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Thoresen continues to impress

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Patrick Thoresen is becoming more appealing to his head coach by the minute.

For that reason, the Edmonton Oilers rookie has seen an increase in his minutes.

Yesterday, Thoresen, 22, scored his second goal of the season in the Oilers' win over the Vancouver Canucks. He was within inches of getting his third.

"I don't have any reservations in putting him out there in any situation right now," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He does a lot with a limited amount of ice time and there is still a lot of reliability in his game from the coaching standpoint."

Thoresen has been the Oilers' biggest surprise this season.

He was signed as a free agent this summer after spending his entire professional career in Europe.

He earned a spot on the Oilers roster after turning heads at training camp.

The Norwegian sensation continues to impress in the regular season.

Yesterday, Thoresen spent some time on the power play and played a short spell short- handed.

On Monday, in the first game of the home-and-home series against the Canucks, he was moved up to the first line.

"It's everything," said MacTavish. "He thinks the game positionally very well, he is very capable offensively and he's finding a way to get things done.

"When he can get to the puck, he's getting there and he's reading the ice really well."

"I'm just trying to stay on the same track as I am now," Thoresen said. "I think if I keep working hard, I'm going to get opportunities here and there, and I just have to prove to the coaches that I'm worth my ice-time."


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