2nd Star – Will Acton
Despite being a fourth line player, Acton was one of the more consistent Oilers last night in the loss. Finishing the game with one assist and a plus-1, Acton skated to eight and a half minutes of playing time. He also won 62% of his faceoffs, the highest percentage for Oilers centreman last night.
Acton also played responsibly in his own end and managed to create a couple scoring chances with his linemates Gazdic and Mike Brown, not to mention his fine penalty killing role.
One area of play that Acton could improve on his physicality. According to the box score he didn’t record a single hit and playing that fourth line role with players like Eager and Brown, it’s imperative that all three linemates are banging and crashing on a consistent basis.
Regardless, Acton played well enough to earn the second star of the game for the Oilers.