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Mark Letestu has emerged as a power play performer for the Oilers all season long

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Mark Letestu has three goals in seven games to lead the Oilers in the playoffs and of the four power play goals that Edmonton has scored through seven playoff outings, Letestu has scored three of them. 

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was quick to point out why Letestu's had that much success on the man advantage. 

"He's prepared to shoot," McLellan said. "He doesn't defer to others on that power play. The fact he's willing to shoot makes it work. When we talk about test and filling that power play he's a very bright hockey player."

Letestu played a little on the power play last season, scoring three times with the man advantage and registering 12 points but this year he became a lot more of a trigger man with 14 points and 11 goals. 

"I've had a few in that spot," Letestu said of where he scored both his power play markers on Wednesday. "That's kind of just my area on the power play. And lucky bounces... One's off a shot and a rebound, (the other) Leon found a way to get it through to me. It's just my job to get it on net and hopefully get it on the goalie."

He added that there's no exact science in terms of placing the puck, it's just getting it towards the net.

"There's no trying to place it anywhere, the puck comes to you and try to hit it as hard as you can. Hopefully it gets over the pad," Letestu finished.

McLellan had high praise for the native of Elk Point, Alberta who played in the AJHL with the Bonnyville Pontiacs. 

"It's a great story. I don't know how he broke into the league. Couldn't tell you his history or what Columbus saw in him. Sometimes you have to have players in your environment and they have to be around you to appreciate it," McLellan said. 

 

"If I was to pick an individual in the locker room who would one day lead a team using his acumen it would be (Letestu). He understands concepts, he fits that group well physically and mentally.

"Great story for an Alberta kid to come home and play in Edmonton."

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