Anton Lander had, by all accounts, a very good training camp and pre-season. He led the Oilers in scoring with five goals and six total points. However, so far through eight games, Lander has been held scoreless in the regular season.
Head Coach Todd McLellan says you have to look past the boxscore to evaluate Landers performance.
“You have to watch Anton fairly close to understand his contributions. A good camp for him is three goals in one game and all that type of stuff. I don’t think he’s that type of player consistently so we don’t evaluate him that way. You have to look at faceoffs, you have to look at his ability to penalty kill, be responsible on the ice. You’re not going to drive home at night and get all excited about Anton and the plays and the smoothness in his game but if you go back and watch it again you’ll appreciate the details he has defending, doing some of the little things, taking and giving direction on the ice. He’s one of the few guys that actually is fairly vocal all the time, which is nice. He does do some things there.”
Lander played 19:54 against Washington on Friday night. He was even for the game with four shots on goal in the 7-4 loss.