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The more things change ...

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The NHL can implement all the rules it wants to open up the game, but it's not going to change the way Edmonton Oiler hopeful Zach Stortini plays.

Stortini, a six-foot-three, 216-pound winger who used to captain the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, has been hitting everything that moves through the first two days of camp. He even bowled over Dwayne Roloson in a scrimmage between Team Blue and Team Red on opening day.

"It's good to get back into the mix of things and play some good, physical hockey," said Stortini, who is trying to win a job on right wing. That's a big part of my game."

Stortini, 21, who banked 261 minutes in penalties last season while splitting time between Iowa and Milwaukee of the AHL, knows he isn't going to catch coach Craig MacTavish's eye by pussyfooting around with the puck.

"I don't think so," said Stortini, asked if he's tailored his game to adapt to the new rules.

"The Oilers have always had great skating teams and that's something I've worked on in the summers for the past four years. If I'm able to play at the pace of the NHL game, the rules will actually benefit me. I can get on the forecheck quicker and it's easier to play physical like that."


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