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BRAIN

Shawn Horcoff

In a recent Sun Media poll, Horcoff was voted most likely to become a coach when his playing career is over. He's bright, articulate and rarely makes a bad play out on the ice. To top it off, he's a college graduate and the team's union representative.

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EYES

Ales Hemsky

Some of the passes he makes are so good you wonder if he has eyes in the back of his head. It's not just his ability to pass the puck that makes Hemsky so good, it's his vision and ability to spot the open man.

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VOICE

Ethan Moreau

He's like E.F. Hutton - when he talks, people listen. It's another reason the team made him captain this year. His message, however, will get through a lot better when he finally gets back in the lineup.

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LUNGS

Sheldon Souray

When he's been in the lineup, Souray averages more than 25 minutes per game. He's on the top defensive pairing, top power-play unit and kills penalties. There's a reason why the Oilers coveted the free agent so highly.

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FUNNY BONE

Marty Reasoner

Matt Greene could also be considered here. Between the two of them they would make a pretty good comedy duo. When the media needs a good quote, these two guys are where they go first. It's refreshing to see two guys have fun being hockey players.

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SHOULDERS

Shawn Horcoff

With the Oilers slumping early in the season, Horcoff put the club on his shoulders and kept them above water.

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HEART

Ethan Moreau

He hasn't played a game yet this season, but his heart was the main reason why the Oilers made Moreau their captain. When you talk about teammates that will go to the wall for you, Moreau's the guy. He injured his shoulder last year in a fight coming to the defence of a teammate. This year, he fractured his ankle blocking a shot in preseason.

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ARMS

Ethan Moreau

He's considered the strongest and one of the fittest guys in the room. He probably should be, considering his brother Chad is the team's strength and conditioning coach.

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LEGS

Joni Pitkanen

There's something about his skating stride; he almost seems to glide above the ice. The Oilers' resurgence towards the midway point of the season has been in large part to Pitkanen who loves to get up the ice and jump into the rush. However, rarely has the Finnish defenceman been caught up ice. He has a knack for also being the first guy back.

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FEET

Andrew Cogliano

This kid can flat out fly. He's a good bet to win the fastest skater event during the skills competition. When he gets out in the open, there are few players in the league that can catch him.

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WRISTS

Shawn Horcoff

Maybe it's the new sticks that he customized at the Easton factory in Tijuana, Mexico, but this season it hasn't taken too long for the puck to go from Horcoff's blade to the back of the net. Most of his goals this season have been scored with a wicked wrist shot.

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HANDS

Sam Gagner

Have you seen his move in the shootout? This kid could stickhandle his way around an opponent in a phone booth. Besides his shootout prowess, Gagner has been known to stickhandle his way out of a corner on more than one occasion this season.


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