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Seventh Oilers defenceman expected to enter the lineup Saturday versus the Ottawa Senators

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Enter, Yohann Auvitu.

After two consecutive losses, Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan indicated the seventh defenceman will be given a chance to play against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. 

"I think he can fit our group right now," said McLellan, expressing some concern with the team's defence recently. "It's not like we're lighting the world on fire on the back end. There's other veterans that have had three other opportunities in the games that haven't performed to their capabilities defensively. We're going to give him a chance, we're going to let him go in and see what he can do."

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McLellan likes what he's seen of the blueliner.

"I see a guy that moves well with the puck and a guy that has a little spring in his stride," he said. "He can skate pucks out of trouble and we're working on the defensive part of his game.

"He can be a factor if he can get his legs going."

Auvitu was with the New Jersey Devils organization last season, splitting his time between New Jersey and Albany. In 25 games with New Jersey, he had two goals and two assists.

Suiting up for the American Hockey League's Albany Devils, Auvitu had five goals and eight assists in 29 matches.

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