Oilers' Omark making strides

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:48 PM ET

CALGARY -- Linus Omark looks like he's trying to make the hockey team more than he's trying to make YouTube.

There have been no spinneramas, no daredevil shootout attempts, no razzle dazzle. just a guy going hard to the right places and actually paying attention to the half of the ice where the other team's net isn't.

"It's on purpose, I want to get better at that," said Omark, who was on the ice for all three goals in Edmonton's 3-0 win over Calgary, scoring one and assisting on another. "I know that I can do the other stuff, so I want to hit some people, dump the puck sometimes.

"I've been working on my defence. I know that they want to see if I can be better there. I think they know that I can play offence."

Last year Omark would have rather brush his teeth with sand than dump the puck in when he already had it on his stick with speed in the neutral zone. This year he's giving it a try.

"Maybe I'm doing it too often right now,' he said, adding the other side of his game isn't dead, it just doesn't have to be on display every time he has the puck. "You saw the first goal, I dumped it in and Horc got the rebound and scored. I know what the coaches want to see from me so I'm trying to get better at that. I'm not sure if I'm better yet, but I have to get better."

It's great by Tom Renney.

"When you see people like that who are gifted and love the puck and don't like giving it up, do so at the appropriate time, you're starting to get through," he said. "This is a young guy who can certainly help our hockey club if he continues to play that way."

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