Maintenance Day for Nielsen: Frans Nielsen did not skate with the team Thursday, taking a “maintenance day” according to Head Coach Jack Capuano.
Capuano: He battled through the last game there. Fortunately we gave him a little bit of time at the end of the game to rest up.
As a result, Brock Nelson and Kael Mouillierat were bumped up a line at Thursday’s practice, but the wingers were in the same spots they started in on Tuesday’s game.
Worth the Weight:
Kael Mouillierat’s first NHL call-up has been a rollercoaster thus far, getting the full experience with a win, loss and a shootout. Mouillierat earned two keepsakes from his first stint in the show, scoring his first goal and first point Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.
For the Edmonton, AB, native, an added perk of his first NHL stint has been a chance to mingle with a childhood hero, former Oiler and current Islanders Assistant Coach, Doug Weight.
“He was a skilled forward that I tried to emulate my game off of as a kid,” Mouillierat said. “He was one of my favorite players so it’s definitely a thrill to get to learn from him now. Just to talk to him once in a while is pretty special. My buddies back home ask how Dougie is doing because they are big fans.”
Weight played nine seasons with the Oilers, scoring 577 points (157 goals, 420 assists) in 588 games. Weight had his three best seasons in Northern Alberta, netting 104, 90 and 82 points respectively. It’s no wonder he was so popular amongst kids like Kael, who still remembers some of Weight’s best moments.
“He split the D, deked backhand-to-forehand and roofed it against the Flames,” Mouillierat said. “I have a lot of good memories of Dougie. He was pretty loyal to that franchise. He still holds a special place in the hearts of Edmontonians.”