September 27 2016 09:12PM
Among the PTO's on this year's training camp roster of the Edmonton Oilers is Ryan Vesce. Who? Ryan Vesce is a 34 year old hockey player from Long Island who has an interesting background—and arrives at Oilers camp coming off a splendid KHL season.
September 27 2016 07:00PM
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.
September 27 2016 02:45PM
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.
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.
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.