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.
"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."
"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."
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.
Fasth (blue) vs Scrivens (white)
Blue shots - 10
White shots - 6
BLUE - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 16:55
BLUE - Kellen Jones 23:25
11:15 - tripping - Tkachev (white)
14:55 - interference - purcell (white)
Rimmer/Bouchard(blue) vs Brossoit (white)
Blue shots - 9
White shots - 9
BLUE - Krushelnyski (Holmberg) 16:00 - wired puck top corner from the slot
WHITE - Hamilton 24:40
WHTE - Ference (Lander, Pakarinen) 26:42
11:45 - hooking - Gernat (blue)
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
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.
The Oilers have begun the on-ice portion of training camp. The camp is divided into three on-ice sessions with three separate groups. "Team Gretzky" is on the ice now:
K. Jones-C. Jones-Ford
Oilers rookies reported to Rexall Place for fitness testing as Rookie Camp got underway in Edmonton prior to the team's departure for Penticton and the Young Stars Tournament. Edmontonoilers.com and Oilers TV were there to provide the coverage:VIDEO:
Oilers captain Andrew Ference and head coach Dallas Eakins will be taking part in the Sprint Relay prior to Sunday's ITU Trathlon Grand Finale event at Hawrelak Park.
"I've seen the preparation that they do and they're outstanding athletes," Ference remarked. "I have a lot of respect."
Ference and Eakins will team up with Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield to form their team for the event. Ference will bike 20 kilometres, Eakins will run five kilometres and Whitfield will swim 750 metres.
"I called bike right away. I'll be doing the course. I definitely didn't want to swim. Simon's going to be by far the fastest doing that. Dallas was the last to email back so he got stuck with the run," Ference chuckled.
Edmontonoilers.com will provide coverage of Sunday morning's event with a report back on how Ference, Eakins and Whitfield did.
The Oilers announced today that they will be concluding Rookie Camp with a game against the U of A Golden Bears. It will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Clare Drake Arena Click here for more details.