Effort pleases Horcoff

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

The games may not mean anything in the standings, but finishing off the preseason in style can go a long way once they drop the puck for real.

Shawn Horcoff last night had his best game of the exhibition campaign, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 5-4 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks.

FIVE POINTS

The outing gave Edmonton's top centre five points in four games heading into the regular season.

"It was a good effort tonight, we made a lot of mistakes, but I felt we battled back and we stayed in it," Horcoff said.

"Any time you get a win, especially the last one of the exhibition season, because you're playing a lineup that's close to the one you'll be playing in the regular season, it's a good one."

Horcoff took a nice feed from J.F. Jacques at the side of the net on the power- play to bang in the Oilers' third goal of the night. In the second period, he returned the favour, setting up Jacques for a tap-in.

"People get ready at different times, but everyone's goal is to by the end of preseason to be ready, because you don't want to leave it too long," Horcoff said.

Last season, Horcoff had 53 points in 80 games.

As the team's highest-paid forward, there'll be plenty of focus and high expectations on the native of Trail, B.C.

SAME AS IGINLA

He's making what the Calgary Flames are paying Jarome Iginla this year.

Horcoff is not looked upon in the same vein as Iginla, however.

His value to the Oilers is measured in more than just offensive production.

Along with playing on the top line, Horcoff is also an effective penalty killer and a valuable commodity in the face-off circle.

No one in the league took more draws last season.


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