Reddox finally samples full flavour of NHL experience

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Liam Reddox played his first NHL game for the Oilers in Friday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Summoned from the Springfield Falcons the day before, the 21-year-old was inserted into the lineup along with Patrick Thoresen in place of veterans Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres, who were healthy scratches.

"I felt pretty comfortable; it was good that I got in a few practices before, I got to hang around the guys and gained some confidence," said Reddox. "It made it a lot easier for my debut here."

Reddox was Edmonton's fifth pick -- 112th overall -- in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The native of Whitby, Ont., played four seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League before heading to play with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL last year.

In 70 games with the Thunder, he scored eight goals and added 18 assists.

This season with the Springfield Falcons, Reddox had six goals and 13 assists with a plus-six rating in 22 games.

He was first called up on Nov. 15 and looked set to make his debut when Kyle Brodziak injured his knee.

However, Brodziak was able to play through the injury relegating Reddox to the press box. A week later, he was back in Springfield.

"I knew what the situation was," Reddox said.

"Brodie had a bit of an injury, but in the end he was ready to go. I realize that he was going to play in front of me. I just came ready to the rink and that's all I can do."

Reddox didn't record a point against the Blues and finished minus-one in 5:55 of ice time on 12 shifts.

"He could have had a goal on his first shift, he got a good opportunity in front of the net," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"It kind of jammed him a little bit on his backhand, But it would have been a nice start for him."

With Stoll and Torres expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow when the Oilers kick off a three-game road trip in Dallas, Reddox will probably be heading back to Springfield shortly.


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