No face Plante for D-man

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Four points in two games? Not bad for a stay-at-home defenceman.

"Last year in total (in Springfield) I think I only had nine," said Alex Plante, after a two-assist night against Phoenix. "It's not the main part of my game -- I want to take care of my own zone first and whatever happens after that, happens -- but I think I do have a little bit of offensive upside."

He's certainly had a gold touch in camp. In a camp dripping with offensive talent, he's tied for the lead in preseason scoring.

"Things are working for me," shrugged Edmonton's second pick, 15th overall, in 2007. "I'm getting the puck up quick and they're going all the way down the ice and scoring, there's not much to them, but I'll take them."

But getting to the puck, turning and making a quick decision and pass is no small part of the game. Mastering that is a big step.

"Quick transition is big in today's game," he said. "You want to get the puck in the forwards' hands and get it moving the other way. It's not only easier on the forwards, but also on us because we don't have to play in our own zone."


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