The Edmonton Oilers are faced with new challenges this year, as well as returning old ones. The old challenges include goaltending and defence while the new challenges include who will play centre when it looks like the Oilers are well stocked.
For many Edmonton Oilers’ fans, the pre-season has truly begun once the annual Joey Moss Cup game rolls around.
Joey Moss is a constant fixture in the Oilers’ dressing room and face of the Edmonton Oilers. Players have come and gone, but Joey Moss has remained. Moss joined the Oilers in 1986 thanks to Wayne Gretzky, who was at the time dating Joey’s sister, Vicki Moss. Every year the Edmonton Oilers play an inter-squad game in Joey’s honour, raising funds for various charities and allowing Oilers’ fans a chance to see many of the Oilers’ prospects, players and camp invitees.
Today is a big day for the Edmonton Oilers because today is the first day of training camp. There are a few Oilers and prospects that are not on the ice due to various injuries and it is also captain Shawn Horcoff’s birthday. If nothing else, truly this has to be the surest sign that the hockey season is days away. The Oilers’ today were divided into 3 teams, A, B and C to take part in various on-ice drills. With so many people at camp on day one, including the injured, the Oilers’ brass will have their work cut out for them to start making cuts.
“Every game against Calgary is a big game” Philippe Cornet wearing an ‘A’ told Edmonton Oilers’ Tom Gazzola from the bench prior to the game. I find it interesting that the Oilers’ prospects buy into the Alberta rivalry so soon, in fact before they even reach the big club. However, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t care if it’s Calgary firemen vs. Edmonton in a chili cook-off contest, in my world, Edmonton needs to win every time. So, imagine how that carries forward at least for me when it comes to the Oilers versus the Flames, even the baby Oilers. That is why I went to bed with a broken heart Wednesday night.
The Edmonton Oilers in a word, dominated the Vancouver Canucks prospects Sunday night, but that was to be expected. With the season finishes the Oilers have had through the past few years they have had the opportunity to accumulate a number of high quality draft picks and fortunately, those draft picks look good.
Had the Oilers struggled against the prospects of the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets, Oilers fans may have had ample cause for concern. Instead, for the first time in 15 years I can tell you that the Oilers have been the Winnipeg Jets, even if it is at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton B.C.
After sustaining what appeared to be a broken nose, and what many fans feared may end up being a concussion on Sunday night during the Young Star’s Tournament in Penticton B.C., Colten Teubert has been sent home to Edmonton. Keeping optimistic and lively, Teubert tweeted “My post hockey modeling career might be in trouble at this rate but who cares! #livinthedream.”
With a few Europeans who would have been especially touched by the loss of the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team on the ice for the Edmonton Oilers versus Vancouver Canucks prospects game, in Anton Lander and his former Timra teammate Sebastian Erixon, the Oilers’ first game of the rookie tournament in Penticton began with a moment of silence. Because this was also the 10th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy in New York, there was also a mention of those lost. This was such a solemn start to such excitement for so many hockey fans. The popularity of this tournament has grown so much so that fans didn’t have to watch grainy jumpy feeds online on their computers or streamed through their PS3s. Instead, this game was shown in all of its high definition glory on Sportsnet. Well for this game at least.
That’s right folks, Oscar Klefbom who was just reported to be out with an infection following a leg laceration is out with what could be a concussion. This news was brought to light by Lowetide over at Oilers Nation. According to the news source, the Värmland Gate:
Färjestads Oscar Klefbom were injured during the team’s workout this morning. According to New Wermlands-magazine online edition, he was tackled, dropped his helmet and hit his head on the ice.
FBK’s physiotherapist Mattias Hell says the NWT that it may take up to two days before we can determine if he sustained a concussion. According to Matthias Hell will Klefbom receiving shaft cover on the chin at the rigging and then lost his helmet before he hit the ice.
An update from Martin Lundén “Also on the (latest) Klefbom injury: “he was quite clear and it does not seem like he got a concussion”. So no need to panic, yet..”
Many Oilers fans have waited patiently for this day, and it has finally arrived. Anton Lander has arrived in Edmonton and is settling in. The welcomed Swedish invasion is reaching its new level and will hopefully continue with the addition of Oscar Klefbom soon enough.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday, the first Swede to make the Oilers, Magnus Pääjärvi was eager to speak of his good friend Lander who Pääjärvi of course eagerly anticipates playing with once again.
With the tragic loss of the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team today in Russia, hockey fans are reminded how small the hockey world is. While this tragedy occured half a world away, the pain still hits close to home. Several ex-NHLers as well as NHL hopeful prospects were lost in this morning’s crash but all were sons, brothers, fathers and friends.
Edmonton Oilers’ assistant coach Steve Smith remembers playing against Brad McCrimmon in the battle of Alberta, as well as playing for McCrimmon in Calgary, and spoke with inews880 today, describing McCrimmon as a “class act.”
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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