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Thoresen's press box experience

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Patrick Thoresen had never been kept out of the lineup before in his career.

Now that he's back in, the Edmonton Oilers winger is looking to stay there.

"Players don't like the press box, but for the most part it's a pretty good experience for them," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "Most players coming out of that will play better. Sometimes watching the game from up there helps you."

Thoresen, 23, was relegated to the press box on Dec. 19 against Colorado. He spent five games watching from above before getting back in the lineup on Sunday against the Calgary Flames.

"From the press box, you see that you have more time in some parts of the game and in some situations along the boards," Thoresen said. "Also it's at the front of the net where you score goals and that's where I'm going to try to be. Ryan Smyth is a good example of that."

Before being taken out of the lineup, Thoresen had two goals and seven assists in 31 games for the Oilers. Against Calgary, the Norwegian rookie finished the night with an even rating, having played 10:24.

"He played well (Sunday) night," MacTavish said. "It was just a case of him getting out of his game. He was in a stage where the rest of us are now. He was looking for confidence, his decision-making was slow. Now coming out he was pretty decisive (Sunday) night."

On Sunday, he took Toby Petersen's spot in the lineup.

"You can learn a lot from the press box so it's good to do it," Thoresen said. "But after the first two games I felt I learned enough up there and I wanted to get back in the lineup."


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