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Riesen loses NHL place

Riesen (left) has struggled to make an impression in the NHL


Swiss ice hockey star Michel Riesen has been dropped by the Edmonton Oilers, after playing just 12 matches for the NHL side.

The 21-year-old left winger was unable to find the net while playing for Edmonton this season, managing just one point for an assist. He will now return to the Oilers' farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he has played for the last three seasons.

Riesen was one of three Swiss players who made their NHL debuts this season.

As backup to NHL goalkeeping legend Patrick Roy, Fribourg's David Aebischer has so far made just two appearances for the Colorado Avalanche. Both matches saw good performances by the Swiss goalie, however. After conceding one goal in the first game, Aebischer celebrated a shutout in the second.

Reto von Arx, meanwhile, has now played nine matches for the Chicago Black Hawks. The left winger has scored twice so far, both goals coming in the Black Hawks' 5-3 win over Columbus last month.

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