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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.
- Andrew Ference Interview
- Lakeside with Darnell Nurse
- Prospects take the Glacier Skywalk in Jasper
- RAW - Director of Player Development Rick Carriere
- RAW - Marco Roy
|Jordan Oesterle (photo from WMU)
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.”
- ORIENTATION CAMP | Day 4
- RAW - Todd Nelson
- RAW - Leon Draisaitl
- RAW - Aidan Muir
- RAW - Bogdan Yakimov
- ORIENTATION CAMP | Rocky Mountain High
- RAW - Dallas Eakins Interview
- RAW - Jujhar Khaira
- RAW - Greg Chase
- RAW - Mitch Moroz
- RAW - Laurent Brossoit
- Camp Day 2 - Dallas Eakins
- Camp Day 2 - Jujhar Khaira
- Camp Day 2 - Greg Chase
- Camp Day 2 - Mitch Moroz
- Camp Day 2 - Laurent Brossoit
The Oilers today announced jersey numbers for July 1 acquisitions Mark Fayne and Benoit Pouliot. They also announced that Nail Yakupov will be switching from number 64 to number 10. Teddy Purcell, acquired in a trade on June 29, will wear number 16. Pouliot will wear 67 and Fayne will wear 5.
Condors Press Release:
CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that Head Coach Troy Mann is leaving the team to accept the head coaching position in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hershey Bears. Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals.
Mann, 44, earns the promotion after a memorable lone season at the helm of the Condors, posting a 36-30-0-6 record and taking the team into the conference finals for the first time in team history. The Condors went 35-20-0-5 after Thanksgiving to overcome a poor start and post one of the best records in the league for the rest of the season.
The New Brunswick native returns to the AHL, this time as the head coach of the team with which he spent four campaigns, from 2009-13. Mann was an assistant coach with the Bears during that time, winning a Calder Cup in 2010 and helping the club post 180 victories in four seasons.
The 2013-14 Condors season was the first as a head coach for Mann since 2007-08, when he coached the Columbia Inferno. In each of his last two seasons as a head coach, he has guided his ECHL clubs into the third round of the playoffs. He was the first Condors head coach to have played for the team, having spent part of the 2000-01 season with the team.
What Troy says:
"Thank you to Jonathon Fleisig, the Edmonton Oilers, Matt Riley, John Olver and the entire Condors staff for providing me with the opportunity to work in Condorstown. It has been a pleasure to be a part of one of the premier organizations in the ECHL. It is bittersweet to depart, but this is an opportunity that I have been working towards my entire coaching career. I wish the organization nothing but the best moving forward."
What Matthew Riley says:
"Troy is on the fast track. He is a great coach and a great person. We wish we could have had him here longer of course, but we're grateful we could be a part of his journey, and in just one season he has had a tremendous impact on our organization. We wish him and Lori all the best.
"Moving forward," Riley continued, "with the Oilers at the helm, we feel very strongly that we will have a number of good candidates, and ultimately a terrific head coach."
Mann has departed for Pennsylvania and will be introduced formally as head coach of the Bears on Thursday. He will be available to Bakersfield media the week of July 14. Details on a press event that week will be announced at a later date.
Former Oklahoma City Barons captain Bryan Helmer was named as the assistant coach. You can read more here on the Hershey Bears website or here on the Bakersfield Condors site.