LOS ANGELES - Colten Teubert should have made his Edmonton Oilers debut prior to Thursday’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings.
However, when the Oilers made the call out to Oklahoma City in search of a defenceman last week, the former first-round pick didn’t have his passport with him and therefore could not jump on a flight from Houston, where the Barons were playing, to Edmonton.
The Oilers ended up recalling Alex Plante, who picked up an assists in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
“It was devastating, I’m not going to lie,” Teubert said. “Ever since you were a kid, you dream of getting that call. It was a missed opportunity, but it eventually worked out and I didn’t want to dwell on it.
“I wanted just to play solid and I think I did that in those next two games in Oklahoma City. I guess it was enough for a second shot. There’s a little bit of redemption there and I’m happy to be here and I have my passport now.”
Teubert was called up on Wednesday and joined the team in Los Angeles.
He was acquired in the deal that sent Dustin Penner to the Kings at the trade deadline last March.
Things didn’t get off to a good start back then either as Teubert and his roommate were robbed in their hotel room after joining the Barons on a road trip.
“It was like a 12-game road trip, so everything that I was traded with, all my personal belongings, got robbed,” Teubert said. “I was basically left with nothing, I had my socks, my tracksuit and a pair of dress shoes.”
Teubert was in the lobby at the time of the incident while his roommate, Kevin Montgomery, was in the shower and had left the door latched open.
“It’s been a process trying to get everything back like social insurance cards and things like that,” Teubert said. “I got a bit of reimbursement, but it’s the photos on my computer and stuff that I lost which really bug me.
“At first we though it was a prank because we had just both been traded to the team and we thought the veterans were playing a prank with us. We were a mess, we just had socks and tracksuits the whole trip.”
Selected 13th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Teubert never got an opportunity to play a game with the Kings.
It’s ironic his first NHL contest came against the team who drafted him.
“I got butterflies the moment I got the call up,” Teubert said. “But I think being nervous is a good thing and I’m just going to try and use it to my advantage and play solid.”
The matter between the Oilers and the Kings regarding Colin Fraser and his ankle injury should be resolved when the two teams go to a hearing in a couple of weeks (Nov. 16). The Kings are looking for compensation claiming the Oilers traded them damaged goods in Fraser, who after being examined by the Kings team doctor underwent surgery. He’s current on the Kings injured reserve list. Because the matter will be determined in a hearing, neither side would comment on it.
SHOULDERING A LOAD
Cam Barker wouldn’t divulge which shoulder was bothering him, probably for good reason. But the Edmonton Oilers defenceman sat out his second-consecutive game with a shoulder injury on Thursday. He expects to be back Saturday when the Oilers travel to face the Phoenix Coyotes in the second of a six-game road trip.
“It’s getting better every day,” Barker said. “I’ve never injured my shoulder before, so it’s kind of new to me. I just want to be cautious and make sure going forward that it doesn’t happen again.”
Barker said there isn’t anything structurally wrong with his shoulder and it just needed time to heal.
“It’s bound to happen, there are 82 games and you’re bound to get bumps and bruises,” Barker said. “It’s a matter of taking care of them now and down the road when it’s crunch time, you can be there and playing well.”
GAME DAY SCRATCHES
Assistant coach Steve Smith has come up with a interesting way to make sure his team checks out the opponent’s line combinations written on a board in the dressing room.
Smith adds familiar names to the list of players scratched for that particular contest.
On Thursday, the scratches included Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Buchberger and Marcel Dionne.
PENT UP PENNER
Tom Renney is aware of what Dustin Penner is capable of when properly motivated. The Oilers head coach can also relate to the frustration of dealing with the forward when he’s not into it. So far Penner has struggled with the Kings with just one assist in nine games going into Thursday’s contest. Regardless, knowing that playing against his former team could provide some motivation, Renney was prepared to deal with the six-foot-four, 242-pound winger.
“We have to keep Pens to the outside, we can’t let him get his body into the slot area and around the net, we have to really makes sure we that we box him out well, try to keep the puck off his stick, he’s got a good shot,” said Renney. “We have to make him work 200-feet both ways, as best we can and we have to be a discipline team because he can definitely contribute on the power play.”