Rob Schremp was given an opportunity and impressed.
The key now is to keep impressing, keep doing the little things that the Edmonton Oilers expect of him, keep putting up points.
"He played well in all areas of the game," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "Just positionally he was on the right side of the puck most times, checked very responsibly, showed me that he can make his way around the rink without the puck at a level that I haven't seen before."
Oiler fans have been waiting for Schremp to make an impression since the team selected him with their second pick - 25 overall - of the 2004 NHL Draft.
He's failed to make the team out of training camp for three consecutive seasons and in three prior call-ups had seen very limited ice time.
Wednesday night, Schremp played on the Oilers' second line alongside Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner, and picked up his first NHL point, setting up Marc Pouliot in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
Pouliot made sure Schremp got to keep the puck.
"That's probably the best I felt in an Oilers jersey," Schremp said. "I think there were a lot more positive things out there than negatives, that's the key. I thought our line tonight was doing that."
Schremp played nearly 15 minutes, which included some powerplay time. He came close to scoring his first career goal late in the third period, but Stars goaltender Marty Turco got enough of the shot to keep it out of the net.
"He flashed the leather on me," Schremp said. "I thought I had a goal for sure, I forgot I was going up against an NHL goalie there for a second. They don't drop their gloves like the peewee goalies do."