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Forward Patrick Thoresen, seen here hitting Columbus Blue Jackets' David Vyborny, in action earlier...

Forward Patrick Thoresen, seen here hitting Columbus Blue Jackets' David Vyborny, in action earlier this month, will sit out tonight's game. (Edmonton Sun File/Jason Franson)

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

When this season began, rookie Patrick Thoresen was getting plenty of ink and airtime back home in Norway, not to mention a fair bit of playing time with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 23-year-old forward from Oslo hasn't had any notepads or camera crews trailing behind him lately, though, and he won't play against Colorado tonight as coach Craig MacTavish will make him a healthy scratch.

15 minutes could be up

Are his 15 minutes of fame up?

"It's maybe slowly gone down," Thoresen said of his level of play after an impressive start to this campaign.

"I think I'm still doing a good job out there with working hard and playing pretty solid defensively, but I haven't created as much offence lately as I want to."

While Norwegian media was seemingly hanging on Thoresen's every move after he earned a spot on the Oilers' season-opening roster - TV crews and print journalists were dispatched to Edmonton to document his deeds - interest, like his play, has dropped off.

"I think it's just a case of a guy who is used to playing a whole lot more and when you haven't played all that much, sometimes your game can get away from you a little bit," MacTavish said.

After scoring 2-5-7 and playing as much as 17:51 in his first 12 NHL games, Thoresen has just two assists in the 19 games he's played since then.

He's gone 25 games without a goal. He comes out and Brad Winchester goes back in.

"He hasn't been terrible, but he hasn't been as effective," MacTavish said.

"He was really effective early."

Fifth Norwegian NHLer

Thoresen, just the fifth Norwegian player to even make it to the NHL, played only 9:45 minutes and was minus-1 in a 4-1 loss to the Avs in Denver last Friday.

He'll get another perspective tonight - from the press box.

BRING IT: Bring the body.

That's the bottom line for MacTavish as he sits Thoresen in favour of wide bodies like Winchester and J.F. Jacques tonight.

He expects both to bring a physical presence.

"He's on the cusp of coming out of the lineup, too, unless he provides more of that physical play," MacTavish said of Jacques.

"We need both of those guys being more physical. We've got to be nastier to play against."


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