Things are starting to happen now, the rookie camp roster was released yesterday, and another European winger is a person of interest. In the next seven days we’ll get the training camp roster and perhaps there will be a few surprises.
The mornings are cooler now, night time too. Leaves are turning, hockey is arriving right on time. It’s my favourite time of year, memories of chilly days, leaves burning in the backyard and skates cutting ice. I could spend a lifetime watching tape-to-tape passes, have, as a matter of fact. God I love this game.
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group, take advantage of the incredible Labor Day Weekend offer here!
- **New Lowetide: Estimating reasonable expectations for the 2019-20 Edmonton Oilers: A difficult journey
- New Jonathan Willis: How much money will Darnell Nurse make on his next NHL contract?
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s measured summer leaves Oilers outside playoffs.
- New Jonathan Willis: Can Mikko Koskinen be a quality starter for Oilers in 2019-20?
- New Lowetide: The 2019-20 Oilers and value contracts: A period of transition
- New Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
- New Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi signs one-year deal in Finland, dashing hopes he would return to the Oilers
- Lowetide: Jay Woodcroft joins Claude Julien and Todd Nelson as key coaches in Oilers prospect development
- Lowetide: Is Riley Sheahan an ideal fit for the Oilers as their No. 3 centre?
- 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
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- 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
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
Burdasov is a big winger with a terrific (left) wrist shot, he spiked in the KHL this past season. He also had a pile of pims (114) and 19 goals, plus 156 shots in 50 games. His NHLE from last year (82, 23-15-38) is comparable to Joakim Nygard’s NHLE (82, 19-13-32).
2019 ROOKIE CAMP
Goalies (3): Stuart Skinner, Olivier Rodrigue, Dylan Wells. Two pro goalies and Rodrigue will go back for his final season of junior.
Left Defense (4): Jaxon Bellamy, Ethan Cap, Brendan De Jong, Dmitri Samorukov. Samorukov is the only player under contract to the Oilers, and one of the most valuable assets in the system.
Right Defense (3): Evan Bouchard, Logan Day, Vincent Desharnais. Bouchard is the impact prospect at this camp and there’s a chance he’ll stay in Edmonton all winter long. Day and Desharnais were both looking for an NHL contract this spring, and it went to the undrafted Day.
Center (4): Cameron Hebig, Steve Iacobellis, Cooper Marody, Ryan McLeod. Marody has a real chance to play for the Oilers this season, and McLeod’s speed is going to get him NHL chances, although maybe not this year. Hebig had a strong start in Bakersfield and faded, this will be an important year for him. Iacobellis is a talented player.
Left Wing (5): Tyler Benson, Liam Keeler, Beau Starrett, Jakub Stukel, Nolan Vesey. Benson is a feature player in this camp and will probably enjoy playing in front of Edmonton fans (he was hurt damned near every fall as a junior). Starrett is an interesting player on an AHL deal.
Right Wing (4): Raphael Lavoie, Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin, Kailer Yamamoto. These are four impressive talents, each of them with enough skill to reach the NHL (imo). Lavoie is the exciting new arrival, Maksimov is the hotshot junior and the other two just want to be healthy this season. Impressive group of talent.
That third item is worth a conversation. I remember well JP’s first training camp performance and McLellan’s quote “We may as well cut to the chase, Jesse has some work to do. We’d like to think he can pull through and play on our team but based off tonight’s game—while he has lots of talent, he has to learn time and space at the NHL level. A couple of times he looked dangerous but he has to have the puck a lot more.” Source