Brule stays home with flu

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:04 PM ET

SAN JOSE -- The Edmonton Oilers made the trip to California without Gilbert Brule, who stayed behind recovering from the flu.

The Oilers centre may be flown out to Los Angeles for the Oilers encounter against the Kings Thursday, depending on how he feels.

The flu virus hit the club hard last season, and the team is intent on keeping anyone infected this year away from the rest of the squad.

"We would bring him out on this trip if he was ready to go," said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. "But right now, he's day-to-day. We'll see how he is in a couple of days."

ROLE MODELS?

Unlike Logan Couture in the San Jose Sharks dressing room, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle do not have anyone with the Oilers that can truly relate to their situation this season.

Couture can look up to Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau as players who were high draft picks and have gone on to have successful careers.

"It might be a little bit different," Hall said. "But I do think the leadership in our room has proven instrumental in the way I've improved over the season. It is nice to be able to talk to guys that have been high picks before, but the leadership in here has helped us a lot."

It's the third time this season Hall has gone up against former first overall pick in Thornton, and former second overall picks in Heatley and Marleau.

"It's nice to play against them, they're obviously great players and high draft picks and they know what it's like coming in to a team in that circumstance," said Hall. "I think the biggest thing you look at is how well they're doing right now and what kind of teams they're playing on right now, they're all-star players and their careers are ones that I would like to follow someday."


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