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Edmonton Oilers' "Younger Stars" roster — thick on the wings, skinny in every single place else

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Edmonton Oilers have introduced their roster for the Younger Stars event scheduled for Penticon this upcoming weekend.

The 25-player group consists of 14 forwards, 8 defencemen and three goalies who will symbolize the Oil drop on Friday, Saturday and Monday towards their friends from the Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver organizations.

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No actual surprises, certainly this roster very strongly resembles the 29-man group that took to the ice for Oilers’ summer season growth camp ten weeks in the past, with no fewer than 20 frequent gamers. Lacking this time round are all these drafted gamers with NCAA commitments, together with C Matt Copponi, W Shane LaChance, C Joel Maatta and C Tomas Mazura, together with a few signed UFA’s who’ve “aged out” for rookie camp, D Noah Hoefenmayer and G Ryan Fanti.

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Which leaves a really younger and inexperienced assortment of gamers for the Penticton expertise, notably on the blueline which incorporates 4 gamers below the age of 20, and in objective the place all three hopefuls are simply 18 years of age. There are eleven youngsters on the squad together with a quartet of signed 20-year-olds whose subsequent skilled recreation will probably be their first.

This may not be fairly.

Let’s reorganize the roster offered by the Oilers into its true hierarchy, specifically contract standing. With that distinction made, we are going to comply with the workforce’s conference of alphabetical listings of forwards, then defencemen, then goalies.

Signed to NHL entry-level contract

The leaders of the squad will certainly be the eight gamers who’re already signed to an NHL contract, particularly that trio that performed within the AHL as rookies a season in the past. This group consists of most of the group’s prime younger gamers, lined intimately in our latest Cult of Hockey Oilers prospect rankings. We are going to hyperlink these posts for readers who may want to know extra a few given participant and preserve our commentary right here on the straight and slender. (Hey, 25 gamers is quite a bit!)

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  • W Xavier Bourgault — Would possibly as effectively begin with the group’s #1 prospect. That is his third rookie camp, with the opposite two every resulting in a pair of NHL exhibition video games. The likeliest to play NHL video games subsequent winter, he’ll be anticipated to guide this group on and off the ice.

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  •  W Jake Chiasson — Oilers’ #15 prospect enters his first professional season as an AHL/ECHL tweener, so deep is the group on the flanks.
  • W Matvei Petrov — Loads of buzz surrounding the flashy winger, not least right here at CoH the place we ranked him the #3 prospect. Don’t be shocked if he makes some noise (as in objective horns) in Penticton.
  • W Carter Savoie — Former AJHL and NCAA scoring star had a forgettable first professional season that also left him because the #7 prospect. No time like the current to place that within the rear view.
  • W Ty Tullio — Edmonton’s #5 prospect is sneaky good and has far outplayed his draft quantity (#126 in 2020). He needs to be a participant to look at in Penticton and past.
  • D Max Wanner — One other poster boy for the departed Tyler Wright’s cadre of promising late-round picks, Wanner has left his personal draft variety of #216 within the mud. The seventh-round decide signed an ELC with the membership on the finish of final season’s rookie camp, and with a powerful last season in junior soared to the #4 prospect place.

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Acquired by different means

  • C Carl Berglund — The oldest of the signed gamers at 23, totally two years older than the subsequent (Savoie), that is doubtless the participant about which we all know the least. Undrafted, he performed 4 years of NCAA puck and was signed by the Oilers upon commencement. We had him ranked because the #21 prospect
  • C Jayden Grubbe — One other newcomer to the ranks, he was acquired for a #152 decide in 2023, having himself been chosen at #65 in 2021 earlier than going unsigned by the Rangers. The 6’3, 195-pound right-shot pivot with a rep for defensive play and management debuted because the #8 prospect.

Drafted and unsigned

  • D Beau Akey — The one remaining Oilers draft decide who was taken within the prime 150 of both of the 2022 or ’23 drafts, the #56 decide from this yr is famend for his four-way skating chops. Already ranked because the Oilers’ #9 prospect, he faces two extra years of junior earlier than actually getting into the dialog. Good offensive numbers as a 17-year-old.
  • G Nathan Day is a sixth spherical cube roll whose OHL percentages of three.91 and .874 recommend there’s a protracted growth curve forward. That stated, highly-polished 17-year-old goalies don’t are likely to final into the sixth spherical. This one begins his journey because the group’s #24 prospect.

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Signed to minor-league contract

  • W Ethan De Jong — Turning professional after 5 years within the NCAA. he’s already 24 however with a nicely-developed set of abilities. He was essentially the most spectacular of the Dev Camp invitations to my eyes. His maturity ought to serve him effectively in Penticton.
  • W Cameron Wright — Now 25, the NCAA grad had a stable exhibiting within the ECHL final season, the place as a rookie he scored a degree per recreation with 136 PiM.
  • D Xavier Bernard — After enjoying on two completely different groups 4 seasons in a row, the massive (6’4, 200) left shot defender lined up for three squads a yr in the past. That included 12 video games with Bakersfield after being acquired in commerce for fringe prospect Graham McPhee. He’ll be in robust this yr towards Bako’s coterie of skilled LD.
  • D Noah Gansky — After enjoying two seasons within the new-to-me Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Convention, he signed with Oilers’ ECHL affiliate Fort Wayne Komets late final season, then was re-upped by the Komets for ’23-24. Depth professional.
  • D Jake Johnson — 25-year-old d-man wrapped up his NCAA profession final season earlier than ending the season with in Fort Wayne. That’s his likeliest vacation spot this season as effectively.

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Unsigned camp invitations

Returnees from Dev Camp

  • W Preston Lounsbury — Scored 0.5 factors per recreation within the Q at age 17. At 165 kilos he’s apt to seek out his first camp in a professional setting to be heavy going.
  • C  Jake Sloan — Undrafted in his first two years of eligibility, the 19-year previous is already a big man at 6’4, 215 kilos. The precise-shot centre scored 55 factors in 58 video games within the Dub final season. Sight unseen, I’m wondering about his boots.
  • W Brady Stonehouse — Stocky winger pounded house 37 objectives in his 18-year-old season within the OHL.
  • W Antonin Verreault — His standout numbers to my eyes are his important statistics: 5’8, 160 kilos. Scored about 0.8 P/GP the final two years within the Q, a depth scorer on a really deep workforce.
  • D Nate Misskey — Massive (6’3, 202) right-shot D had a decent first marketing campaign on a poor Victoria Royals squad. Yet one more 18-year-old at his first professional camp, he’ll be in robust to maintain his head above water.
  • D Josh Van Mulligen — Posted a stable +16 regardless of minimal offence with a so-so Drugs Hat Tigers membership. The 6’2, 198-lb. RD is the youngest participant at camp at simply 18 years, 1 month.
  • D Noah Van Vliet — 6’2, 218 pound d-man has already been a Rhino, a Bulldog, and a Husky in his budding profession. Now handed over twice within the NHL draft, nothing in his numbers means that was a selected oversight.
  • G Zachary Bowen — 18-year-old posted a powerful 17-4-0 file as a backup in London.

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  • C Ture Linden — 25-year-old simply graduated from the faculty ranks the place he was a good-not-great scorer. Not more likely to be confused together with his namesake Trevor Linden anytime quickly.
  • G Joey Rocha — Posted respectable numbers of 8-5-1, 2.85, .906 in 18 video games as a backup in Swift Present a yr in the past. Simply 18, he’s certainly headed again there.

The entire teenaged invitations have already slid by at the least one NHL draft, that means that in concept the Oilers have the choice to signal any participant who impresses them to an NHL-class contract. Whereas there are occasional such breakthroughs like Martin Jones, who signed an NHL take care of Los Angeles as an undrafted 18-year-old and later carved out a big NHL profession, such success tales are few and much between.

However hey, there’s all the time hope. Particularly in September.

Oilers conform to PTO with Adam Erne

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On Tuesday the Oilers additionally introduced that veteran ahead Adam Erne could be coming to essential camp on knowledgeable tryout. The 28-year-old has important NHL pedigree, enjoying 355 big-league video games with Tampa Bay and Detroit, averaging 12:21 TOI per recreation and Sep 11-20 per 82 GP. He performs an aggressive fashion, averaging over 2 hits per recreation over the course of his profession, although his underlying numbers have been on the decline for some time.

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We’ll dig deeper into Erne and his fellow PTO’s in a future put up.

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