Thoresen packs his bags

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

With Petr Nedved on the way in, Patrick Thoresen is on the way out.

Not long after claiming Nedved off re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers assigned rookie Thoresen to Wilkes-Barre of the AHL to make room on the roster.

After being a healthy scratch for five of Edmonton's previous six games, the move is no surprise to Thoresen, who has struggled after being the surprise of the early season when he claimed a roster spot out of training camp.

"I think it's going to be good for me to get some more ice time," Thoresen said. "I'll play a little power play and PK (penalty kill) hopefully. When I come back I'll be ready to play hard again.

"... I was told to pack for 10 days, so that's what I'm going to do."

After scoring 2-4-6 in his first eight games, Thoresen tailed off and his ice time was reduced. The five-foot-11, 188-pound forward reports to Wilkes-Barre with 2-7-9 in 32 games.


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