nine pivot who had 102 points with St. Michael's last season, made the grade up front on a team long on youth and potential but short on international experience.

Cogliano is in his freshman season with the Michigan Wolverines and has scored 8-11-19 in 17 games.

"He's got speed and he's got grit and he was probably one of their best three forwards in the two games this week," Prendergast said. "He's had a great start at Michigan. He possesses the thing you need in a tournament like this - he's able to finish."

For both, it's a big move along the learning curve. "It puts them in a situation of pressure," Prendergast said. " You're not going to get much more pressure than there is in this tournament."


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