EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Strome was slotted to play with Connor McDavid on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets, but by the end of the game he was shuffled down the lineup. Jesse Puljujärvi was the beneficiary of the move, sliding up to play with the Oilers captain.
McLellan said after the game he was hoping to get Ryan to be "a little harder and a little more competitive, so it was sending him a bit of a message."
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That was one of the factors why the move was made. The shuffling got Puljujärvi going as well. Strome commented Monday, on changing lines and his overall game.
"I saw a couple of the clips that I thought could have been improved on," said Strome. "Clean that up and I really just think that at the end of the day you have to get yourself ready for the start of the year. It's building, and trying to get to where you want to be. It's great. I got to see the clips this morning and there were a couple of things I remember from the bench. The team responded well, I thought I responded well. It's kind of good to play with different guys too and I think you've just got to get your game where you want to be, and it's part of the learning process."
Strome expect to have a bounce-back game next time he hits the ice.
"Now is the time to clean those things up," said Strome. "I don't think it's anything too huge, it's just a matter of knowing your job, getting your job done and helping the team out. It's pretty simple."