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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers winger Teddy Purcell didn’t like his start to the season and sought to change that. He has a candid discussion with Head Coach Todd McLellan after a handful of games.

“I didn’t like where I was at and he wasn’t pleased, he knew I had more to give,” Purcell said. “He talked about moving my feet and executing. That’s two things that are easily correctable and I’ve been trying to build off that. When I move my feet more, I am more involved in the play, I come up with more pucks and you have the puck more so you feel good about yourself. It can change pretty quick. This game can get nasty at times so you’ve got to keep it simple, keep going, keep trying to build that chemistry.”

Purcell has been playing better hockey in the recent stretch of games. He has points in three of his last four games and goals in two of his last three, including an overtime game-winning goal against Anaheim last Wednesday.

“I’m feeling good. I’m feeling more confident out there and moving my feet. I’m not the fastest guy anyways and I think when I missed 12 days in camp I kind of fell behind a little bit. It took me a little bit to get up to game speed where guys had some more exhibition games. Anytime you get the chance to play with two guys that are feeling it right now, in Leon and Taylor, it’s nice when the coach puts you up there and puts you in different situations. It can change pretty quick so you’ve got to ride the momentum and keep building.”

Purcell has eight points (4-4-8) in 18 games this season.

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