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Stone not about to rest on his laurels

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Ryan Stone has made it.

When the Edmonton Oilers submit their final roster for the upcoming season today, the Calgary native is expected to be on it.

"It feels good that I made it this far," Stone said. "But there is still a long ways to go in order to keep my spot."

Stone, 24, came into camp as an outsider to make the team.

He was acquired by the Oilers in January from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade that sent goaltender Mathieu Garon the other way.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the second round - 32nd overall -- of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Stone never found his way onto the Penguins roster.

In a little over three years with the organization, he played just eight NHL games.

"I think what we like about him is that he gets around the ice well, he's a very responsible guy, he plays among the traffic," said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn.

"He's impressed the coaches. Coaches like reliable people and he's a guy that seems to avoid a lot of errors.

"He's done a pretty good job of learning the responsibilities of a two-way player."

Yesterday, the Oilers assigned defenceman Theo Peckham to the Springfield Falcons and placed forward Liam Reddox on waivers with the intention of sending him down to their AHL affiliate.

With Fernando Pisani expected to be on long-term disability with a back injury and Marc Pouliot out with an abdominal injury, the Oilers do not need to make any more cuts by the start of the season.

Regardless, Stone would have probably made the team on the basis of his play in the preseason.

"Coming in here, it was indicated to me there were at least 19 guys that had a chance to play on the roster," Quinn said.

"He was one of the 19 -- perhaps at the lower end of it when we started, but he was someone that we were told to watch very closely."


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