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BLOG: Nelson impressed with play of young defencemen

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The average age of the Oilers defencemen on the ice against Los Angeles was 22.8. That comes due to injuries to Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference and Nikita Nikitin.

But those youthful blueliners did just fine against the physical Kings, helping the Oilers skate to a 4-2 victory. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said he thought they played, “outstanding.”

“I liked the battle,” said Nelson. “I liked the way that the big guys back there battled hard. Musil was strong. Everyone of them. Justin Schultz was battling, and it was a situation where our young D made it very difficult to maybe penetrate the net. We talked about winning battles in the corners and we did a great job. All six guys battled hard tonight.”

Oscar Klefbom, 21, played the most minutes, logging 25:50 of ice time. In just his second NHL game, 21-year-old David Musil logged 19:47 of ice time and recorded his first NHL assist.

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