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Purcell wants to shoot more in Edmonton

Jul 27, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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New Edmonton Oilers forward Teddy Purcell has learned a few things in his time in the NHL.

Going from the Los Angeles Kings to the Tampa Bay Lightning helped establish him as a very offensively capable player who can score goals and distribute the puck. If there’s one thing he says he needs to do more of, however, it’s to shoot the puck as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal shared.

Purcell said he get yelled at a lot for not firing the puck more often — he recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season — “but there are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I’ll shoot more.”

Over his career, Purcell hasn’t been a big time shooter.

In 310 career games, he has 645 shots on goal — an average of 2.08 per game. He has 67 career goals and while being a set-up man is great to have, the Oilers aren’t running short on those with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

Hall, Eberle and David Perron were very capable goal scorers last season but the Oilers will need more punch there. Purcell scored 24 goals in 2011-12 and 17 the season before that. Since then, he was caught up passing off to Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Great options to defer to, but now he’ll be the “older” guy at 28 years old playing in Edmonton.

  1. lowenni - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    He should really just do the opposite of whatever the hell he was trying to do last season. The guy’s got a ton of talent, not sold on his work ethic however.

    • georgejarkko - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      I was going to say something much more negative about Purcell, or at least something very positive about how Yzerman managed to move him, but I’m gonna follow your lead, lowenni, and just hope all Teddy needs is a change of scenery and wish him the best.

  2. sunking1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Teddy has been very frustrating to watch with the Lightning. His lack of shooting is a huge issue. He’s the only guy I know looking to pass in the shootout. To make it more frustrating as a fan, he has a very good wrister/snap shot and he still won’t shoot!

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