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It's Patrick's day

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

A year ago he was the revelation of training camp.

This season he wasn't good enough to make the team.

Yet Patrick Thoresen is making the most of his first opportunity with the Edmonton Oilers this season.

Tonight, the 24-year-old native of Oslo, Norway, will be playing his eighth game with the Oilers since his call-up at the beginning of the month.

"I'm not getting too comfortable here, but I've felt a lot better thaN I did at the beginning of the year," Thoresen said. "I've been trying to do a good job on the checking line and playing against the other team's top lines.

"We've done pretty well the last three or four games."

SEDIN SHUTDOWN

On Saturday, Thoresen, along with linemates Jarret Stoll and Marty Reasoner were responsible in limiting the Sedin brothers to an assist in a 2-1 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Tonight that line will probably draw the Dallas Stars top unit of Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Antti Miettinen.

"I played a lot on the fourth line last year," Thoresen said. "And while we were not playing against the other team's top line, the main thing was to not let the other team score any goals and get a goal every now and then.

"But I think I'm the type of guy that can do the job on the checking line and I'm the type of guy that takes a lot of pride in my job."

Thoresen started the year in Springfield when he failed to earn a job with the Oilers out of training camp.

Last season he surprisingly made the team after signing that summer with the Oilers as a free agent. He went on to score four goals and add 12 assists in 68 games.

Prior to his callup, Thoresen was second in team scoring with the Falcons.

"I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to play well, because I want to stay here," Thoresen said. "I think I belong here, but I have to play good hockey and do my job.

"If I do that they're going to keep giving me chances and opportunities to play."

In seven games with the Oilers this season, Thoresen has one goal.

But he's found a spot on the checking line for the time being, filling in for Zack Stortini who's been relegated to the pressbox.

With the news Raffi Torres may be out for the next two to three weeks with a knee injury, Thoresen could be here for some time.

CHRISTMAS IN EDMONTON

He's already summoned his family from Springfield who will join him in Edmonton for Christmas.

"I thought Patrick is playing really well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He works really hard away from the puck and he's reliable with the puck. I thought he's played really well in that role and we'll see him there again."


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