Liam Reddox is glad to be in the mix.
Yesterday the five-foot-10, 180-pound winger from Whitby, Ont., was called up from the Springfield Falcons by the Edmonton Oilers.
Reddox, 21, had four goals and six assists in 15 games with the Falcons this season.
He was not in the lineup last night as the Oilers hosted the Minnesota Wild, but as the team's 13th forward is just an injury, suspension or healthy scratch away from making his NHL debut.
"I didn't expect it at all," Reddox said last night. "It's very exciting. Bucky (Falcons head coach Kelly Buchberger) is showing a lot of confidence in me.
"I'm getting a lot of opportunities to play in several different situations.
"I'm just trying to make the most of those opportunities."
Reddox was the Oilers fifth choice (fourth round) - 112th overall - in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season he scored eight goals and had 18 assists with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL.
"I'm excited, I've worked my whole life for this," he said.
"I'm getting an opportunity to play with the best players in the world, so I'm going to try and make the most of it and make an impression."
Since sending Marc-Pouliot down to Springfield at the beginning of the month, the Oilers have been playing without a spare forward.
It was only a matter of time before they called one up from Springfield
"I wasn't too aware of the situation here, I don't know about the other guys," Reddox said.
"I was just trying to play my game down there and focus on the Springfield Falcons."