Both of the Oilers prospects participating at Canada's World Junior Summer Camp will not be in the lineup tonight as Canada takes on Russia (5:00 p.m. MDT).
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Canada plays again Thursday and Friday. It's expected Nurse and Chase will play in at least one and potentially both of those contests.
Canada's lineup versus Russia tonight in Sherbrooke pic.twitter.com/0l8l3P8Rkl— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) August 6, 2014
In Canada's first exhibition game at Summer Development Camp, Greg Chase impressed with a pair of assists in Canada's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic. Chase also had two penalty minutes. The other Oilers prospect at the camp, defenceman Darnell Nurse, had two PIM as well.
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Oil Kings centre Curtis Lazar scored for Canada along with Nick Paul, Fredrik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair and Haydn Fleury. Chase assisted on Canada's fourth and fifth goals, by Paul and Fleury respectively.
Canada plays three more games this week: Wednesday versus Russia, Thursday versus Russia and Friday against the Czech Republic.
Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase are playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Development Camp in Montreal. All four of Canada's games can be seen live on HockeyCanada.ca.
Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's contest, which began at 5:00 p.m. MDT.
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Canada's World Junior camp kicks off today with an exhibition game against the Czech Republic.
Two Oilers prospects are vying for a spot on Canada's roster: Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase. Canada is scheduled to play four games this week and Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's opener.
Nurse is on the second pairing with Roland McKeown, L.A.'s 50th-overall pick from this past draft. Chase is on the fourth line with Nick Paul and Frederik Gauthier.
Canada plays again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week with games against Russia, Russia and Czech Republic respectively.
Team Canada's lineup for tonight's game vs. Czech Republic. pic.twitter.com/0vJGlUYak9— Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) August 5, 2014
Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar will wear the number 26 now internationally in honour of former teammate (with the Oil Kings) and Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss, who passed away last year.
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- Lakeside with Darnell Nurse
- Prospects take the Glacier Skywalk in Jasper
- RAW - Director of Player Development Rick Carriere
- RAW - Marco Roy
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JASPER, AB - Oilers Director of Player Development Rick Carriere talked about this year's Orientation Camp in Jasper and how it differs from past years when it would be held in Sherwood Park.
“When you walk around our accommodations at the Pine Bungalows here and you talk to the players and how much energy and enthusiasm they have in the evenings, it’s different from last year,” Carriere said. “Our focus before was to try and get as much as we could into seven days. Sometimes, I think that really took away from the excitement and enthusiasm after they got a little bit tired. So now, they’re fresh, they’re excited, they’re working hard. That’s exactly what we wanted.”
The end goal for Carriere and the Oilers is to create a competitive environment here at Orientation Camp, but also at Rookie Camp in Penticton in September and ultimately at main Oilers Training Camp.
“With the right amount of patience, our guys have the attitude, work ethic and compete to make it more competitive to make the Oilers one day for everybody. We’re trying to create that pressure from underneath.
“We want guys battling for jobs. Our goal and focus is to create that in our prospects.”
Carriere talked about the progress he has seen already from a handful of key prospects.
“Just from what I’ve seen from some of the guys at the end of the year in Oklahoma City to what I see now. Darnell Nurse, Jujhar Khaira, Greg Chase. Jordan Oesterle has been a really pleasant surprise. They bring a lot to the mix and they’re going to make it really competitive for some of these guys.”
“I had a tough start, in the beginning,” he began. “I grew up as a player, too. I had a chance to work on my strength, put some weight on and get ready for the next season.”
Roy was injured at the start of the season and again later in the year, limiting him to only 39 games played. He had 14 goals and 35 points during that span.
“My first time I was injured during a season. It was hard, I’ll say but it’s in the past right now so I’ll look forward for my future.”
Roy did bounce back to play 20 games in the postseason as his Blainville squad made it to the third round of the playoffs. He had four goals and 12 points in those contests. This upcoming season he will go even deeper into the postseason guaranteed after being dealt to the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
This being Roy's second camp now with the Oilers, he feels a lot more comfortable in his surroundings having known a lot of the players. He also has a roommate who speaks his language in Oilers 2014 7th rounder, goaltender Keven Bouchard.
“It really helped me. Last year I was really nervous. You don’t know the people and my English was not that good. I’m rooming with (Keven Bouchard) so I can talk French at the end of the day. It’s nice for that.”
The 6'1" 182 pound centre added that he has really enjoyed the Jasper setting this time around as well.
“It’s a beautiful place. Last year was harder. Right now, it’s more fun. We like each other and tonight we go camping so it’s going to be nice,” Roy continued. “The golf was really nice yesterday. We saw bears and deer. It’s beautiful.”
JASPER, AB - Oilers prospect Aidan Muir, drafted in the fourth round, 113th overall in last year's NHL Draft, is coming off an incredible season for his Indiana Ice USHL squad.
“We had an amazing time. Right off the bat, we were a little sketchy, started off 0-3-1 and then we got it together. I think it was mostly due to our coaching. Our players were really resilient. Didn’t take no for an answer.”
The Ice certainly did not take no for an answer, going all the way to the league championship, taking the Clark Cup three games to two over Waterloo.
Muir also felt that he made personal strides in the season, scoring 14 goals and adding 41 points in 54 games.
“I learned a lot about how to use my body, optimize my stride, stick handling abilities,” he said, adding that there are still things he can improve upon. “All aspects of my game need to be faster. Skating, stride needs to be longer, harder shot, stuff like that.”
This upcoming season, Muir will be attending the University of Western Michigan. He expanded on the reasons why he decided to go there after being heavily recruited by a number of colleges.
“I visited and it was amazing. Great dorm. The coaching, Andy Murray, he’s one of the reasons I’m here today and hopefully he can help me get to the next level.”
The 6'4" 200 pound winger is up for the next challenge in his hockey career, particularly under the guidance of Murray, who recommended Muir to the Oilers as he alluded to.
“Older teammates, older people. It’s going to be tough but I’m ready for it.”
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