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After his first seven-game stint with the Oilers in October returned no NHL debut, defenceman William Lagesson is back in the fold and ready for his opportunity

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Wild Bill has bided his time.

Not only with the Bakersfield Condors, where defenceman William Lagesson has deployed his well-rounded defensive game and posted 39 points in 98 AHL regular season and playoff games over two seasons, but also with the Oilers earlier this campaign as a seven-game call-up.

But despite being summoned by the big club back on October 17, the 23-year-old Swedish blueliner has yet to make his NHL debut.

Video: RAW | Tippett

"We want to get him in the lineup," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I'm not sure if it's tomorrow or not, we haven't come to a final conclusion on that, but he was playing well down there. (Brandon) Manning had to get some games, so he was the best fit there. (Caleb) Jones has been okay, so we'll make a decision on that tomorrow. 

"I'd like to get Lagesson in the lineup here sometime in the near future."

It's the strong defensive game and an uncomplicated game Lagesson will rely upon when given his opportunity.

"I'm going to play really hard and really focus on the defensive side of my game. Good position and good stick," Lagesson said. "Don't play too complicated, do my job, and do it 100 percent." 

Lagesson hopes to write his own story in the NHL much to the same theme as teammates who came before him in defencemen Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones - both Condors call-ups that are making headway in the league this season on the Oilers blueline. 

Video: RAW | Lagesson

"There's been great competition down there and a great environment to be in trying to get better every day," Lagesson said. "When Bear, Jones and those guys get called up, I'm happy for them. You're just motivated to see that opportunity."

"I see that they're doing a great job up here, and we're pretty much at the same level. It's good to see that they're doing great." 

Now, it's Lagesson's turn to enter the fold as a serviceable defender at Tippett's disposal. 

"You need a mix on your blueline," Tippett said. "You need guys who can block shots, penalty kill, or play hard in front of the net too. You can't just have all skill. So we're looking for that mix, but until Benning gets back up, we want to have players here that we can put into the lineup and compete and give us a chance to win."

"He's the best defenceman down there right now, and that's why he came up. If he gets the opportunity, we expect him to jump in and play well."

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