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POSTED ON Friday, 29.08.2014 / 10:43 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with defenceman Justin Schultz on a one-year contract.

Schultz, 24, had a career year in 2013-14, posting 33 points (11G, 22A) and 16 penalty minutes in 74 games. He set career highs in several categories including points, goals, assists, blocked shots (107) and hits (30). Schultz led all Oilers defencemen in points, assists and goals, as well as led the team in time on ice, averaging 23:20 per game.

The 6’2”, 188 pound blueliner has accumulated 60 points (19G, 41A) and 24 penalty minutes in 122 career NHL games.

The Kelowna, British Columbia native also had a standout rookie campaign in 2012-13, splitting the season between the Edmonton Oilers and their AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 34 games with the Barons, registering 48 points (18G, 30A) and six penalty minutes.

Schultz’s impressive numbers with Oklahoma City earned him the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League’s Defenceman of the Year. He is the first rookie in the 56-year history of the Eddie Shore Award to earn the honour.

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.08.2014 / 11:59 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Canada is playing its final game at World Juniors Summer Development Camp and the play of Oilers prospect Greg Chase has been quite good, with a pair of assists in two games so far.

Chase, an Oilers seventh-round pick in 2013, has warranted himself a look in a more offensive role after playing on the fourth line in the first two games. He is on a line with Nick Petan and Max Domi and in the starting lineup.

The game started at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

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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 Sunday, 06.07.2014 / 3:19 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Sunday, 06.07.2014 / 3:14 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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.”

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