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As the Oilers prospect pool develops, the more pressure the up-and-coming players will bring to the roster. As the young guns begin pushing the veterans and competing for spots, the organizational parity should make everyone perform better.
Perron’s message to the young prospects in town ahead of training camp is for them to bring that pressure and push the veterans to show management they’re close, if not ready, for the NHL.
“I think for them personally, if you’re going to want to make the team then you are going to have to make an impression,” Perron said. “It’s not going to be just tiptoeing around. You have to come in and really make a big impression and work the veterans respectfully but work them really hard. You’re trying to show the management that either you are ready or you’re going to be ready very soon. It’s a good strength for an organization to have when a lot of young guys are pushing.”