Young Stars Tournament: Oilers show structure in final game

Kevin McCartney
September 10 2013 08:38AM

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.

The Oilers played their final game of the tournament against a stripped-down Canucks team that put Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, and Jordan Subban in the seats next to me. Though losing every game of the tournament by a combined score of 17-6, a few players had statement games to distance themselves from the train wreck. The team also made their intended system much more clear in this game, returning to a two-man forecheck, tight gaps in transition, and centre playing below the defencemen in the defensive end.

With Eakins talking about an aggressive system to get the puck back at the NHL level, we can speculate about whether the young prospects were being taught a stripped-down version. Khaira did much better with the system this game, chasing less across the zone and staying in the middle, while Roy and Schaber continued to excel in the defensive aspects of the game. So long as Ewanyk doesn’t make the NHL squad, the system might even work. Let’s dig into the game.

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Robin Brownlee
September 09 2013 08:06PM

Aside from when, exactly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be ready to return to action from shoulder surgery, there isn’t a whole of intrigue to contemplate going into 2013 edition of training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, is there?

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September 09 2013 12:37PM


As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.

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Jason Gregor
September 09 2013 10:46AM

The Edmonton Oilers main camp opens Wednesday with medicals, and their first on-ice sessions will be Thursday and Friday at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park. Both days will be open to the public and Thursday's session starts at 8:45 a.m.

Tomorrow the Oiler rookies take on the U of A Golden Bears at Clare Drake at 7 p.m, and if this past weekend was any indication the rookies will be in tough to keep it close. The rookies were outscored 17-6 in three games, which means little in the long term growth of the organization, but the rookies will need to be much better to avoid getting embarrassed by the Golden Bears.

As the Oilers enter their 34th season, there are plenty of questions that need to be answered.

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Brandon Davidson, Hidden Gem?

Jonathan Willis
September 09 2013 09:01AM

There was a lot more bad than good for the Oilers at this year’s Penticton Young Stars tournament, particularly for the highly-touted defensive group. Still, it wasn’t all bad, and Brandon Davidson found a way to distinguish himself.

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