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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

With fitness testing out of the way, it was time to get down to business on day two of Oilers Orientation Camp in Jasper.

Divided into two teams of 18, the prospects hit the rink for their first on-ice session of the week.

“It was really fast-paced and we got right at it right away,” said Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear. “I Haven’t had a skate like that in a while. So it really felt good to get a feel of what the guys are like, it was really good.”

What may sound like a bit of wake up call for the prospects was actually something that Oilers Senior Director of Player Development, Rick Carriere, said he liked to see.

“I think it’s important that in the drill, they’re executing with intensity and with purpose, we’re not looking for a lot of tempo and flow in the practice. The practices can be slowed down, it’s all about teaching and development. But when they’re actually in the drill we like to see more of a game pace, and they’ve been able to carry that quite well right now.”

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