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Samsonov no Delilah

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

He may be one of the most exciting players seen around these parts in a long time.

Slicker than whale droppings.

In four games with the Edmonton Oilers, Sergei Samsonov has scored a highlight-reel goal and set up two others.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers' trade-deadline acquisition was introduced to the local media.

"It's nice to get those first couple of games out of the way," Samsonov said.

"I got to meet the guys and spend some time with them on the road. It's nice to come back with a win also."

The five-foot-eight, 180-pound left-winger was acquired last week in a trade with the Boston Bruins in exchange for Marty Reasoner, prospect Yan Stastny and a second-round draft pick.

Tonight he'll make his home debut when the Oilers host the Calgary Flames.

"He's quick, he can score goals and he's an exciting player to watch," said Jarret Stoll, who formed a line with Samsonov and Raffi Torres in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

"I'm just trying to get him the puck and try to get open when you do give him the puck.

"He creates so much offensively with his speed and sees the ice so well. He's a great player to play with. Hopefully we stick together and get something going."

In 57 games this season, Samsonov has 19 goals and 21 assists.

The Moscow native had played his entire career in Boston before being dealt to Edmonton.

"He's really quick and he's built like a little tank. He's really thick," said Torres. "It's hard to knock him off the puck."

Despite rumoured to be on the move from Boston, the trade still took Samsonov by surprise. Especially since it came right down to the wire on deadline day.

"It's always a shock when you get traded," Samsonov said. "But it wasn't that much of a surprise because you heard rumours all year long. You feel shock for a few minutes and then you start packing your bags.

"It's a new chapter. This team is in the thick of a playoff race and I'm excited to be here."

OILER'S WHL BID ON THE TABLE

Today the Oilers find out whether they'll be granted a Western Hockey League franchise. The WHL board of governors meeting takes place in Calgary and they will be reviewing Edmonton's expansion application.

"We're confident that we've put forward something that would warrant looking at and consideration and we've felt that way for some time about it," said Allan Watt of the Oilers.

"We'll have to wait to see what happens (today)."


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