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POSTED ON Monday, 09.28.2015 / 10:26 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Bakersfield Condors training camp opens today at 11:15 a.m. MDT (10:15 a.m. Bakersfield time). The club announced its 33-man camp roster:

POSITION – CONTRACT

GOALTENDERS (3)
Laurent Brossoit (NHL – Edmonton)
Eetu Laurikainen (NHL – Edmonton)
Ty Rimmer (AHL – Bakersfield)

DEFENCE (9)
Ben Betker (NHL – Edmonton)
Tim Daly (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
Brad Hunt (NHL – Edmonton)
Joey LaLeggia (NHL – Edmonton)
Joe Marciano (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
David Musil (NHL – Edmonton)
Jordan Oesterle (NHL – Edmonton)
Nick Pageau (AHL – Bakersfield)
Charles-Olivier Roussel (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)

FORWARDS (21)
C Greg Chase (NHL – Edmonton)
C Josh Currie (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
LW Braden Christoffer (AHL – Bakersfield)
RW Matthew Ford (AHL – Bakersfield)
LW Ryan Hamilton (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Kale Kessy (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Jujhar Khaira (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Jonathan Lessard (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
C Alexis Loiseau (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Philip McRae (AHL – Bakersfield)
RW Andrew Miller (NHL – Edmonton)
C Michael Pelech (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
RW Tyler Pitlick (NHL – Edmonton)
RW Kyle Platzer (NHL – Edmonton)
RW Alexandre Ranger (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
C Connor Rankin (AHL – Bakersfield)
LW Marc-Olivier Roy (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Steven Whitney (ECHL – Norfolk // AHL tryout)
LW Josh Winquist (AHL – Bakersfield)
C Bogdan Yakimov (NHL – Edmonton)
LW Daniil Zharkov (AHL tryout)

NOTE: not all players on this roster have arrived to training camp, but will be doing so over the course of the next few days
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.28.2015 / 10:23 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Four Oilers players cleared waivers this morning: Brad Hunt, Andrew Miller, Ryan Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick. The four of them were sent down to AHL Bakersfield along with eight others on Saturday evening.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.28.2015 / 10:20 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

An interesting name on the Bakersfield Condors camp list is Daniil Zharkov. Zharkov was drafted in the third round by the Oilers, 91st overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Zharkov is attending the Condors camp on a pro-tryout basis.

Last season, he played with HK Sarov in Russia's VHL and had four goals and nine points in 39 games. He also played with the Nizhny Novgorod junior squad for four games, scoring one goal. The previous season he played in the KHL with Nizhny Novgorod and prior to that he played a pair of seasons with the Belleville Bulls.

He could be an interesting player to keep an eye on, having slipped off the radar of Oilers prospects the past several seasons.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.28.2015 / 9:57 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers prospect John Marino of the Tri-City Storm was selected as the CCM Defenceman of the Week in the USHL.

He had three assists in his first game -- the only game played in the week -- helping his squad to a 5-1 win over the Omaha Lancers. He assisted on two goals in the opening frame and then had another in third period.

It's Marino's first season in the USHL. He's slated to attend Harvard next season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.25.2015 / 10:13 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers first group is on the ice for morning skate at Rexall Place before flying to Winnipeg for tonight’s game against the Jets. This is not the roster that will be playing tonight, it will be a mix with Group B.

Group A is unchanged from Thursday, except no Talbot.

Group A Forwards:

Hall-McDavid-Draisaitl
Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
Korpikoski-Lander-Yakupov
Klinkhammer-Letestu-Hendricks
Gazdic-Miller-Slepyshev

Group A Defencemen:

Klefbom-Schultz
Sekera-Fayne
Ference Gryba
Nurse-Nikitin

Group A Goalies:

Scrivens
Nilsson

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 2:44 PM MT
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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 2:24 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Justin Schultz had a very solid game against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night at Rexall Place. The Oilers defenceman scored a goal, played with a bit of a physical edge and made good plays with the puck.

Perhaps Schultz’s progress on the ice is a clear indication that his work in the off-season is paying off. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says Schultz came into camp ahead of where he was last year from a fitness standpoint, but he’s also impressed with the cerebral side of the blueliner’s game.

“From Justin Schultz, in the six days we’ve been on the ice, he’s fit. His numbers are way up from where they were last year. Strong, and that doesn’t mean fit. He’s strong mentally, and confident,” said McLellan. “(He’s) been open, willing to learn and asking questions. He looked like he had good legs last night, and a little bit of a jump in his stride. (He’s) still learning how we want to play and learning some concepts. He’s got a dynamic skill set, that we’re starting to see. A lot of real positive things. He, like the rest of us and the coaching staff and the players, all still have to find our games and polish it up a little bit before the season starts.”

McLellan calls Schultz a “very important piece” of the team and likes his “dynamic offensive skills.” The head coach says he would like for Schultz to improve defensively, but he wants that from all his players. There is another thing Schultz can do more of, and that’s shoot the puck.

“He’s got a great shot,” said McLellan. “He should be shooting that puck a lot, and we expect him too. It will be in his hands a lot in the offensive zone. Shoot it, we’ll get it back.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 2:23 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers hit the road tomorrow after their morning skate for two road games in as many nights. They play the Jets in Winnipeg tomorrow and then Minnesota in Saskatoon on Saturday.

The Oilers will take with them the healthy players from both Group A and Group B when they travel. It will help the younger players experience life on the road in the NHL, and allow the coaching staff a chance to mix and match players for their game-night rosters. When the Oilers return, they’ll begin to cut down their camp roster.

“If you’re in A or B group, you’re going to make the trip,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “You’re going to continue to experience life in the NHL. You’re going to fly in a plane. You’re going to see what it’s like to play in Winnipeg, in that environment. Then you’re going to go to Saskatoon and you’re going to continue and be a part of the team and be in meetings. Then when we get back from Saskatoon you’re going to see our group get smaller.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 2:04 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Justin Schultz, first star of last night’s 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, may be raising the bar with his on-ice performance and it hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by his teammate Taylor Hall.

“He’s got an amazing skill set. He’s up there with guys that are winning the Norris Trophy and getting 70 points a year. He’s got that same skill set,” said Hall.

“He’s a guy that, I think we’re all just seeing this training camp, has taken a lot more initiative on the physical front… He’s standing up for his teammates and when a guy like that does it, it kind of forces you to raise your level to compete. It’s great to see.”

Even Oilers rookie Connor McDavid has admired Schultz’s playing style that he’s conveyed thus far in training camp.

“You could for sure see that he’s a guy that’s never out of the play. Even if the odd time he gets beat, he can get back right away,” said McDavid.

Hall believes that the improvement of play in his teammates, individually and as a whole, may have something to do with the hard-work ethic that fires them up during camp — whether in practice or game mode.

“I think we have a different makeup personnel-wise and I think we’re starting to come around on the traits we want to have as a team,” said Hall.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 1:43 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Thursday was another day on the ice and although the Oilers are still in training camp mode, they’ve gotten off to a good start in the pre-season with three wins in three games.

Throughout camp and the first trio of pre-season games, 2015 first-overall pick Connor McDavid has been taking in his surroundings and soon he’ll get to experience life on the road in the NHL. McDavid will travel with the Oilers to Winnipeg and Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday.

“Any time you get a chance to play on the road, it’s a little bit more uncomfortable than playing at home, it’s part of the league and I’ve got to get used to that as well,” said McDavid.

While he adapts and prepares for the new experiences that await him, he’s keeping his focus trained on the tasks at hand, finding a rhythm with his teammates during practice and learning under the direction of Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

“They’re certainly challenging— physically and mentally,” said McDavid.

“You’ve got to prepare yourself each and every day for practice. You’ve got to make sure your (focus is) into it, if you’re not you’re going to be looking pretty dumb.”

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