In the next few days, we’ll get the Oilers rookie training camp roster. The group will play against the Nait-MacEwan All-Stars on September 11 (last year’s game here, a 2-0 win for the college men). This blog annually lists the rookies for camp and then a large group of people say “no one from this list will play in the NHL this season” and we bat that back and forth. Ahem. Here are the men who made the Young Stars roster over the last several years and then played in the NHL same season:
- 2017: Kailer Yamamoto, Ethan Bear
- 2016: Jesse Puljujarvi, Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula
- 2015: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Anton Slepyshev
- 2014: Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Laurent Brossoit, Bogdan Yakimov, Jordan Oesterle, David Musil
- 2013: Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin
- 2011: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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- New Lowetide: The 2015 draft and what was lost
- Lowetide: Projecting the 2018-19 Oilers opening night roster
- Lowetide: Where will Tobias Rieder land on the Oilers depth chart?
- Lowetide: No. 1 prospect—Evan Bouchard.
- Lowetide: No. 2 prospect—Kailer Yamamoto.
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- Lowetide: No. 3 prospect—Ethan Bear
- Lowetide: No. 4 prospect—Ryan McLeod
- Lowetide: No. 5 prospect—Cooper Marody.
- Lowetide: No. 6 prospect—Kirill Maksimov.
- Lowetide: No. 7 prospect—Tyler Benson.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 8 prospect—Caleb Jones.
- Lowetide: No. 9 prospect—Filip Berglund.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 10 prospect—Dmitri Samorukov.
- Lowetide: No. 11 prospect—Stuart Skinner’s net worth.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 12 prospect—Joel Persson.
- Lowetide: No. 13 prospect—Ostap Safin
- Jonathan Willis: No. 14 prospect—Olivier Rodrigue
- Lowetide: No. 15 prospect—William Lagesson
- Jonathan Willis: No. 16 prospect—Cameron Hebig
- Lowetide: No. 17 prospect—Graham McPhee
- Jonathan Willis: No. 18 prospect—Ryan Mantha
- Lowetide: No. 19 prospect—John Marino
- Jonathan Willis: No. 20 prospect—Tyler Vesel
- Lowetide: Top 20 prospects: Forwards outside the top 20
- Jonathan Willis: Are Hayden Hawkey and Phil Kemp underrated gems?
- Lowetide: Oilers sign Scottie Upshall to PTO, expand options
Evan Bouchard opens the scoring for the Knights in their pre-season game against Sarnia. pic.twitter.com/Enn2cuDqy0
— Mike Stubbs (@stubbs980) August 31, 2018
POSSIBLE ROOKIE ROSTER (ADDITIONS LIKELY)
This is a guess, I imagine a couple of Oil Kings will be thrown in and Caleb Jones was also here this summer for orientation camp. It should be a good group, I’ll guess Evan Bouchard and Yamamoto (again) play in the NHL this coming season. It’s a good list but in my opinion 2015 wins against this group.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 ROOKIE GAME (OILERS V. CANUCKS)
I would suggest this rookie roster is the gold standard for Oilers kids, the 2015 group included Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. Ethan Bear and Anton Slepyshev were also in this group.
He's a 6-foot-3 defenseman with right-handed shot. Some of his defensive reads were not good, so that's a concern. But I think the Oilers may have a player here. Final pick in the 3rd round in 2016.
— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) August 31, 2018
- It might be more than 19, but I’m fairly certain these men will make the opening night roster barring injury or a trade.
- There are going to be roster pressures on each wing but anyone who can play center is a lock, including Jujhar Khaira.
- We haven’t discussed it much, but if the Oilers catch a break on RW things could get interesting. If all of Ty Rattie, Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi shine early, there should be enough on LW for Todd McLellan to at least think about running 97, 29 and 93 up the middle again this year. Ryan Strome could be used on RW as well in a case of that kind.
- The blue line has several options as possible replacements for the injured Andrej Sekera, I think Jakub Jerabek is the most likely to win the day.
- The four most likely group from the ‘uncertain’ pile to move up are (imo) Scottie Upshall, Pontus Aberg, Evan Bouchard and Mikko Koskinen.
- Kailer Yamamoto can upset that line of thinking with a strong camp, he did it a year ago. It’ll be interesting to see where the coach starts him in preseason. If he gets 97 or 29, that could be a tell.
- Mikko Koskinen should see plenty of preseason action.
THE DISTANT BELLS
- The names most likely to move up during preseason: Jason Garrison, William Lagesson.
- I’m going to write about this for The Athletic in the coming week, but the prospect I think the Oilers are most likely to fast track is Tyler Benson. The LW depth chart has some holes.
- Stuart Skinner is the most interesting goalie outside the NHL three entering camp.