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BLOG: Eakins explains Acton demotion

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked about the decision to place forward Will Acton on waivers today for the purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City.

"It's a hard decision," said Eakins. "That's a kid who's 100% committed. Does everything right, every day. We've got to get a little bit different mix. We really like the line of Hendricks, Gordon and Joensuu. We don't like breaking them up."

The head coach was looking for someone who can play with Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov.

"We need a different look on Leon's line with Taylor being out."

Eakins reiterated that it was very difficult to break the news to Acton.

"It's a tough decision. Hard one to break to Willie. When a kid like that does everything you ask of him every day."

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