Split Squad Screening

Source: Derek Leung/Getty Images North America

When the Oilers had released their Young Stars roster a couple weeks ago, I wrote an article that I was more intrigued by Calgary and Vancouver’s rosters. I have to say after watching the Oilers d corps and boys in the blue paint at the tournament I might have to eat my words, they’re not big names like other prospects, but they can play a big game. The Oilers announced yesterday they returned five players to their junior clubs in time to open their regular seasons, they’re bound to all have great seasons, and I can’t wait to keep my eye on them.

More assignments will be coming either tonight or tomorrow after the Oilers play their split-squad game against the Flames. In case you’re not aware because camp opens with around 60 players they play two games at the same time – one in Calgary and one in Edmonton, it gives management a chance to evaluate the entire roster in one night.

Cow Town Game

The Oilers have just announced their lineups for the night via Twitter. I’m surprised they aren’t having Yamamoto play up in Edmonton in front of the hometown fans,  but it looks like a lot of bubble and AHL guys are headed down to Calgary. Todd says that Brossoit is the number two guy heading into the season, but watch out for Ellis, he could give him a good run for his money. I enjoyed watching speedy smallish forward Caggiula line up with coke machines Lucic and Draisaitl yesterday, it will be fun to see what they can do in an actual game environment against the Flames tonight.

The Flames haven’t released their home roster yet, but we already know that it will feature their star players such as Johnny Hockey and Sean Monahan.

Capital City Game

The Oilers are going to have a star-studded lineup here in Edmonton. We get to watch Connor as well as starter Talbot and highly touted prospects Bear and Jones, among others. The one guy who has really stepped it up this camp is Joey Laleggia, he’s always buzzing around, I’m hoping he gets some time alongside childhood friend Nuge. Puljujarvi is also playing here, I can only hope that after the game we see him nibbling on pizza during post game pressers.

This is who the Flames are sending up the QE2 to faceoff against the Oilers. Spencer Foo and Curtis Lazar will both have a homecoming of sorts as Foo is of course from Edmonton and Lazar played his junior hockey here. Will the Oilers fans boo Foo for signing with the rival Flames over the Oilers?

That’s an interesting top line as Poirier is a former first-round pick who had a rocky season last year due to alcohol abuse issues, I’m cheering for this kid that he can put together a solid outing with Sam Bennett who is out to prove himself this season. We’ll also have a chance to take a look at their prized netminder Tyler Parsons.

Capture

It’s going to be a fun night, it’s the first time we get to see our boys in action. I know it’s only preseason, but how can you not be buzzed about it? Who are you looking forward to seeing play? What do you think of the rosters in each city? Shoot me a tweet @nooorzy and let me know your thoughts.

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