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Mark Arcobello and David Perron have formed strong chemistry and have contributed well on the Oilers' second unit.
Mark Arcobello has been the story of the young season for the Edmonton Oilers, as the journeyman AHL player has seized his first opportunity to play in the NHL and has been thriving so far.
The scrappy center has yet to register a goal but leads the team in assists with eight and has been an absolute fiend in the faceoff circle.
Craig MacTavish’s biggest offseason move, acquiring David Perron from the St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi, has seemed to work out in the Oilers' favor so far this season.
Perron has six points so far but has shown a tenacity that had been lacking in the Oilers' top two lines for quite some team.
Perron has an abundance of top-end skill, but it is his willingness to go to the dirty areas of the ice and his ability to get under the skin of his opponents that has made him the most valuable to the Oilers thus far.
Ales Hemsky has also endeared himself to his new coach, as Eakins has utilized the gifted forward in all aspects of the game so far, and Hemsky has responded with a respectable five points.
Unfortunately for this line, with the exception of Arcobello, Perron and Hemsky also have dismal plus/minus ratings. Some of this has to do with the fact that both players are utilized on the penalty kill (which is currently one of the worst in the league) and simply that the Oilers have been allowing far too many goals this season.