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DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Bryan Young has been through this before.

The same emergency phone call, the same set of circumstances, the same expectations.

Yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers recalled the six-foot-one, 191-pound defenceman from the Springfield Falcons. He met the team in St. Paul in time for practice and will be in the lineup tonight when the Oilers take on the Minnesota Wild.

"I found out last night after our game," said Young. "I knew there was a possibility of getting called up. I didn't realize it was this bad again, though, with this many injuries."

Young, 21, will take Mathieu Roy's place in the Oilers lineup tonight. Roy separated his shoulder after getting run over by Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo Friday in Edmonton.

On Saturday Young was in the Falcons lineup as they lost 5-3 to the Manchester Monarchs.

"We're just looking for Bryan to play about 13 flawless minutes," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "Like we do to most of our young players, we'll let his play dictate the responsibility and as long as he's handling it, we'll throw more at him.

"But we're looking for 13 good, physical defensive minutes."

Last season Young was called up at the end of the year to help when the Oilers went through another injury crisis on the blue-line.

He played 15 games without recording a point, while collecting 10 penalty minutes.

This year, in 12 games with the Falcons, Young has an assist with 12 penalty minutes and a minus-five rating.

"I'm a little more comfortable this time just because I know some of the guys," Young said.

"On the ice you're still a little jittery because it's still another jump up here. But knowing the guys in the room actually helps a lot."

The native of Ennismore, Ont., was the Oilers' sixth pick - 146th overall - in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Last season was his first as a professional spending time with Stockton, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Milwaukee and Edmonton.

Things have been a bit more stable this year, playing every game with the Falcons up to this point.

"Things were going pretty well, we got off to a pretty good start, but we've been struggling the last couple of weeks," he said. "There are some little things we have to work on to turn it around."


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