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Oilers Jasper-bound for team-building

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers took yesterday off after completing their exhibition season with a 3-2 victory, on the road, over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

The win gave the Oilers a 2-2-3 record in the preseason, the worst in the Northwest Division.

Today the team will head to Jasper to take part in a four-day team-building retreat. They are expected to trim down their roster prior to heading out.

"We'll sit down and evaluate how it all went, and what we want to do in terms of taking players to Jasper," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish on Sunday. "There could be a move or two, but probably not something full-scale."

The Oilers took 28 players to Dallas for their final preseason game.

It's expected they'll cut down to 23 or 24 by the regular-season opener on Sunday.

They'll be carrying three goaltenders for the time being and it appears enforcer Steve MacIntyre has done enough to earn a job. That leaves decisions to be made on defencemen Mathieu Roy, Taylor Chorney and Theo Peckham. Gilbert Brule and Rob Schremp may also be the odd forwards out.

STRUDWICK'S WHEELHOUSE

Jason Strudwick scored one goal in 52 games with the New York Rangers last season.

He scored the winner against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

"Dustin Penner wrapped it around the wall and it came right into my wheelhouse," said Strudwick. "I don't have a very big wheelhouse. I just shot it on the net and it went in. We'll take it."

The local product has impressed throughout the preseason and may have cemented a spot in the opening-night lineup on Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"To be honest with you, I'm surprised at how well Strudwick has played," MacTavish said.

"I didn't have that expectation of him. He's played very reliably and very well. If he wasn't playing as well as he's playing, he wouldn't be playing (against Dallas).

"He's playing well enough that he's definitely piqued everybody's curiosity."


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