EDMONTON, AB - It's much too early to formulate a strong evaluation on Pontus Aberg. He's played just six games for Edmonton since being acquired in a trade with Nashville at the deadline.
He has one assist over that stretch, but he's now being placed in a very good situation. Last game, he skated on a line with Connor McDavid - a spot where he was again at practice on Monday.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says he's got some tools to indicate he'll fit in well there but, once again, it's too early to evaluate thoroughly.
"I thought he played with a lot of fire in the first three games and let the fourth one get away from him," said McLellan. "Then this one, after having a talk with him and giving him a chance with Connor, I thought he performed well there. The one thing he has is he's got some good smarts and a shot. He was willing to use it on Connor's line. He didn't get production with it, but he did try and use it. I think it's much too early to formulate a real strong opinion. We've got to let him play more games and see where he's at after probably 10 and have a better indication."