Nilsson, Brule will sit

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

DENVER -- Gilbert Brule and Robert Nilsson drew the short straws on Thursday and were relegated to the press box.

Judging by the Edmonton Oilers practice at the University of Denver Friday, that's where the pair will stay.

"One of the reasons I sat (Fernando) Pisani the other night was because I thought he had dropped off his level and his ability to be intense," said head coach Pat Quinn.

POSITIONAL ERRORS

"Gilbert, who had missed a bunch of time with illness, had a game that he didn't appear to be in it mentally. He had lots of positional errors."

Brule had one goal in four games after returning from sickbay. He has 12 goals and 13 assists in 45 games this season.

On Friday, he and Nilsson were used as the extra forwards at practice.

"Now that we have a couple of extra guys, we're going to have to come up with a way to make a good decision about who should play and who shouldn't," Quinn said.

"We're not fixed on our roster yet."

Nilsson has been a healthy scratch in Edmonton's previous two games. He has six goals and 12 assists in 39 games on the year.

"With Bobby, it's the same thing -- we're looking for more production from him," Quinn said.

'NOT MUCH OFFENCE'

"He's been on all our power plays, he's been on our supposed first unit and there's not been much offence there. I know we shouldn't measure everything by offence, but if there's no offence and his defence is a little suspect, then sometimes you feel like you need to have him out of the lineup.

"But he's a young guy and we need to continue to develop these young guys and we'll have some tough decisions going forward as to who gets into the lineup."


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