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BLOG: Eakins sees hard work paying off for Purcell

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins talked about one of the newest Oilers and his contributions so far at training camp. Teddy Purcell was acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning in June. Eakins says Purcell is coming along and the performance is catching up to the effort.

“Last game, I started to see it,” Eakins said. “I felt for him because he had worked extremely hard in practice. He jumped in, our pace of practice is way up, with it being much shorter. Our guys were going and he was doing his damnedest to help drive the pace. He was working extremely hard, and usually when your players are doing that it starts to creep into their game. That’s what happens. He wasn’t getting rewarded in the games but I thought he had the pace and he can certainly make a play. This guy has got really soft hands, he can find people, I think he’s going to be a danger on one of our power play units and he’s going to be a great compliment to guys who can shoot the puck. We’ve got a lot of time for Teddy and I think he’ll fit into our group quite nicely moving forward.”
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