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Abney aiming to be whole package

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

From the moment he was drafted, it was all Cameron Abney could think about.

The Edmonton Oilers prospect can't wait to put on his team's jersey and represent tonight in Leduc.

Even if it's only in a rookie game against the Vancouver Canucks' new recruits.

"I'm so looking forward to that, it's going to be so awesome," said Abney. "So far at rookie camp, things have been really intense, everyone is trying to find their legs. The scrimmages are really good at the beginning and the guys are sort of losing their legs towards the end because there are only two lines."

Abney, 18, was selected by the Oilers in the third round (82nd overall) of last June's draft. The native of Aldergrove, B.C. was the team's fourth pick in the draft.

A member of the Everett Silvertips, Abney had a quiet year offensively last season, collecting a goal and three assists in 48 games. He's expecting to put up bigger offensive totals this year.

At six-foot-four, 192 pounds, Abney has all the tools to be an effective power forward.

"Last season wasn't really what I expected, I didn't really get much of an opportunity as a 17-year-old going in as a rookie," he said. "Towards the end of the year, it got better, I got more ice time and developed more of my physical game. It was good, because I knew they weren't expecting to get goals or points out of me. I knew what my role was, so in that regard it was good. But hopefully this year, I can be more of an offensive guy as well as a physical guy."


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