January 16, 2013
Edmonton Oilers acquisition Mark Fistric likes to pick his spots
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Mark Fistric is a guy to look out for.
When the newest member of the Edmonton Oilers blue line hits you, it can leave a mark.
Oilers forward Anton Lander found that out last season, ending up on the receiving end of a Fistric hit.
“Yeah, I remember that hit,” smiled Fistric after his first practice with the club Tuesday. “It was just another situation where you catch a guy with his head down ... and it was an opportunity to finish my hit.”
Fistric knocked Lander into the next week, which showcased his ability to punish opponents who aren’t paying attention.
The Oilers acquired the local product from the Dallas Stars on Monday, in exchange for a third-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft.
“To have depth in that physical, penalty-killing, intimidating, difficult to play role is very important in our season for us,” said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger.
“If you look at our speed, and anybody watching our practice can feel that speed down