With training camp in full swing, the Oilers have already played two split squad games, with another preseason tilt against the Winnipeg Jets looming. Following the split squad games, coach Todd McLellan divided the team up into two groups. This is a bit of a change to Oilers fans, as in previous years, the coaching staff has already begun making cuts to trim the roster down. Be that as it may, there was a number of cuts made prior to the games against Calgary. As well as that, there are a handful of prospects that didn’t attend main camp. Here’s a quick look at were those players not currently in Oilers camp can be found.
Tyler Vesel – University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Evan Campbell – UMass-Lowell (NCAA)
Aidan Muir – Western Michigan University (NCAA)
William Lagesson – UMass Amherst (NCAA)
Zack Nagelvoort – University of Michigan (NCAA)
Keven Bouchard – Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Eetu Laurikainen – Bakersfield (AHL)
Ben Betker – Bakersfield (AHL)
Caleb Jones – Portland (WHL)
Ethan Bear – Seattle (WHL)
John Marino – Tri-City (USHL)
NCAA hockey is scheduled to begin play October 3. QMJHL and WHL hockey seasons both begin on September 24. USHL begins play on September 25.
In addition, teams overseas have already begun their seasons. Here are the players in that category:
Roman Horak – Chekhov Vityaz (KHL) 11 GP, 1 G, 2 A, -3, 6 PIM
Miroslav Svoboda – AZ Havirov (Czech2) 5 GP, 3.84 GAA, 0,876 S%
Ziyat Paigin – AK Bars Kazan (KHL) 8 GP, 0 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM (Paigin has since been assigned to Bars Kazan of the VHL, and has yet to play a game)
Former draft pick John McCarron has moved on from the Oilers, and signed an AHL deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
On an interesting note, forward Daniil Zharkov is not listed anywhere as playing with a club. Myself, as well as the very talented Patrick Conway (@chunkletshockey) are both looking into what Zharkov’s status may be.
Check back regularly, as I intend to be posting weekly stats for these players, and any other prospects as they are assigned following training camp.