Camp competition, Puljujarvi to AHL and more

Jason Gregor
September 27 2016 07:00PM

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Todd McLellan didn't waste any time putting some Oilers players on notice. This preseason will be competitive and whether you are a veteran or a high-end draft pick, you will have to earn your roster spot.

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 02:45PM

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It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other, we have Team Europe, a group of players who are old, wise, have never really played together, and may never play together again, looking to upset goliath on their own ice.

It's not very likely at all, but hey, let's make the most of the occasion.

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Is Caggiula More Than A Placeholder?

Matt Henderson
September 27 2016 02:42PM

The way I see it, he has three games to make his case. Tops. After three more preseason games (at the most) Leon Draisaitl will return to the Oiler lineup, done with his duties on Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. By then, if Drake Caggiula hasn’t shown head coach Todd McLellan that he can be an effective player down the middle then he’ll probably have to wait for injuries to strike before the chance opens up again.

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EARLY RETURNS

Robin Brownlee
September 27 2016 12:00PM

Hard-luck forward Tyler Pitlick made the most of an unexpected appearance and looked like a keeper instead of a long shot. At the same time, heralded blue-chip rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, deemed by many to be a sure thing to crack the Edmonton Oilers’ line-up out of training camp, looked anything but.

Yet another reminder that it’s early, very early, in the pre-season -- split squad games against the Calgary Flames produced a 4-2 win at Rogers Place and a 2-1 decision down the road in Cowtown Monday – and that it’s a fool’s game to read too much into any single season performance, that small sample size thing, in terms of the bigger picture.

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Edmonton Oilers make their first seven cuts of training camp

Jonathan Willis
September 27 2016 10:44AM

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Todd McLellan wasted no time in shrinking the Edmonton Oilers' training camp roster Tuesday. The morning after the club's first significant pre-season contests, the Oilers announced seven cuts, reducing the cap roster down to 51 names.

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