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Darnell Nurse and an impressive group of prospects remain in training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, while a considerable number are now assigned to Bakersfield. Who dominated performances among prospects this week? It’s a long list. 


  1. Connor McDavid 2GP, 0-4-4
  2. Anton Slepyshev 4GP, 2-0-2
  3. Andrew Miller 3GP, 1-1-2
  4. Leon Draisaitl 4GP, 1-1-2
  5. David Musil 1GP, 0-1-1
  6. Jordan Oesterle 2GP, 0-1-1
  7. Anders Nilsson 2GP, 0.00 1.000 (stopped all 17 shots)
  8. Laurent Brossoit 1GP, 2.07 .889
  9. Source
McDavid got credit for a Leon assist, you can change it but this is the official total for everyone who has made the scoresheet. McDavid, Draisaitl and Slepyshev combined for a play that was amazing, an absolutely brilliant sequence. 


  1. Caleb Jones 2GP, 1-2-3
  2. Ethan Bear 1GP, 0-1-1
  3. Keven Bouchard 2GP, 4.06 .869
A very nice start for Jones, who is playing his first WHL regular-season games and having good success. Ethan Bear got an assist in his first game of the year and the Q has been underway for some time and Keven Bouchard is posting his usual numbers.  


  1. John Marino 1GP, 0-3-3
Another 2015 draft pick off to a nice start. 


  1. D Ziyat Paigin 8GP, 0-1-1 (KHL) and 5GP, 1-2-3 (VHL)
  2. G Miroslav Svoboda 6GP, 4.09 .872 (Czech 2) 

Paigin is playing well in the VHL and was solid enough in the KHL early in the season to suggest he’ll play again later as required. Svoboda had a tough week. 

  • Reg Dunlop

    From a general fan’s point of view, how does one not like Nilsson? He might just out to be the perfect tandem mate for Talbot. As much as the Professor is/was liked here in River City, some faith was lost due to last years performances.

    Talbot/Nilsson…..sounds legit.

  • B_Oliver

    He had 25 saves according to the Oilers web site for the game against the wild. I’ll take that at face value, it was a roughly even affair overall, at the start the Oilers were Oilering but they came around after the McDavid line took over.

    I like how calm Nilsson has been in the crease from what I’ve seen, he doesn’t over commit too often and he lets his size do the work for him. And he’s huge which just helps things.

    I would love for him to become a regular every day NHL backup for the Oilers. Who knows what his ceiling is? He is only 25 years old and has the potential to get better.

    Plus, we got him for nothing essentially so for him to work out as an NHL goalie would be huge.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    nice to see some good numbers on a couple of mid round steals….Jones and Marino. if Stu and his boys had of been the ones suggesting picks, we would have had a puck and a bag of peanuts to show for those two picks!

    • pkam

      Wow, these players only played a couple of juniors games in their draft + 1 year, and they are already proved to be better than Yakimov, Slephyshev, Greg Chase, Kyle Platzer, Jujhar Khaira, Joey Laleggia, Tobias Rieder, Dillon Simpson?

  • Johnnydapunk

    I don’t remember the last time the Oil were 5-0 in preseason and I know it means little and not much can be read into it, but there is a feeling like they have everything in control and I’m not second guessing any of their moves or really anything. It’s all just feeling really weird.

    As for Nilsson, maybe it’s crazy to say, but the way he is playing, I don’t see how he may not be considered to not just be battling Scrivens but Talbot for the starting role. He came to camp prepared it seems and is playing in a controlled manner that Scrivens just doesn’t do.

    The Oil have some really hard choices to make between the pipes as Nilsson has been clearly the best of the three and maybe it will all go t*ts up when it’s for real, but in game time performance, he has been the camp shocker.

  • Oilers Coffey

    Nilsson was very good, I liked his calm disposition between the pipes. It seems to calm the defence, versus the erratic and terrible puck control that Scrivens showed last year.

    I think Scrivens can go to California to get his confidence back, not in the NHL.

  • 1979

    I don’t get how McDavid didn’t get an assist on that Slepyshev goal. Draisaitl passes to McDavid, McDavid back to Draisaitl, Draisaitl to Slep who one-times it for a goal. That means a second assist for McDavid no?

    Or is it the Klefbom goal that McDavid got an accidental assist on? I’m confused…

  • Canoe Ride 27.1

    Scrivens looks to have the same problems as last year, his down low game is poor and still lots of room on his corners, you think he would have worked on it over the summer, maybe he did and it was just a bad game, i still didn’t like what i saw and i was pulling for him.

  • Anton CP

    The fact our cut list can easily include the names of players like Slepyshev, Yakimov, Chase, Miller, Oesterle, Pitlick and Broissoit is an awesome place to be in as an Oiler fan.
    For the first time in years, the Oilers could be competitive at the NHL level and this will allow time for the later picks to properly develop and play on a competitive AHL team, especially the forwards.
    Perennially good organizations, the Detroit’s and Chicago’s, let their late picks on offense and defense ripen a while before graduating players that then slowly work their way up the depth chart.
    It appears the day’s are gone where fringe NHLer’s like Ryan Jones or young prospects like Pitilick or Lander are being put into positions in the line up they are over their head in, because of lacking organizational depth.
    Legitimate depth NHLer’s like Klinkhammer and a super prospect like Draisaitl are going to have trouble cracking this roster upfront and staying in the line up.
    It’s a nice place to be in after years in the wind.

    • bradleypi

      Prospects not rushed? Players having to earn their spot in the line-up?

      It will be nice when the Oilers don’t get praised for running the team competently. I suppose they will get there eventually.

  • Anton CP

    It is logical to put Scrivens on waiver since if anyone claim him that it is 2.3m off the book. It is also obvious that Chiarelli never intended to keep Scrivens around for long after he got Talbot, Nilsson, and Laurikainen.

    Even the Oiler’s net is jam-packed with goalies but the choices are much better from last year which filled with underachievers like Scrivens, Fasth, and Bachman.

    Draisaitl should make the roster, if not would only because that Chiarelli will deal Purcell away quickly. Lander-Draisaitl-Yakupov line looks good during pre-season.

    Some idiots (mostly from jealous Flames or Nucks fans) that saying the Oilers won’t have the cap space to sign McDavid once his entry expired. The truth is that by the time McDavid’s entry expired that only 31.7m are locked 3 years from now. Even extend McDavid with somewhere around 9~10m which will still be 42m locked. Even suggesting that cap room won’t change at all for the next 3 years that the Oilers will still have 30m to operate, and those will be using to build 3rd line and 4th line forwards, 2nd and 3rd defensive pairings, and goalies. Unless that Talbot or Nilsson start to play like Lundqvist for next year that they will still likely to only get paid in the range of no more than 4m anyway. The Oilers will only be in serious cap trouble by the year 2020, so still 5 years away and anything can happen during that 5 years. Cap trouble? What cap trouble?

  • bradleypi

    Two similar path , but different results with two players trying to crack lineup . Nurse and Slepyshev .

    Slepyshev has turned heads moving up and down the lineup – a depth forward that mixes well no matter the line , or situation so far . McLellan has high praise for him as does McDavid . If he continues to keep getting better each game then his chances of being on team will be high . Nurse on other hand has been stuck with AHL players in his debuts , and has not yet impressed as much as Anton has in comparison .

  • pkam

    D,Zharkov going to Condor’s camp for a shot with that team . That’s a surprise . His first camp here he said he would press Yakupov in scoring . Should prove interesting to see if he has improved over last couple of years . He is a big boy .