TRAINING CAMP 2016: THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
September 24 2016 08:01AM

Optimism

A new rink. A new season. New faces. And, of course, a new sense of optimism for long-suffering fans who’ve been counting the days since last season ended. Absolutely no surprise there, and as the Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place for their second day of their 2016 training camp today, that’s the way it should be.

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BLUE MUSIL

Lowetide
September 23 2016 09:06PM


David Musil was a terrific junior player. Smart positional defender, he could handle himself and he drove the play to the outside all day. The nature of being an Oilers fan is to assume the worst from second rounders, but in the case of Musil one of the reasons he may not be an Oiler this fall is out of his hands. The Leftorium is a monster, filled with an almost endless list of those blasted portsiders. Can Musil find his way to the Oilers opening night roster?

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Getting the Most Out of Nail Yakupov

Jonathan Willis
September 23 2016 07:18PM

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Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan wasted no time getting back from the World Cup, rushing back to Alberta to oversee their NHL team’s training camp.

Both were asked on their first day back about what’s expected of Nail Yakupov this season, and both were largely supportive of the 2012 first overall pick.

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Training Camp: Day One

Jason Gregor
September 23 2016 01:10PM

Many Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice at Rogers Place for the first time this morning, and every fan is hoping a new arena and some new players will end the Decade of Darkness. They will have three days of practice mixed in with some brief scrimmage time before beginning the preseason on Monday versus Calgary.

The Oilers top three centres weren't on the ice today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid are travelling back from the World Cup of Hockey and will join the team on Tuesday while Leon Draisaitl is preparing to play Sweden on Sunday in the semifinals. 

Without those three on the ice, we will have to wait a day or two to see which line combinations Todd McLellan will experiment with early on. McLellan was on the ice this morning and GM Peter Chiarelli was in the stands. Which is a good sign, because the Oilers don't have the luxury of taking any days off..

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Lucic: A new attitude is needed

Jason Gregor
September 23 2016 07:33AM

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The Oilers step on the ice at 10 a.m this morning and their 37th NHL season will begin. You might say the season doesn't begin until October 12th, but veteran Milan Lucic believes if things are finally going to change in Edmonton then their season actually began yesterday at medicals.

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