Oilers youngsters fill in

By Steve Morrow

When the Oilers traded both Tom Poti and Sean Brown at the deadline, the blueline had an opening, so the Oilers called up Sven Butenschon and Ales Pisa to fill the void.

Butenschon has been very steady in the three games, playing about eight minutes a night in the sixth defence spot. Pisa saw his first action against San Jose and definitely had his struggles. With the return of Steve Staios to the line-up, Pisa was pushed to the press box. This is a great time to be an Oiler prospect on defence, although Ferguson and Butenschon have laid claim for now.

The Bulldogs have won 3 in a row; they have a very similar record to the Oilers. Jason Chimera has scored 1g 5a 6pts during the streak. Ales Hemsky has scored 3 goals for Hull but they trail 2-1 to Montreal in the first round of QMJHL playoffs.