Thoresen promoted

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Patrick Thoresen continues to move on up.

Yesterday in practice Thoresen skated alongside Ales Hemsky and Petr Sykora on the Oilers' second line in place of Raffi Torres.

Torres skated with Marty Reasoner and Brad Winchester on the Oilers fourth unit.

"He's done everything right," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish of Thoresen. "Right from the outset he's been a very complete player. He's maybe made as many plays as any of our forwards when he has the puck. The play doesn't die with him very often, he's skilled enough that he can keep the play going and he supports the puck well.

"It's time. I kind of gave that opportunity to some of those incumbent players, but it's time that a guy that is playing so well and getting so much done in so little opportunity gets more of a chance."

Thoresen, 23, has two goals this season, averaging just over eight minutes of ice time a night. Torres has a goal and an assist, averaging 12:51 minutes a night.

"It's just a case for Raffi where he may come out and get a bang in his first shift and be back there the next game," MacTavish said. "But it's quite clear that Thoresen is ready for more opportunity and deserving of more opportunity. We'll start him there and see if he meshes well."

Torres was expected to benefit from playing with Hemsky and Sykora but has struggled so far.

"To me, I am playing poorly and not playing up to my expectations," Torres said. "That's the way it goes. Sometimes you get the breaks and you get the bounces in front of the net and the puck goes back there. Unfortunately, things aren't working out right now, so I have to get back to basics, get the puck to the net, get your nose dirty and try to whack in a couple of rebounds."


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