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GAME STORY: Jets 5, Oilers 3

Kailer Yamamoto scores twice as the Oilers lose 5-3 against the Jets in Winnipeg

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

WINNIPEG, MB - The Oilers dropped their first of the pre-season, losing 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Kailer Yamamoto scored twice, Ethan Bear notched his second of the pre-season and Mikko Koskinen stopped 16 of 21 shots.

Jujhar Khaira had a team-high six shots on goal in the losing effort.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at WPG

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WATCH LIVE AND GAME BLOG: Oilers at Jets

Watch the game live within the Oilers region and get minute-by-minute updates plus highlights from tonight's game

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Bell MTS Place in pre-season action.

Watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com within the Oilers region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories) or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Click here to watch online now or on the video below if on a mobile device.

Video: LIVE: Oilers vs. Jets

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Jets

The Oilers travel to Winnipeg to complete a pre-season home-and-home with the Jets

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers pre-season schedule continues as the club visits the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place. 

Watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com or listen to it via 630 CHED at 6:00 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game @ WPG

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RELEASE: Oilers trim training camp roster

Goaltender Shane Starrett has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have reduced their training camp roster, assigning the following player:
 
Shane Starrett (G) - Bakersfield (AHL)
 
The Oilers roster currently has 34 players, including three goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 19 forwards.

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BLOG: Bouchard learning the systems

"Some teams, they do man-on-man. Some teams, it's a little bit of zone. You just have to adjust with whatever team you're playing with," said rookie defenceman Evan Bouchard

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Evan Bouchard continues to learn every day at Oilers Main Camp.

The 2018 10th-overall selection played a team-high 22:50 on Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets, seeing some time on both the power play and penalty kill.

While he's experiencing new on-ice instances in his first crack at professional puck, Bouchard said his comfort level continues to rise as he's been doled out in different situations.

"The more you play, the more comfortable you get," said Bouchard on Saturday. "As the game progressed I got more and more comfortable."

It could be easy to get flustered as an 18-year-old killing a penalty or walking the blueline on the man-advantage but Bouchard has remained focused on the details taught during practice in order to maintain his poised play.

Video: PRACTICE RAW | Evan Bouchard 09.22.18

"I think it's just focusing on the details," Bouchard said. "We work on it in practice and you just have to remember the systems. They give us tips on how to do it but in the end, it's playing hockey. It's listening in practice and listening to the coaching staff about the systems."

The Oakville, ON, native said he's grown accustomed to adjusting to new strategies each time he's stepped onto a new squad.

"I think every team runs differently," he added. "Some teams, they do man-on-man. Some teams, it's a little bit of zone. You just have to adjust with whatever team you're playing with. Growing up, there was always a change like that, so I think you get used to it."

Captain Connor McDavid was asked about the Oilers rookie.

"He's doing things well," said McDavid. "He's learning as he goes. It's tough to go through your first training camp, learn the system and meet new guys... it can be a bit of a stressful one. 

"He seems like a guy that doesn't get shook."

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BLOG: Right wingers to be evaluated against stronger competition

After solid outings from the Oilers right wingers in the first week of Main Camp, Head Coach Todd McLellan wants to see how they play against tougher competition

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Ty Rattie is up to seven points in the pre-season, Kailer Yamamoto has four and Jesse Puljujarvi struck twice in his past two outings.

To summarize, the Oilers right wingers have fared well thus far at Main Camp.

"The obvious answer is, 'Yes,'" said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "They took the direction that we gave them at the beginning of Camp and they've been very competitive. All of them have. 

"But the concern there - and we answered this the other night - was the level of competition and type of play we've been up against."

McLellan believes the real evaluations will begin this week when the pre-season opponents ramp up their lineups and begin icing rosters that resemble regular seasons squads. The Oilers coach wants to see if his wingers can maintain their level of play.

"The second week is usually more valuable to a coaching staff because it starts to weed itself out," McLellan added. "The games get a little more competitive. The team we take to Winnipeg tomorrow won't be near as strong as the team we had here. I'm sure it will be the opposite for them. They'll probably have some of their big guns in the lineup and that's OK. We go there to win and we want to compete hard. 

"It's a good evaluator for us when there's a little pressure put on us. How do we handle that? How do individuals play in those situations? It gives us a chance to evaluate and move on. Those right wingers are included in that group."

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BLOG: Koskinen expected to start against Jets

"Mikko will play in Winnipeg tomorrow. The plan right now is to give him a full game and let him adapt to the League, the pace and size of the arena," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Mikko Koskinen is expected to get the nod in goal on Sunday when the Oilers travel to Winnipeg for a match versus the Jets.

"Mikko will play in Winnipeg tomorrow," Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said on Saturday. "The plan right now is to give him a full game and let him adapt to the League, the pace and size of the arena."

McLellan - who predicts the Jets will ice a stronger lineup than they did against the Oilers on Thursday - is using the road game as a measuring stick for Koskinen as he continues to adjust to the North American style of hockey.

"That's a good evaluation tool for us," the Oilers coach said. "They play well at home and come hard. I'm sure they'll have offensive players in their lineup. He'll get an opportunity to perform against a pretty good group of players."

McLellan said putting his skaters into difficult circumstances on the ice is a valuable way of gauging their performance under pressure.

"The opposition will provide the opportunity for us to evaluate us in a number of different situations," he said. "We'll look at how we respond. Our plan is to go over there and win a game but also put our players in situations where we get to evaluate them under stress."

Koskinen stopped 16 of 19 shots in two periods of play against the Flames in Edmonton's 7-4 win on Monday.

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BLOG: Main Camp Day 9

News, notes, interviews and more as Oilers Main Camp continues on Saturday

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Main Camp continued Saturday as the remaining players skated in one group at Downtown Community Rink.

Stay tuned to EdmontonOilers.com for news, updates, videos and more.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Leading The Way

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BLOG: Bouchard earning praise early

"His play with the puck on his tape and poise to make passes is elite. He's already ahead of some people in that area," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Evan Bouchard has turned some heads early in Training Camp.

The 6-foot-3, 194-pound defenceman had a team-high 22:50 of ice time during his first home game of the preseason on Thursday. With an assist against the Winnipeg Jets, Bouchard has scored one point in each of his two preseason outings (1G, 1A).

"His play with the puck on his tape and poise to make passes is elite," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "He's already ahead of some people in that area."

Video: Evan Bouchard comes in at No. 19 on the list

However, he hasn't only caught the attention of his coaches. Teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - who registered two goals on Thursday - echoed McLellan's comments.

"For a young guy [who has] just been drafted, he's got a lot of poise with the puck and a lot of poise defensively," explained Oilers Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "He's got such a good, quick, hard snapshot.

"He doesn't look like an 18-year-old kid. He definitely plays a lot older than that, which I think for a defenceman in this league starting out, goes a long way."

Along with comfortability, McLellan mentions the growth he has seen in Bouchard's game since the beginning of Rookie Camp.

"Growth for him comes from graduating up against better and better opponents," McLellan said. "Growth for him also shows up in grasping concepts, feeling like he fits in with his teammates, getting comfortable with his coaches and his surroundings and he's done those things.

"We need to see how well he can defend, how the pace of the game affects him and so far, he'd be in that passing grade group."

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GENE'S BLOG: If at first you don't succeed Ty, Ty again

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the recent performance of Ty Rattie

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers had the day off Friday. At some point in camp with all the practices, games and travel, it's a necessity to give everyone a break. Not only do the players need it, but the coaches as well. I mean, what was once 62 players has been whittled down but there are jobs to be won and lost. Todd McLellan and his staff actually need time to assess those that are still here. I wonder what their assessment was like regarding Ty Rattle. You could say he had a 5-Star performance Thursday night in a 7-3 win against Winnipeg. 

Video: WPG@EDM: Rattie chips in goal from the slot

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