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INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 11:35 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are dressing a more seasoned lineup for the game against Calgary at Rexall Place but it's still a youthful set to kick off the pre-season.

FORWARDS

4 Hall
15 Westgarth
39 Yakimov
41 Acton
42 Roy
55 Draisaitl
57 Perron
64 Tkachev
67 Pouliot
71 Platzer
72 Chase
93 Nugent-Hopkins

DEFENCE

19 Schultz
21 Ference
22 Aulie
59 Hunt
74 Nurse
84 Klefbom

GOALTENDERS

30 Scrivens
32 Bachman

PROJECTED LINES

Hall-RNH-Chase
Pouliot-Draisaitl-Perron
Roy-Acton-Platzer
Tkachev-Yakimov-Westgarth

Nurse-Schultz
Ference-Hunt
Aulie-Klefbom

Scrivens
Bachman
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POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 10:35 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers group which will be travelling to Calgary is currently at Rexall Place skating. The lines the team is going with are:

Yakupov-Arcobello-Purcell
Pakarinen-Lander-Pinizzotto
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Moroz-Khaira-Baltisberger

Nikitin-Fayne
Marincin-Simpson
Oesterle-Musil

The goaltenders on the ice are Fasth and Brossoit. A starter has not been confirmed.

UPDATE: Fasth is the first goaltender off the ice for the group, making him the likely starter.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:07 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Coach Eakins talked about who impressed him on the second on-ice day at training camp.

"We liked Nuge today," he said. "I thought Nuge had a really good day out there. (He was) competing. For me, the best player on the ice."

Eakins also thought that a handful of the off-season acquisitions did well today.

"Nikitin and Fayne were a good pair. We'll keep an eye and see how that goes."

"The one thing we spoke to Anton about last year at the end of the season (is offence). He's shown that he can put up points and make plays at the American Hockey League level. Today, he was making those plays. He stepped out of his comfort zone here. That's hard to do as a player and I thought that was real encouraging."

Lander helped set up a goal by Andrew Ference late in the scrimmage by making a nice play deep in the attacking zone.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media following the scrimmage on Saturday. He updated on the status of Jeff Petry and Matt Hendricks.

"Injury-wise, Petry came in no worse so that's always a good sign with those shoulders. Usually if it's something bad, the next day is not so good," Eakins began. "That's encouraging on him.

"Other notes, Hendricks is fine. I just saw him and he took a shot a little too close to that spot where men like to protect with their lives. So he's alright."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 3:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

David Perron has been skating at camp with Benoit Pouliot and Leon Draisaitl. The winger talked about clicking early with the duo.

"It was surprising in a way. Ben is a really fast player. I didn't think he had that great of a shot but it's pretty amazing. From the top circle he's a threat to score," Perron began. "Leon put me in a few situations where I was surprised how much time I had. It was good to see his playmaking skills."

"I think his pace is going to improve as we go along, too. He'll get to know what the speed is and he's a player that seems to be adjusting to whatever level he needs to."

Perron talked about expectations for the German pivot.

"He's a player, no matter what's required of him he's going to learn. The best favour you guys could do for him is not put too much pressure on him. (He's not going to) come in and be a saviour. He'll be a regular player and play with hard work and passion every night. The points are going to come."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 1:41 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Team Blue defeated Team White 3-2 in a scrimmage at Rexall Place on Saturday. The game was played in two 30-minute halves of running time.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring nearly 17 minutes in, banging the puck in past Ben Scrivens on a scramble in front of the goalmouth. Seven minutes later, Kellen Jones took advantage of a loose puck travelling across the crease and neatly backhanded it inside the right post.

In the second half, Blue increased its lead to 3-0 after Alex Krushelnyski wired a shot top corner from the high slot.

White made it interesting with late goals by Curtis Hamilton and Andrew Ference but it wasn't enough.

TEAM BLUE

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
K.Jones-C.Jones-Westgarth
Krushelnyski-Ewanyk-Holmberg

Nikitin-Fayne
Aulie-Klefbom
Hunt-Gernat

Fasth
Rimmer

TEAM WHITE

Yakupov-Arcobello-Purcell
Pakarinen-Lander-Pinnizzotto
Houck-Williams-Tkachev
C.Hamilton-Platzer-Miller

Ference-Simpson
Musil-Rowley
Oesterle-Ludwig

Scrivens
Bouchard

1ST HALF

Fasth (blue) vs Scrivens (white)

Blue shots - 10
White shots - 6

Scoring:

BLUE - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 16:55
BLUE - Kellen Jones 23:25

Penalties:

11:15 - tripping - Tkachev (white)
14:55 - interference - purcell (white)

2ND HALF

Rimmer/Bouchard(blue) vs Brossoit (white)

Blue shots - 9
White shots - 9

Scoring:

BLUE - Krushelnyski (Holmberg) 16:00 - wired puck top corner from the slot
WHITE - Hamilton 24:40
WHTE - Ference (Lander, Pakarinen) 26:42

Penalties:

11:45 - hooking - Gernat (blue)
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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 10:47 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The first group is on the ice for the Oilers on the third day of training camp and second day on ice at Rexall Place.

Lines, defence pairings and goaltenders:

Pouliot - Draisaitl - Perron
Roy - Acton - Pitlick
Kessy - Yakimov - Chase
Moroz - Khaira - Baltisberger
Gazdic - R.Hamilton - Ford

Marincin - Schultz
Nurse - Boland
Craig - Betker

Bachman
Tuohimaa
Bunz

Connor Boland is skating on defence in place of the injured Jeff Petry.

The second and third groups will hit the ice for a scrimmage at 11:10 a.m.
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POSTED ON Friday, 19.09.2014 / 5:08 PM
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POSTED ON Friday, 19.09.2014 / 5:07 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The third-overall pick in the draft has been looking forward to his first training camp on-ice session for months. Leon Draisaitl centred a line with David Perron and Benoit Pouliot during the scrimmage today.

“It felt really good actually,” Draisaitl said. I felt really good out there. Obviously, my two linemates helped me a lot out there. They’re established NHL players, they’re both really skilled guys and I think we had a little bit of chemistry already and I felt pretty good out there.”

The talented 18-year-old has already drawn compliments from one of those linemates.

“He’s looking good, he’s slick,” Pouliot said. “He’s a big centreman and in this league you need big centres. I think he can do the job. The way he played today, he’s only 18. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the guy, just let him play. Today was exactly that, he put a lot of pressure on their D and he played very well. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and he’ll be perfect, he’ll be fine.”

Pouliot and Perron both scored goals in the scrimmage.

Draisaitl’s playmaking ability was something his head coach noticed during the brief time on ice today.

“He can distribute the puck,” Dallas Eakins said. “He can make a play on his forehand and his backhand. He showed some spurts that he does have some speed. I think the one thing that you find all the time, especially with guys coming out of junior and they’ve been key guys on their team, their pace usually isn’t where you want it. The pace is there but they aren’t playing at the highest pace because they played so many minutes and they have to find places to rest on the ice. There’s room for improvement there but he shows he can do it. He can certainly move the puck, distribute it and he certainly didn’t look out of place out there.”

Eakins was also pleased with the little bit of chemistry that line was already displaying.

“They all came as advertised. David Perron loves hockey. He’s one of those guys that I’m sure is out in the street playing with kids. Leon can obviously make plays and Pouliot showed us a lot of why we wanted to sign him, and we’re so fortunate to have him. He was constantly on the puck. That’s a great lesson, those three right there. Watching them from up top you can hear them talking and communicating the whole time. When you’re doing that on the ice it helps focus the other player and he knows where you’re at and it shows your teammates that you’re ready to play. Those three were all yapping out there to each other and it was good that Leon brushed up on his French.”

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