Oilers ' Peckham knows his job

Theo Peckham of the Edmonton Oilers knocks Stefan Meyer of the Calgary Flames into the boards...

Theo Peckham of the Edmonton Oilers knocks Stefan Meyer of the Calgary Flames into the boards during their game in Calgary Tuesday. (Al Cahrest, QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

EDMONTON - COLUMBUS — Theo Peckham doesn’t need a set of instructions. If it moves, and it’s not in orange and blue, hit it,

Back in the lineup after missing one game with a hurt hand, the 234-lb defenceman spent most of Tuesday evening making wallpaper out of the Calgary Flames.

“I watched the last game from the stands and I think that was something we were missing,” said Peckham. “And that’s one of the only things I do really well. I just wanted to come out and make sure we had a little more stability in the lineup as far as the physical play goes.”

The third-round pick from 2006 is already turning into one of those guys that other teams talk about in pre-game meetings. Keep your head up when 49 is out there. If the Oilers want to get a message across, the coach says they should Send It Like Peckham.

“We need that,” said Tom Renney, who doesn’t have any muscle among his top-nine forwards. “We have to have a physical presence in our own end. Everybody has to do that to the degree that they’re capable of. Be engaged. Be passionate. Theo plays like that all the time and that’s why he’ll be in this league.”

Peckham more than made his presence felt at the Saddledome despite being slightly handicapped by a brace on his hand.

“It’s tough, but it’s what I have to deal with for the next couple of weeks,” he said. “It keeps my hand in a playing position and doesn’t allow me to move it very much. It’s pretty much locked in the one position.”

That makes it tough for a guy who doesn’t exactly have the hands of surgeon to begin with. Still figuring out the trajectory change, he rang one off his own goal post while trying to ring the puck out of his own zone Tuesday.

“It’s tough getting adjusted to it, but at the same time there’s no excuses for that,” he said. “A bad bounce, it’s going to happen, just hopefully not in my own net any more.”

Fighting, for the time being, is out of the question.

“I can still play and right now playing is what’s important to me. I want to mix it up a little bit more but right now as far as fighting goes, I want to, but it might not be the smartest thing right now.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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