Game 1 of the series goes in Saskatoon on Monday, November 10 and Game 2 Tuesday, November 11 in Brandon. Chase is expected to be in the lineup for both of those games. Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings was also named as one of the goaltenders for Team WHL.
Team WHL roster for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series:
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans / Edmonton, AB)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings / Delta, BC)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets / Winnipeg, MB)
Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels / Carlyle, SK)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos / Calgary, AB)
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals / Kamloops, BC)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders / Calgary, AB)
Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen / Elkhorn, MB)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds / Aldergrove, BC)
Tyson Baillie (Kelowna Rockets / Fort Saskatchewan, AB)
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels / High River, AB)
Greg Chase (Calgary Hitmen / Sherwood Park, AB)
Jaedon Descheneau (Kootenay Ice / Edmonton, AB)
Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings / Roblin, MB)
Morgan Klimchuck (Regina Pats / Calgary, AB)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks / Delta, BC)
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors / Calgary, AB)
John Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings / Edmonton, AB)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen / Abbotsford, BC)
(Please note: Roster is subject to change and two additional players will be added to Team WHL prior to the event)
The schedule for the entire 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC
The Oilers have recalled Richard Bachman and Steve Pinizzotto from the Oklahoma City Barons.
Bachman has appeared in one game for Oklahoma City this season, making 27 saves in a 3-2 OT loss. Pinizzotto has one assist in one game.
The Oilers have recalled centre Bogdan Yakimov, 20, from the Oklahoma City Barons. The third-round pick in 2013, has played one AHL game this season.
He spent last year with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in the KHL, playing 33 games and scoring 12 points (7-5-12). Yakimov had an impressive pre-season with the Oilers, scoring two points (1-1-2) in five games. He also recorded two goals and an assist in two games with the Oilers Rookies at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton.
He scored a goal against the University of Alberta Golden Bears for the Rookies as well.
The Oilers have assigned defenceman Oscar Klefbom to Oklahoma City.
The Oilers are not ready to commit on when Darnell Nurse will make his NHL debut, or if/when Klefbom will enter the lineup as well.
“We’ll wait as long as we have to,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s extremely easy to say, ‘put this guy in.’ I think it’s extremely hard to say, ‘take this guy out.’ It’s something that I don’t take lightly. I like to think about it and I’m not there yet with an answer for you.”
The Oilers take on Los Angeles tomorrow.
“The three guys not practicing today are all with multiple bang-ups,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We’ll just assess them day-by-day, but for the three of them it was one of those things where you come in that fit from the summer and we’re not so worried about them being on the ice, we need them to play. So we thought they would benefit from another day of some rest and rehab inside.”
The Oilers top-line centre Nugent-Hopkins got into a fight on Saturday in Vancouver, but it wasn’t the only thing that left him banged up.
“He took a big hit there right before the fight and took a few whacks as well during the game. He’s kind of bruised up all over,” Eakins said.
The status of those players is day-to-day. Eakins said they have discussed calling up a player if one of the forwards couldn’t go tomorrow against Los Angeles, but a decision was not made as of practice.
The line combinations are as follows:
Lines all scrambled at practice in LA. Klefbom on wing with Hall & Arco. 67-29-10. 57-27-6. 20-41-23. This according to jersey combos.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) October 13, 2014
Not much you can deduce from today's line combos in El Segundo, but reasonable to think Nurse makes NHL debut (paired w/Schultz) vs Kings.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 13, 2014
The Oilers fourth line drew some attention for their play in the home opener on Thursday night. At the beginning of the game, they were the line generating the most time in the offensive zone. As the game continued, the Oilers began to attack in waves with the rest of their forward lines.
Despite the loss, the play of the fourth line was one of several bright spots for the Oilers. Matt Hendricks, Boyd Gordon and Jesse Joensuu showed they have the ability to be a difference-making, energy-creating trio.
I asked Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins what he thinks their impact could be on tonight’s game in Vancouver, considering that they played “pretty well” against Calgary. My assessment of their play was a little too conservative for the head coach.
“You’re hard (on them),” Eakins said. “Pretty well? I thought they were excellent. I like that though, that’s good that you’re hard on them. I thought they played a big, heavy game. I thought that Jesse continued where he left off in training camp. Boyd and Hendy gave us really good games, they turned the tide a couple of times for us in the game with big shifts. They were able to get zone time and then they were able to do some heavy lifting in our zone on those face-offs. Again, it has to be every night for those guys. The one thing I was really encouraged with last game is, with our depth up front, it may have been the first game I’ve coached where all four lines were in the double digits and that bodes well for us over the course of the season.”
The Oilers outplayed the Flames for parts of the game, but lost 5-2. Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke with the team after the loss, not wanting them to slip into the mindset that past demons were creeping back in.
“It was just to breathe,” Eakins said of his messaging. “This is going to take some time, I don’t know how much time but I am worried about our team’s mindset. I don’t want last year and all the years before that have gone on, to turn this into a giant snowball rolling. Here it goes again. If we had played a terrible game, I would have told the team that and that would have been the end of it. I thought we played a good game, they feel that we played a good game. They understand that we made mistakes that cost us the game and we’ve got to rectify those. I didn’t want them in there with their heads down, feeling terrible about the night. There was a ton of good and there’s some learning to be done as well.”
Eakins and the players in the locker room were adamant that there were many positives to take from the game.
“I’m not going to walk out here and say we played crappy, because we didn’t,” Eakins said. “We made mistakes, we lost the game and that’s totally unacceptable. It’s all about the points. There’s going to be nights where we play like crap and we get the points and I’m going to be very upset with the game but happy to take the points.”
The Oilers elected to sit first-round picks Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom for the season opener. Head Coach Dallas Eakins was asked after the game when the two youngsters will get an opportunity to play. He wasn’t quite ready to make a decision, but says he doesn’t want any player sitting out for long.
“We’ll have to discuss it,” Eakins said. “You really don’t want anybody sitting very long. It doesn’t matter what their age is, but certainly at that stage in their development you don’t want them missing a lot of games.”