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Lander leads Oilers rookie barrage

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Anton Lander is taking following Magnus Paajarvi’s footsteps literally.

Lander’s former Swedish teammate scored twice in his first appearance as an Oiler last year, so Lander followed suit Sunday, scoring the fourth and sixth goals in a 7-2 whitewash over Vancouver at the Young Stars Tournament.

“The first period was not so comfortable, I was a little bit weird, just standing around, a lot of new things to think about,” he said. “But the teammates helped me to understand what the coach said. It was a good first game for us.”

Lander was one of many Edmonton prospects who stood out in the lopsided affair.

The Oilers broke open a 1-1 tie with six unanswered goals in the second period, chasing beleaguered starter David Honzik from the pipes after the fifth.

Curtis Hamilton scored for Edmonton in a first period that ended 1-1.

Then the Oilers took over, with Philippe Cornet, Lander twice, Martin Gernat, Antti Tyrvainen and Drew Czerwonka doing the damage.

About the only guy who didn’t score is the guy Oilers fans were watching closest. But Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still had a decent game, full of the deft and subtle plays with the puck that don’t always stand out, but often led to goals.

His second period assist was a classic example. He anticipated a turnover, beat the goalie and a defenceman to the puck, slipped it to a teammate and came away with a second assist. Without his vison and reflexes the goal doesn’t happen.

“I thought it was a pretty good first game,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “Once you get the first few shifts out of the way, the jitters and the nerves, I felt pretty good out there. I was definitely excited to be wearing Oilers colours for the first time.”

Edmonton gets the day off Monday before returning for games against Calgary Tuesday and Winnipeg Wednesday.

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