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Brodziak wearing big wings

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

CALGARY -- It was like going to elementary school flanked by two significantly bigger brothers.

Kyle Brodziak could have kicked sand in the face of anybody he liked last night in Calgary, and it's unlikely any harm would have come to him.

Not with Zack Stortini and Steve MacIntyre as linemates.

"This is new for me," Brodziak said. "I think maybe when I was a young guy in Moose Jaw - 16 or 17 - I might have played with the two tough guys a little bit.

"But since I started playing pro, I've never really played with two legitimate enforcers like that. It's going to be pretty fun out there. I definitely feel like I'm going to be protected."

Last night the Oilers took their first look at MacIntyre, inserting him into the lineup against the Calgary Flames.

The six-foot-six, 265-pound winger is auditioning for a spot on the Oilers' roster as an enforcer.

Stortini - who filled that role for the team last season - is still a willing participant, but has also developed into an effective fourth-line player.

"I've always believed the goaltender was the safest player on the ice," joked Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "I may be wrong tonight - I'm not sure."

MacIntyre, 28, had two goals, three assists and 213 penalty minutes with the AHL's Providence Bruins last season. A graduate of the Western Hockey League, the Brock, Sask., native has yet to play an NHL regular-season game.

"I just want to go out there and leave it all on the line," MacIntyre said.

"I think with Craig, he's the type of guy that if you go out there, work hard and give an honest effort, I think he'll be happy with that.

"You're going to make mistakes, but hopefully you can just buy into the system and go from there."


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