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Barons Advance to AHL Second Round

It wasn’t a sweep, but the Oklahoma City Barons have made short work of their series with the Houston Aeros, taking the best of five series 3-1 and will now move on to the Western Conference semifinals to face an as of yet undetermined opponent. The San Antonio Rampage, Abbotsford Heat or Milwaukee Admirals are the possible opponents, but it will most likely be the Rampage that will make the trip to Oklahoma City.

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Klefbom Prepared to Sign, But Not to Move

After finding an article saying that Klefbom was meeting with the Oilers, Martin Lundén author of Swedish Oil By dohfOs has penned an article indicating that Klefbom is prepared to sign a three year entry level deal, but that he intends to play out his contract with Färjestad of the Swedish Elite League.

I explained to him (Tambellini) that I really enjoy working here and what the situation looks like in Färjestad, when Frögren, Sevc and Berglund disappears, it favours me. I’m going up a few notches. We agreed that I would stay another year here (in Sweden, with Färjestad), it will do me good, there’s no stress. Edmonton want me to go over to a camp so I that I will feel more like a part of the team and get to meet all the big stars like Taylor Hall and the others. We’ll see when it gets, it also depends on what Färjestad allows me to do. The club has some real big stars emerging at once and also got a new first choice in the draft this summer. I feel like the timing signing with them and going over there will be perfect, Klefbom smiles.


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Oilers Meeting With Injured Klefbom

It’s becoming a bit of a trend to hear nothing about defencive prospect Oscar Klefbom aside from injury news, and that can be quite alarming. This time, Klefbom is missing out on an international debut with the Tre Kronor due to a lower body injury. Come to think of it though, he might fit in well with what has been a regular occurrence for the Oilers; random, bizarre fluke injuries.

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Barons to Face Aeros

Another hockey season has come and gone for the Oilers. Another season ending at the bottom of the barrel and with only hope for a successful draft left for fans to cling to. But maybe there is something to the hope of the rebuild, after all the Oklahoma City Barons in only their second season of existence have led the Western Conference of the AHL. While not every player on the Barons’ roster is an Oiler prospect a good number are and now it just remains to be seen if the success can translate to the next level. Playoff success couldn’t hurt though.

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Crouching Tigers

Medicine Hat Tigers lose to Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 in OT
It was a clean sweep Wednesday night in Alberta. The Edmonton Oil Kings took game 4 by a score of 6-0 and in southern Alberta the Moose Jaw Warriors took a 4-3 overtime victory over Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending prospect Tyler Bunz.

For Bunz, this was very likely his last WHL game and unfortunately this is not the way that he would like to close this chapter in his life. Fortunately, he does have a newly signed 3 year entry level contract with the Oilers and a bright future ahead of him.

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Oilers Sign Bunz To 3yr ELC

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with 2010 goaltending prospect Tyler Bunz, signing the WHLer to a 3 year entry level deal.

Bunz has had the season of his career with the Medicine Hat Tigers posting a 39-17-5 record in the regular season, had 3 shutouts, WHL leading 5 assists from a goaltender,  a 2.57 GAA and a 0.921 S%. This has also combined for 115 career wins for Bunz with the Tigers, a new franchise record. With 39 regular season wins, Bunz finished 2nd in the WHL beat by 3 games by Edmonton Oil Kings’ goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

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Billy Moores: “We’re Not Here for Mediocrity, We’re Here for Excellence”

Billy Moores has been as assistant coach, a scout and now the Coordinator of Player Development, working under the Director of Player Development, Mike Sillinger. Moores is currently in his 12th season with the Oilers and now finds himself working with a very talented pool of players.

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Curtis Hamilton: Prepare as Best You Can and Keep Your Eyes Forward

The Edmonton Oilers have in their systems several World Juniors players and stars. Ryan Smyth, Devan Dubnyk, Taylor Hall and of course Jordan Eberle have all had the honour. Those names may come to mind more easily than 2010 2nd round selection Curtis Hamilton, but Hamilton should not be forgotten. In 7 games at the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo, Hamilton won silver, scored 4 goals and was second only to Brayden Schenn in that regard.

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Drew Czerwonka: Healthy and Scoring

From the moment we first met, I knew that we would get along. It’s not as though I’m a difficult person, but the Oilers have been doing an exceptional job of drafting all around good hockey players and people. Drew Czerwonka, captain of the WHL Kootenay Ice is certainly one of them.

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Kootenay Ice Shutout Hitmen 4-0

Following their run to the Memorial Cup last season, the Kootenay Ice have been trying to prove that their success was no accident. They’re succeeding. As the calendar moves closer to the end of the WHL regular season, the Kootenay Ice are one of the teams who have pulled out as a force to be reckoned with. Their defencive play can frustrate and irritate the strongest of teams, and of course they can score.

The Kootenay Ice opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period from Jagger Dirk with assists from Jesse Ismond and Sam Reinhart. Sam is the youngest of the three Reinhart brothers and not draft eligible until 2014. Already with the attention he is garnering it is becoming clear that he will likely be drafted the highest.

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