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Schremp's last Oiler game?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:59 PM ET

Tonight could be Rob Schremp's last chance to make a lasting impression on head coach Pat Quinn.

If he doesn't, then it might be his last game with the Edmonton Oilers.

Ever.

Given the glut of small forwards and the fact he hasn't really stood out in training camp, Schremp is a long shot to make the big club no matter what happens tonight in Winnipeg against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the former first round draft pick still has time to catch their attention.

He'll get his best opportunity so far, playing on a line with Dustin Penner and Jordan Eberle, who've been two of the better players in camp.

"It's a chance to perform and show the staff what you can do," said Schremp. "I have to go out and play my game and do what I can do. There's not a lot of time left, maybe a week. I have to see what I can do to get my foot in the door.

'I have some great linemates with Pens and Eberle; hopefully it will be a good-clicking line."

He needs a solid game at both ends of the ice if he's going to get a look in Edmonton's eighth and final pre-season game, which is normally pretty close to the final roster.

"You have to prove that you can play away from the puck," he said. "They know I can play offence, a lot of the knocks have been away from the puck. If I can improve my game that way, that will be something they're more impressed with."

If he is cut, Schremp will have to clear waivers before being sent to Springfield and might get picked up by another team.

"I'm not worried about that so far," he said. "I'm just worried about tonight. I hope it isn't my last game."

TONIGHT'S LINEUP

Dustin Penner - Rob Schremp - Jordan Eberle

Ethan Moreau - Sam Gagner - Andrew Cogliano

Robert Nilsson - Gilbert Brule - Ryan Stone

Steve MacIntyre - Liam Reddox - Zack Stortini

Ladislav Smid - Lubomir Visnovsky

Denis Grebeshkov - Steve Staios

Taylor Chorney - Tom Gilbert

Devan Dubnyk

Jeff Deslauriers


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