The Oilers announced cuts immediately following Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks. The cuts reduced the number of players in camp from 32 to 27 and the number of healthy players to 23 - which is the NHL's required limit.
Being sent down was forwards Jordan Eberle - who was assigned to the WHL's Regina Pats - and Rob Schremp, who was sent to Springfield (AHL). In addition, forward Kip Brennan was sent to the Falcons as well as blueliner Taylor Chorney and goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
SCHREMP ON WAIVERS
Rob Schremp knew he was in tough to make the team when he saw the sheer number of forwards - and NHL-calibre forwards at Oilers camp this season.
This year's probably been the toughest year since I've been a part of the Oilers," said Schremp. "There's plenty of skill and plenty of checking guys."
Still, Schremp felt he had a good chance. Now he goes on waivers and will find out if another team decides to take a chance on him within the next 24 hours.
"I'd be lying if I didn't say 'yeah'. I want to play in the NHL," he said when asked if he hopes another team claims him on waivers. "If it doesn't happen here, I'll take my chance anywhere."
Pat Quinn said it was real numbers game that resulted in Schremp's departure.
"It's a matter of numbers in a lot of ways. We have a number of guys that have very similar sorts of looks. They're very highly skilled, they play a lot of the game on the outside," he said, noting that Schremp did impress.
"His attitude's terrific. He came here with the thoughts he was going to earn a job," Quinn stated. "He showed us everything he has on that skill-level side and is a highly-skilled kid."
The Oilers bench boss went on to say that the team needed more physical-type players with size to round out a talented lineup.
"We're going to have a Jacques in the lineup, we're going to have a Stone probably in the lineup," Quinn continued. "You have to have a blend, a mix. That's those complementary skillsets that make good teams. You can't have 22 Rob Schremps." EBERLE STAYS POSITIVE
Eberle had his sights set on making the team but knew in the back of his mind that returning to junior was a big possibility.
"I thought I had a good camp. I look at it as a step towards making the NHL one day," said Eberle.
Just prior to meeting with the media, Eberle spoke with Oilers coaches and management.
"They were extremely happy with how I played in the camp. They saw that I can compete at this level. The main message they gave me was to be a leader and make those players in Regina better players around me."
Pat Quinn explained the rationale behind giving Eberle another year in the WHL.
"With Jordan, he has another year of junior. We wanted him to go back and lead Team Canada and his junior team. We're trying to make the decision in the best interest of him with that junior time left."
Quinn noted that the team was far from disappointed with Eberle's showing in training camp.
"Jordan had a terrific camp," said Quinn. "And so did Rob for that matter."
The moves leave the Oilers with 27 players on the roster currently with four injured.
Injured (4) - Ethan Moreau, Theo Peckham, Fernando Pisani, Marc Pouliot
Forwards (14) - Gilbert Brule, Andrew Cogliano, Mike Comrie, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, J-F Jacques, Steve MacIntyre, Robert Nilsson, Patrick O'Sullivan, Dustin Penner, Liam Reddox, Ryan Stone, Zack Stortini
Defencemen (7) - Tom Gilbert, Denis Grebeshkov, Ladislav Smid, Sheldon Souray, Steve Staios, Jason Strudwick, Lubomir Visnovsky
Goaltenders (2) - Jeff Deslauriers, Nikolai Khabibulin