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Edmonton Oilers forwards Tyler Benson, Ryan McLeod off to hot starts in Switzerland

Over in Switzerland, the Edmonton Oilers have three players playing for various clubs: Tyler Benson, Ryan McLeod and Gaetan Haas, so let’s check in on how they’re doing.

Most notably, Tyler Benson has been off to a hot start. He’s playing for the GC Küsnacht Lions in the Swiss League, the nation’s second league.

In seven games this season, he’s jumped out with one goal and six assists. I tried to look around for any other updates on his game beyond the boxcars, but the Swiss League doesn’t seem to get much coverage. With that being said, the offensive production is great to see.

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Ryan McLeod was loaned to EV Zug in the National League, the top tier league in Switzerland. There, he’s scored three goals and as many assists in 10 games this season. It’s a solid start for the Oilers prospect who just had wrapped up his first pro hockey campaign last year with the Bakersfield Condors.

Interestingly enough, Postmedia’s Jim Matheson did an interview with former Oilers jack-of-all-trades Craig MacTavish last week about McLeod. MacTavish is currently coaching Lausanne in the NL, who recently played against McLeod and Zug. Here’s an excerpt from Matheson’s piece:

“I talked to Ryan after the game and he told me he was really enjoying it and his family was over there,” said MacTavish. “He’s getting a really good experience; it’s a strong team and he’s on their second power play. His coach Dan Tangnes is giving Ryan a really good opportunity.

“Good coach. I’ve met him before. He’s a friend of Dallas Eakins and Jay Woodcroft and I met him on a couple of scouting trips in the past when he was coaching in Sweden.”

MacTavish thinks McLeod, who has six points in 10 Zug games, will be an NHL player.

“He’s just got to figure out what he has to do to put all of it together and he will. It’s maybe a belief thing for him, he’s got all the tools,” he said.

Lastly, Haas has had a solid start to his season playing for his old NL club, SC Bern. In 10 games so far this year, he’s scored three goals and two assists. Not a bad start to the year for any of these three.

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