The Edmonton Oilers play in Vancouver tonight, the roster looks good enough to contend against Vancouver this evening. It’s also on the television, so squinting will be at a minumum.
- Nurse-N Schultz
I like the top line, this is giving us some insight (possibly) into the “pairs” idea, using Hall-Eberle, Nuge-Perron and Gagner-Yakupov as three scoring lines. It’s also fun to see if Boyd Gordon can run free with the thoroughbreds, and three guys looking for work get another look tonight. If Tyler Pitlick ever needed a big game–like a goal and an assist and a good defensive play–tonight’s the night. Will Acton is either ahead or behind Lander but that job is available and it’s a big night for him too.
Ference makes his Oiler debut with Schultz the younger, might as well get them comfortable now. Nurse gets another game, it’s pretty clear to me they really like him–I don’t know that they’ll keep him for 9 games but next fall he might make the club. Marincin and Fedun are both playing well enough to warrant consideration, a quality showing tonight and they may be in the opening night conversation if others continue to falter.
The Oilers are pretty aggressive on the cuts, they’ve been getting down to a reasonable number smartly. Sent out today were:
- Cameron Abney: He got as deep into camp as we’ve seen him, I’m not at all sure what it means. “Steve Smith” has become the resident expert on Abney, I’m hopeful he’ll leave his thoughts in the comments section.
- Mitchell Moroz: Big guy scored a goal last night, I was happy to see him do it. Here’s hoping he pops 30 in the WHL this season and shows well enough to earn a pro contract.
- Kale Kessy: I honestly don’t have a thing to say about him, beyond I miss Tobias Rieder.
- Brandon Davidson: Did more to help his cause in the organization than any of the kids sent out today (or in previous days). I can see him getting a cup of coffee this season in the NHL–he played that well!