Young Stars Tournament Day One: Oilers Disorganized

Kevin McCartney
September 06 2013 03:22PM

Photo by Darren Kirby 

The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They're judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

Calgary had an impressive showing throughout the game, and it would be hard to imagine a more one-sided game through the first two periods. The Oilers struggled in transition and rarely created chances in the offensive end. Meanwhile, they failed to contain the Flames’ offence, and when Calgary wasn’t running a half-ice clinic, their transition chances seemed to be frequently of the 5-alarm variety.

In a prospect tournament, we’re primed to imagine the difference in team quality as being related to personnel. No doubt, many of the Oiler forwards looked out of place in the game. But in fact, the Oilers team struggles were very clearly linked to a single position – centre. Below we'll review the game and the Oilers' players.

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TRAINING CAMP SHOULD HELP THE OILERS

Jason Gregor
September 06 2013 10:42AM

That was the Oilers 2012/2013 depth chart heading into an abbreviated training camp last January. Fast forward nine months, and you'll notice that 11 of those players won't be on the ice next Thursday when the Oilers open their 2013/2014 training camp.

There will also be a new head coach running a new system, but unlike last year when Ralph Krueger took over, Dallas Eakins will have the luxury of a complete training camp and preseason schedule to implement his system.

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Oilers prospects fall 5-2 to Calgary

Jonathan Willis
September 05 2013 07:24PM

The first Edmonton game of the season was an ugly affair, with the “Oilers” losing to the “Flames” by a 5-2 score. There were a few high points for the Oilers’ prospects in attendance, but there was also a lot not to like - and a number of high profile prospects struggled in their 2013-14 debuts.

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Timetable for the defence

Jonathan Willis
September 05 2013 09:55AM

There’s no secret that the strength of the Edmonton Oilers prospect group can be found on the blue line. That’s good on the one hand because it’s the area where the team needs high-end help. On the other hand, an NHL team can only break in so many rookies at one position at a time, so it’s worth asking when these players will be NHL ready and in what order.

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THE WAY I SEE IT: SPIN

Robin Brownlee
September 04 2013 08:23PM

What we heard today from Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky was a combination of pure spin and putting the best foot forward for the sake of public consumption.

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