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POSTED ON Friday, 08.08.2014 / 1:10 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The seventh overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, Darnell Nurse, had an assist in Canada’s 6-3 win over Russia at summer development camp, while Curtis Lazar recorded a hat trick.

The talented Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) put Canada on the board first at 6:29 of the first period. Nurse recorded the assist on the shorthanded breakaway.

Nurse also recorded a head contact minor and a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the game.

Fellow Oilers prospect Greg Chase finished the game with two penalty minutes.

Russia tied the game at 1:16 of the second period courtesy of a Nikita Cherepanov power play goal but goals by Buffalo Sabres prospects Nick Baptiste and Sam Reinhart, along with a goal from Calgary’s Sam Bennett gave Canada a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Lazar scored his second of the game at 4:49 of the final frame to make it 5-2. Russia pulled within two at the 16:16 mark of the third period.

Lazar finished off his hat trick at 19:32 of the third period with his second shorthanded goal of the game.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.08.2014 / 5:57 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase both return to the lineup for Team Canada tonight as they take on Russia in the third of their four games at summer development camp.

Nurse will be paired with Haydn Fleury while Chase plays once again with Frederik Gauthier at centre. Jayce Hawryluk will be on the right side of that line.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.08.2014 / 6:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 11:09 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 7:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 6:53 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

RELATED: Watch the Game LIVE now | Schedule, Stats & Results at HockeyCanada.ca

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.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 6:48 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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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POSTED ON Friday, 01.08.2014 / 4:32 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Mitch Moroz is hoping to be completely healthy heading into the Edmonton Oilers training camp in September. Following a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup winning season, the Oilers 32nd overall selection in the 2012 draft was a little banged up.

Now Moroz is feeling much better and is getting closer to skating again.

“A lot of people didn’t know that I was pretty banged up by the end of playoffs,” Moroz told Bob Stauffer Friday on Oilers Now. “My knee was blown out and I had a separated shoulder. It took a few weeks to get mentally and physically rested then I was right into rehab and trying to get healthy enough to jump into an off-season program. I’m feeling a lot better now and I’m pretty much taking part in full workouts and I’m able to get a good six weeks in before camp.”

Moroz says he believes he will be ready to compete at the rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C. prior to main camp but the final decision rests with the Oilers.

“I’m confident in where I’m at and how it’s progressed so I don’t think that’s out of the question at all.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.08.2014 / 4:29 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

A second-round pick in 2012, Mitch Moroz has now turned his focus to beginning his professional career. Although he is on the mend from a couple of injuries sustained late last season, Moroz feels like he will be ready for training camp in September. Not only does Moroz feel he will be healthy but he also says his focus is on making the NHL roster out of camp.

“I’ve said it before. You want to go in and make the team you are trying out for and that would be the Oilers. Then it’s up to them to make a decision and I want to make it a hard one. It’s up to them at that point to put me wherever they see fit. That’s a long ways down the road but we’ll see,” Moroz said Friday on Oilers Now.

Moroz is coming off of a 63-point season (35-28-63) with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 31.07.2014 / 2:48 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In his new role in player personnel for the Edmonton Oilers, Kelly Buchberger was in Bakersfield this week to help introduce the Condors new head coach J.F. Houle.

“I think with any coach in any league, if he doesn’t have good leadership skills you are not going to have a winning team,” Buchberger said. “With J.F. and the time that we talked with him and the people we talked to about him he brings those qualities. He can bring it and pass it along to the players and the players can develop a lot quicker than we thought they would.”

Buchberger also talked about the importance of developing players now that the Condors are owned by the Oilers.

“That’s part of the ECHL and the AHL, to develop players for the next level. We want to make sure we send players down here and they are getting the right coaching from J.F. and whoever the assistant will be and the development guys from Edmonton that are coming down here. We feel that J.F. has the right skill to get the most out of the players and develop them as quick as possible so they can maybe raise to the next level. It doesn’t come over night and we know that. He’s willing to put the work in it to make the players better and make the team better.”

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