A following in Stockton

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

When the Edmonton Oilers rolled through San Jose on Jan. 10, Bryan Young watched the game as a member of the Stockton Thunder.

Two months later he's calling his ex-teammates in Stockton before playing his second game in the National Hockey League.

"I never really thought it would happen," he said of his stunning situation with the Oilers.

"They (the ex-Stockton teammates) thought it was pretty neat."

Young is learning on the fly in the big show.

"You got to make quicker decisions and you have to realize they are coming with a lot more speed than maybe you are used to," he said about playing his first game in the NHL.

Syvret shaking off the flu

After failing to keep food in his system for nearly three days while battling the flu, life is improving for young Oilers defenceman Danny Syvret.

"I have been able to keep my food down since four o'clock (Saturday) so, it is getting better," he said yesterday morning after breakfast in the team hotel in downtown San Jose.

With only five true defencemen on this trip - including raw rookie Bryan Young - Syvret is being asked to take a regular shift on the second pairing with Matt Greene.

He played 23:14 against Anaheim on Thursday night and was minus three.

"It is a little frustrating, especially knowing you are getting a lot of ice time and your energy level isn't there," commented Syvret.


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