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Quinn's class system -- one room for all

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Head coach Pat Quinn made quick work of the class system in training camp.

In previous seasons the veterans would all change in the Edmonton Oilers main dressing room and the prospects would be relegated to the "Thanks for Coming" rooms down the hall.

Not this year. Quinn has everyone everywhere -- rookies and veterans in the main room and rookies and veterans in the more spartan visitors and auxiliary rooms.

"I wanted our veteran guys and our experienced guys to be around our younger guys and our prospects," said Quinn.

"I want them to learn about our culture and our expectations, what it takes to be a good pro. The only way to do that was to share.

"We only have the one top room."

And right now, everyone is in the same boat, if not the same room.

"You might be a kid on the way up, you might be a kid who's a dependable minor league call up for us, or you're going to be a guy on this roster.

"In the meantime, for a week and a half, we are an organization."

It's also a sign that just because you were here last year, doesn't mean that this year is a given.

"We say every year that jobs are open and we want you all to feel like (you have a honest shot).

"If I say that and stick all the rubby-dubs or whatever it is in one room, it becomes false words."

Three times 21

With 63 players, three full teams of 21, camp was divided into three sessions, beginning at 8:15 and wrapping up at 1:15.

It made for a long day for the coaches, but they want to keep the groups small for better teaching and evaluation.

"We've set it up this way so we can start to introduce our system of play to them which will be a little bit different than they've experienced in the past," said Quinn.

"And we can get a good look at each individual."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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