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Skills Competition SOLD OUT; Watch it LIVE online

Oilers players make their predictions: Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Most Accurate and King of the Shootout

Sunday, 04.01.2009 / 11:38 AM / News
By Marc Ciampa & Steve Taylor  - edmontonoilers.com
The Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition, Powered by McDonald's is now SOLD OUT but you can still watch and listen to it online right here at edmontonoilers.com. Earlier this week, we spoke with a number of different Oilers including Sheldon Souray, Ladislav Smid, Mathieu Garon, Marc Pouliot, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Denis Grebeshkov, Erik Cole, Dustin Penner and Jason Strudwick and asked them who they thought would win each event in Sunday's skills competition. Description of Skills Competition Events:

Puck Control Relay

The puck control relay requires each skater to combine exceptional skating agility and puck-handing skills. The first two races are relay races involving 3 players per team. At the whistle, one player from each team skates to the far goal line, picks up a puck, then carries it through the pylon course. When the player has carried the puck over the start line, the next player begins. If a player loses the puck, he must regain control and return to the point where he left the course.

VIDEO: Last Year's Puck Control (Individual) | Last Year's Puck Control (Relay)

Fastest Skater

This event is a race against the clock. Each player starts from a standing position 3 feet from the red line, and completes one full lap around the ice surface. Players who fall must get up and complete the course to avoid disqualifying their team in the event.

VIDEO: Players make their predictions on Fastest Skater | Last Year's Fastest Skater

Hardest Shot

Each player gets 2 shots and the shot must hit the net in order to count.

VIDEO: Players make their predictions on Hardest Shot | Last Year's Hardest Shot

Accuracy Shooting

This event is all about precision. The shooting accuracy contest will see each player be given just 8 attempts to hit 4 targets set up in the net. The team with the most targets hit in the fewest number of attempts is awarded one goal. The player with the most hits in the least number of attempts earns an additional point for his team.

VIDEO: Players make their predictions on most Accurate Shot | Last Year's Accuracy Shooting

King of the Shootout

This contest features one-on-one matchups – shooter vs. goalie.  Players who score will advance in this elimination event until Edmonton Oilers King of the shootout is determined.

VIDEO: Players make their predictions on King of the Shootout | Last Year's King of the Shootout

3-on-3

Two 10 minute periods (straight time) with players changing every 40 seconds

VIDEO: Players last year talked about 3-on-3
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