One of the items on the off-season to-do list of Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini was to find another transitional player. Now he has a player who can provide some leadership on and off the ice, plus he has acquired that consistent presence in front of the net that has been lacking since Ryan Smyth left the Oilers. Dustin Penner eventually found his way to the crease, but has since been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. Rookie Teemu Hartikainen also showed he was willing to chase down some rebounds and deflections, but now Smyth himself will back in his old office. He returns to Edmonton after the Los Angeles Kings agreed to take Colin Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick. "There's not a lot of guys in the league that can play like that," said Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff. "When (Penner) was here, I thought he did a good job. He scored lots of goals for us there, but we don't have Pens anymore either." Tambellini will also be counting on Smyth to assist the leadership group. "We knew whether it happened through free agency or a trade, that by the time we got to training camp we wanted to make sure we had that component," Tambellini said.
Tambellini expects Smyth to lead by example
Edmonton Journal | Jun 27