5 FUN THINGS TO WATCH FOR: TEAM NORTH AMERICA

Lowetide
September 14 2016 07:00AM

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Some may not want to admit it, but the top team (in terms of interest) at the World Cup of Hockey is Team North America. Armed with a bunch of kids who only recently were playing video games until 2am in someone's basement on New Year's Eve, these young hockey players are fast and furious. Here are five things (plus a little more) we can all look forward to from the young guns.

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Versteeg discusses PTO, leadership and being versatile

Jason Gregor
September 13 2016 04:00PM

The Oilers signed Kris Versteeg to a PTO (Professional Tryout) last Friday. The 30-year-old will come to camp and try to earn a contract and spot on the right wing. He had 15 goals and 38 points last season, split between Carolina and Los Angeles. He's played 550 NHL games and 89 playoff games, winning two Stanley Cups as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Versteeg is an intriguing player. He is very versatile and can play both wings and anywhere in your lineup. I had him on my radio show after he signed and he sounded very excited for the opportunity to play in Edmonton.

We discussed his recent release/void contract from Bern, leadership, being a prankster and the challenge of coming to camp on a PTO.

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How Are The Oilers Doing in the World Cup Prelims So Far?

Chris the Intern
September 13 2016 02:00PM

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We are a few days into the World Cup of Hockey preliminary rounds, and I though that now is the perfect time for a look at the Oilers that are playing in the tournament. These first few games have without a doubt made me even more excited for the real tournament to get started on Saturday! 

There are four Edmonton Oilers taking part in the tournament; Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins play for team North America, and Leon Draisaitl and Andrej Sekera play for Europe. In the preliminary round, each team was matched up with another to play back-to-back games, followed by a third game against another team. It just so happened that our own boys faced off against each other for two games in a row, with Team North America winning both games. 

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Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson

Jonathan Willis
September 13 2016 09:00AM

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Peter Chiarelli had what we might charitably describe as a divisive summer, with the fan base split over both his choice of Adam Larsson as a long-term defensive solution and also the cost paid to acquire that player.

While the trade itself is highly debatable, what seems beyond dispute is the fact that the Edmonton Oilers will go into next season with a better top defence pair then they have iced in a long while.

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A Rogers Place Walk Through

baggedmilk
September 13 2016 07:00AM

I guess they didn't go with a Costco after all. #RogersPlace #oilers #yeg

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After years of bickering, construction, red tape, and traffic delays I was finally able to walk around Rogers Place for the first time over the weekend. I don't think it would be a surprise for me to tell you that the place is absolutely awesome. Follow along as I take you on a journey into our shiny new toy where I'll cover the important things like food, beer vendors, and bathroom stalls. Let's do it!

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