Hartikainen getting another chance with Oilers

Teemu Hartikainen is expected to use his size to create offence and make a case for himself in the...

Teemu Hartikainen is expected to use his size to create offence and make a case for himself in the Oilers lineup. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

EDMONTON - At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Teemu Hartikainen is exactly what the Edmonton Oilers want.

Question is, does he want the Edmonton Oilers?

At least badly enough to finally reach out and put a job they’ve been holding for him for two years in a choke hold?

A big, strong winger who can play is at the very top of the Oilers wish list and they’ve been giving the 22-year-old Finn several chances to be that guy for them. He’s yet to take it.

“With Teemu it’s very clear what our needs are, to increase our physicality down low, to sustain our cycles, also increase the net pressure,” said head coach Ralph Krueger. “He has that physical side to him that we like. It’s his consistency that’s hurt him the last two years.”


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