Last year the Oilers invited 27 prospects to rookie camp, many of the older variety. It seemed Edmonton wasn’t interested in bringing in true ‘rookies’ but rather players who would be arriving for main camp anyway.
Older players who attended camp one year ago included Nolan Vesey, Luke Esposito, Logan Day, William Lagesson, Joe Gambardella, Dave Gust and Tyler Vesel. Will we see more of the same this year?
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- New Lowetide: Oilers coach Dave Tippett might have to take drastic action in order to find a second outscoring line in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Oilers end summer still shy on first-shot scoring wingers
- Lowetide: Connor McDavid and optimal line chemistry: The Oilers need to abandon enforcer fixation and add a skill winger
- Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi’s biggest hurdles: Bad timing and the indifference of the Oilers.
- Lowetide: Projecting the Oilers 2019-20 Opening Night Lineup
- Lowetide: Revisiting the Oilers’ 2016 draft and the opportunities missed
- Lowetide: Examining the potential waiver-wire opportunities at hand for the Oilers
- Lowetide: Cooper Marody’s utility gives him an edge for an Oilers roster spot in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster construction options for the Oilers over the next seven months.
- Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto has the talent to win a job with the Oilers on merit, if he’s healthy.
- Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi still has upside and the Oilers’ patient approach is the right one
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- Lowetide: Handicapping the Oilers’ young defencemen and their chances of replacing Andrej Sekera
- Lowetide: Is Kirill Maksimov progressing as the Edmonton Oilers’ next great hope for a true homegrown sniper?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers ease pressure on crowded defensive pipeline by trading John Marino to the Penguins
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the 2021-22 Oilers might look like after their steady build toward contender status
- Lowetide: Joel Persson is ideally situated to win an opening night roster spot with the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ opening night lineup, line combinations and more.
- Lowetide: Oilers’ acquisition of James Neal could add badly needed scoring to the top two lines.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland puts his stamp on the Oilers with first big move in Lucic-Neal trade
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Holland ends an ugly situation for the Oilers by trading Milan Lucic for James Neal
- Jonathan Willis: Which Oilers defencemen can make an outlet pass?
- Lowetide: Looking ahead to Oilers training camp: 35 players for 23 jobs
- Jonathan Willis: Josh Archibald won’t fix the Oilers’ biggest problems, but he’ll help with some key issues.
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
2019 ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER (A GUESS)
1 Dylan Wells, 21. He was at this camp in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so may not be on the list. Oilers site does have some rookie names, no goalies, and you’d think the team would want three. He outlasted Nick Ellis and Keven Bouchard, who were his competition at the first one.
2 Stuart Skinner, 20. This will be Skinner’s third rookie camp, time flies when you’re having fun. He had a long and winding season in the minors but finished strong in the playoffs. Maybe he’ll spike this season. One of three Oilers goalies born in 1998 (Wells, Konovalov).
3 Olivier Rodrigue, 19. This will be his second rookie camp, he is the youngest goalie prospect in the system.
1 Caleb Jones, 22. He may not attend rookie camp, as Jones could make the big club in a big season. I have him here because of numbers. Edmonton needs some established blue.
2 William Lagesson, 23. Same reason as Jones, Lagesson has surely done enough to graduate from this tournament. That said, the Oilers traditionally have nine defensemen in rookie camp.
3 Dmitri Samorukov, 20. This will be his third rookie camp, but a lot has changed since last year. Samorukov is going to have a lot of eyes on him at this and main camp.
4 Jaxon Bellamy, 18. Big junior (6.03, 180) who is mobile and can move the puck, he is an interesting prospect.
5 Ethan Cap, 19. Edmonton Oil Kings defender plays an intelligent game and brings good size.
1 Evan Bouchard, 19. He will be at his second rookie camp, having provided the previous event with many of its highlights (and an ‘oh my’ goal). He has a chance to make the big club.
2 Ethan Bear, 22. He has been here many times, but the injury last spring may mean Holland and company want to have an early look.
3 Logan Day, 24. Outstanding year with the Condors got him an NHL contract. He was also on the rookie roster last year.
4 Vincent Desharnais, 23. He’s on an AHL contract, the former Oilers draft pick had a solid college career with Providence.
1 Cooper Marody, 22. He tore up the AHL as a rookie, suspect we see him in Edmonton for as much as half of the season. Skill needs skill, he could emerge as a complementary player on a prominent line.
2 Cam Hebig, 22. He started off very well, then faded for much of the AHL season. Lessons learned in year one can lead to improved performance.
3. Ryan McLeod, 19. There will be emphasis on speed at this year’s training camp, McLeod is a speed demon. He could surprise.
4. Beau Starrett, 23. College grad and Shane Starrett’s brother, he just signed an AHL deal. Huge forward, 6.05 and 215.
5 Luke Esposito, 25. He attended last year and emerged as a useful player at the AHL level. He might return.
1 Tyler Benson, 21. Like Marody, this training camp is vital for Benson. Getting a head start on main camp is a good idea.
2 Joe Gambardella, 25. He might skip over this year’s rookie camp, but if the organization isn’t inviting a bunch of rookies we could see him here.
3 Jakob Stukel, 22. He scored well after being recalled to Bakersfield and I’m looking forward to seeing him in camp.
4 Nolan Vesey, 23. He needs playing time.
5 Liam Keeler, 18. Edmonton Oil Kings winger gets an NHL invite.
1 Kailer Yamamoto, 20. A big season for the young winger, he needs to show everyone he can score (it’s likely) in Bakersfield and stay healthy.
2 Kirill Maksimov, 20. Excited to see him impact rookie camp and then see how they use him in main camp. He doesn’t have draft pedigree but does own a terrific release. Edmonton needs first-shot scorers.
3 Ostap Safin, 20. Injury has derailed him. Oilers will want to see if he can play.
4 Raphael Lavoie, 18. Sniper from the QMJHL will arrive in rookie camp with some real buzz.
If we see some more non-roster additions, safe to delete more established names like Caleb Jones, William Lagesson, Ethan Bear, Joe Gambardella and Patrick Russell. Otherwise, we may see a repeat of 2018, with very few kids who are not under Edmonton’s control coming to camp.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
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