The Edmonton Oilers are in the middle of pre-season and most of the prospects are now playing games for their club teams in junior and Europe. Soon, AHL pre-season and the college year will have all the prospects in the system playing hockey. Here is a look at how things are going so far.
The Oilers and Kings have landed in Vernon, BC for a pre-season edition of Kraft Hockeyville. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s game day.
It’s another busy day on the waiver wire. We’ve got a little bit of everything today. Famous prospects, unknown late bloomers, gritty mid-career guys trying to make it as fourth liners, and even a few proven NHL’ers trying to sneak a few more games in on their way down the career curve.
There are been some good times for Nail Yakupov in Edmonton, but each fall brings the same questions. Does he have four years’ experience, or one year’s experience four times? Why does he have such a difficult time playing such a relatively easy position (defensively)? Can he make enough of a difference to play consistently…
The Oilers trimmed their training camp roster by six names on Saturday. Four players were assigned outright to the Bakersfield Condors to the AHL, while two others – David Musil and Taylor Beck – will need to clear waivers to be sent down.
With each passing day, we get closer to the start of the 2016-17 NHL season and hockey games with actual value in the standings. We also get closer to completed rosters, a fact which means the names on the waiver wire get more interesting by the day.