Boy, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these. I should’ve paid more attention to the rest of the preaseason.
Fresh off a win against Carolina in Saskatoon on Wednesday, the Oilers look to close out the preseason with a win against the Canucks in Vancouver.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Oilers made four more training camp cuts, sending
Kris Patrick Russell and Nick Ellis down to Bakersfield, while Dillon Simpson and Ty Rattie were waived for the purpose of assignment and have also found themselves with the Condors.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of this preseason has been Kailer Yamamoto. After an average rookie camp, the Oilers 2017 first round pick has impressed everyone, from fans to coaching staff to teammates and looks like a lock to be on the roster for at least the first handful of games this season.
Keys to the Game
- Honestly, they just need to play their game and not let Vancouver dictate play. the Oilers have shown that when they’re on, they’re REALLY on.
- Try to get the Oilers off their game early and not let them get back in it. It’s clear that Vancouver is going through a rebuild (something with which Oiler fans are not unfamiliar), and that they’ll be in over their heads against the Oilers in this matchup.
Players to Watch
- Kailer Yamamoto has been a revelation. He might be small, but he’s got a skill set that seems to fit right in with the kind of team the Oilers are aspiring to be. What remains to be seen is whether or not he can stick with the team past the 9 game window, or if he’s going to spend the year in the WHL.
- Anton Slepyshev makes his preseason debut tonight; hopefully this will answer some questions about his ankle’s readiness for the season.
- Does Vancouver have real NHL players? Or are they in tank mode already?
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Kailer Yamamoto
Drake Caggiula – Ryan Strome – Jussi Jokinen
Jujhar Khaira – Mark Letestu – Anton Slepyshev
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Kris Russell – Matt Benning
Darnell Nurse – Eric Gryba
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Thomas Vanek
Loui Eriksson – Markus Granlund – Brock Boeser
Sam Gagner – Alex Burmistrov – Jake Virtanen
Darren Archibald – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Alex Edler – Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton – Erik Gudbranson
Pat Wiercioch – Alex Biega
It’s just the preseason. The Oilers are in a good place, but let’s not plan the parade just yet.