Future Considerations

Injured Ewanyk back with Oil Kings
September 24, 2011, 12:47 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

Edmonton Oilers hockey club announced that they have sent forward Travis Ewanyk back to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.

The St. Albert, Alberta native had 16 goals and 27 points last season for the Oil Kings but had no points in Edmonton`s WHL Playoff run as they were swept in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. Continue reading

2011 draftees push for NHL jobs

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.

In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.

The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.

Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.

The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading

RNH has ’50/50′ shot at Oilers gig
September 16, 2011, 5:22 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Not since Erik Johnson in 2006 has a first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft failed to play a full season after being selected.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could change that.

The first overall pick in Minnesota’s draft four months ago is a virtual lock to be on the ice on October 9th when Edmonton welcomes the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is no guarantee Nugent-Hopkins, though, to be a mainstay in the Edmonton Oilers lineup beyond his first nine games. Continue reading

Dumba has great mentor in RNH
August 5, 2011, 6:23 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

If Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba needs to lean on someone for advice on how to handle himself in his draft year, he need not look far.

Across the dressing room may be a good place to start.

Should he fail to make the Edmonton Oilers out of training camp, Dumba will have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, to answer any and all draft inquiries. Continue reading

Draftees quick to ink up
July 18, 2011, 11:59 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.

Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading

Nugent-Hopkins inks deal with Oilers
July 4, 2011, 7:13 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

It took the Edmonton Oilers minutes to announce their selection of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

It only took days later to sign him.

Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini announced Saturday the signing of the Red Deer Rebels standout, a week and a day after making him the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Oscar Klefbom – Edmonton Oilers
July 4, 2011, 7:02 pm
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