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Oilers Prospect Update: Bouchard officially to the WJC and three others

As we head into the holiday break for most, players are not playing much or are in their respective WJC camps.

Oilers prospects in WJC contention (pending possible cuts):

?? Evan Bouchard – Canada

?? Philip Kemp – USA

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?? Dmitri Samorukov – Russia

?? Ostap Safin – Czech Republic

There was an offensive power outage for the Condors this week and Dylan Wells came up and shut it down in his one game.

Some news from the big club surrounding the injuries to both Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell:

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Caleb Jones up to the bigs – Jones was called up and played his first ever NHL game on Friday night.

Marody sent down in a defensive shuffle – what a difference a week makes on the team. The two major defensive injuries shifted the team that was looking to find some bottom depth in the farm system, to now looking for some D men that can log time in 77 and 4’s absence.

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  • C Joseph Gambardella 23gp, 10-8-18 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 4gp, 2-2-4 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 7gp, 1-3-4 (did not play this week) INJURED
  • C Tyler Vesel 20gp, 1-6-7 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 18gp, 3-3-6 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 4gp, 0-1-1 (in the ECHL this week)
  • R Mitch Callahan 17gp, 3-1-4 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 23gp, 3-13-16 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Brad Malone 33gp, 5-10-15 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Josh Currie 23gp, 7-5-12 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)

  • C Cooper Marody 13gp, 5-11-16 (2gp, 1-1-2 this week) RETURNED TO THE AHL
  • C Cameron Hebig 23gp, 9-6-15 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 21gp, 4-1-5 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R David Gust 19gp, 4-5-9 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R John McFarland 2gp, 0-0-0 (in the ECHL this week)
  • C Luke Esposito 20gp, 1-3-4 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 16gp, 5-8-13 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Valentin Zykov 6gp, 2-0-2 with Charlotte Checkers (in the NHL this week)
  • LD Kevin Gravel 5gp, 0-1-1 (In the NHL this week)
  • LD Caleb Jones 21gp, 2-10-12 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week) CALLED UP TO THE NHL
  • LD Keegan Lowe 23gp, 0-1-1 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 21gp, 2-3-5 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Logan Day 21gp, 3-9-12 (2gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 18gp, 0-7-7 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD William Lagesson 22gp, 3-5-8 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Jeremy Beaudry 1gp, 0-0-0 (released from PTO)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 0gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 6gp, 0-1-1 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Al Montoya 11gp, 3.09 .879 (did not play this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 2gp, 3.04, .880 (in the ECHL this week)
  • G Shane Starrett 11gp, 2.90 .902 (2 games, 4-3 SOW with 35 saves and 4-0 L with 18 saves)

  • G Dylan Wells 2gp, 2.50 .914 (1 game, 1-0 W with 27 saves)


  • C Colin Larkin 13gp, 0-5-5 (did not play this week) Injury?
  • R Ryan Van Stralen 16gp, 1-3-4 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R John McFarland 10gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 17gp, 2-3-5 (3gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 23gp, 1-8-9 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin 11gp, 0-2-2 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 2gp, 0-1-1 (in the AHL this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 16gp, 2.99 .913 (3 games, 2-0 W with 30 saves, 5-2 L with 34 saves, and 5-4 SOL with 24 saves)
  • G Dylan Wells 11gp, 2.92 .913 (did not play this week) CALLED UP TO THE AHL
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 1.99 .963 (in the AHL this week)
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  • C Bogdan Yakimov 4gp, 0-0-0 for Avangard Omsk and 27gp, 1-2-3 for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 32gp, 11-19-30 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) (3gp, 3-1-4 this week)
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 34gp, 8-4-12 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 23gp, 0-3-3 for HPK (Liiga) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Filip Berglund 24gp, 2-6-8 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL) (did not play this week)
  • RD Joel Persson 24gp, 3-12-15 for Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL) (did not play this week)


  • C Ryan McLeod 28gp, 10-22-32 for Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) (3gp, 2-1-3 this week)
  • C Ostap Safin 10gp, 2-7-9 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (did not play this week) Injured
  • L Kirill Maksimov 29gp, 20-20-40 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) (3gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 30gp, 2-15-17 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • RD Evan Bouchard 13gp, 5-13-18 for London Knights (OHL) (did not play this week) WJC Selection Camp
  • G Olivier Rodrigue 26gp, 2.46 .901 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (3 games, 6-4 W with 25 saves, 7-1 W with 15 saves, and 6-4 W with 30 saves)


  • L Graham McPhee 14gp, 1-2-3 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Joey Dudek 14gp, 1-0-1 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Aapeli Rasanen 12gp, 0-2-2 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 34gp, 9-17-26 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • LD Matthew Cairns 11gp, 1-2-3 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD John Marino 11gp, 0-2-2 for Harvard (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD Michael Kesselring 27gp, 2-9-11 for Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Vincent Desharnais 16gp, 1-4-5 for Providence (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 12gp, 1-2-3 for Yale (NCAA) (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • G Hayden Hawkey 15gp, 1.86 .916 for Providence (NCAA) (did not play this week)
Darnell Nurse is apparently seeking $8 million annually on his next contract

Source: EliteProspects, Verified Twitter Account, 12/15/2018 – 12:00 am MST

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  • OriginalPouzar

    Samorukov is a lock for Team Russia – he was on last year’s team, improved as the team went on and was one of their better d-men by the end of the tournament. He also was great at the CHL/Russia Super Series last month.

    He’s been on a huge offensive heater for Guelph recently with apx 10 points in his last 6 games (rough numbers).

    He might be wearing a letter for Team Russia.