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POSTED ON Monday, 22.09.2014 / 5:29 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have returned forward Chris Baltisberger to Zurich of Switzerland's National League A. He was on a tryout with the team.

Baltisberger, 22, scored nine points (3-6-9) in 48 games for Zurich last season. This year, he already has two goals and three assists in three games.

Baltisberger recorded two shots on goal in Sunday night’s pre-season game against the Flames in Calgary.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 11:36 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth got the start in net on the road in Calgary for the split-squad pre-season game on Sunday night. As the horn sounded signalling the end of the first period, the Flames were outshooting the Oilers 14-1. However, the score remained 0-0 largely because of the play of Fasth.

Considering that this is one of a handful of pre-season games for Fasth and the Oilers, it was almost a good thing that the Flames tested Fasth early. It gave him an opportunity to find his rhythm after a summer away from game action.

“As long as you save them,” Fasth said of the heavy workload. “But unfortunately they got the win today. But I think we played better and better as long as the game went on. I think we have to take that with us to the next game. I think the PK played really good in front of me and blocked a lot of shots. We’ve got to take those positives with us to the next game.”

The Head Coach for the Oilers in this game was Todd Nelson and he was thoroughly impressed with the way Fasth handled 20 shots in 40 minutes of action. Nelson called Fasth’s performance “outstanding” and says it was good to see him get comfortable early.

“We’d like to play down quite a bit in their end too,” Nelson said. “There’s nothing like getting Viktor into the game early because Calgary came at us pretty hard. Viktor was good. He was controlled in net and if there were rebounds I felt our guys did a pretty good job of playing desperate there and clearing pucks. He’s definitely on his game right now and hopefully that continues.”

Fasth finished the game with 19 saves on 20 shots.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 2:02 PM
By Ashley Docking - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Since 1966 the Memorial Cup well has run dry for the Oil Kings and although they claimed three WHL titles in that span (1971, 1972, and 2012) they failed to bring home any other hardware. Then, last season hopes ran high after Ed Chynoweth’s Cup was brought back to Oil Country and a Memorial Cup title was square in the crosshairs. Comebacks, determination, and fight carried the Oil Kings to the finals where they were crowned the Memorial Cup Champions.

Fast-forward to last night and it was time for the fans to get in on the celebration, time for a duo of banners to be raised to the rafters at Rexall Place.

First, the arena went black and then through a red and blue fog emerged all of the players who will represent the Oil Kings this year. Minus of course the nine players that were attending pro camps over the weekend.

Photo by Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings

Then, alumni from 1950, 1963, and 1966 were brought out to centre ice to help welcome the WHL hardware carried by Reid Petryk and the Memorial Cup trophy hoisted by Mitch Moroz.

“It was cool, a pretty special night. It was a good way to cap off last season and for those guys to look ahead to this year and same with myself.”

Over 11,000 fans, a franchise record, watched as the banners were enshrined at the top of Rexall along with all the other reminders of what a historic hockey town Edmonton is.

“Definitely a cool night for the fans and it was a good experience.”

Next for Moroz a trip down to Calgary for the Oilers-Flames split-squad taking place tonight. He will be lined up with Jujhar Khaira and Chris Baltisberger and when speaking to our Chris Wescott about the game plan for tonight, said the following:

“Just keep it simple. I mean I’m playing with two bigger stronger guys. Were going to be asked to keep it simple and be disciplined on all areas on the ice and create some havoc down low.”

As for his personal performance:

“Just try to play a big game and be a presence."

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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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