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FUTURE WATCH: Ostap Safin

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2017 fourth-rounder Ostap Safin to talk about his move to Canada, his season so far and World Juniors

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft, Ostap Safin has officially made the move from the Czech Republic to Canada. The left-shooting right winger is playing with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and leads his club in points as a rookie with 29 in 30 games. The winger took part in Oilers Development Camp in Jasper, AB over the summer, then joined the team for the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC. EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Safin to talk about his move to Canada, World Juniors and more.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | World Junior Rosters

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FUTURE WATCH: Shane Starrett

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Wichita Thunder netminder Shane Starrett to talk about the impressive start to his professional career and more

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Shane Starrett signed with the Oilers organization in April, on the heels of an impressive 26-6-4 record with the Air Force Falcons. Starrett navigated Oilers Training Camp in the summer and has since settled in with the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL. The netminder, alongside his club, is off to a solid start this season. The team is first in the Mountain Division with an 11-2-1 record and Starrett is 6-1-1 with a .932 save percentage. EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Starrett to talk about his hot start and more.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Jones' first as a pro

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FUTURE WATCH: Tyler Benson

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2016 second-round selection and Edmonton product Tyler Benson to talk about his return to game action

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospect Tyler Benson is no longer watching games from the press box. Edmonton's second-round selection (32nd-overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft was sidelined since the 2016-17 season with injuries, keeping him limited to only 33 games last campaign in the Western Hockey League. Now, the Edmonton product is back playing for the Vancouver Giants and Benson hasn't missed a step, producing nine points in seven games with the Giants already. EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Benson to talk about being back to playing and more.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Back in Spokane

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FUTURE WATCH: Kemp

EdmontonOilers.com catches up with 2017 seventh-rounder Phil Kemp to talk about his experience at the World Junior Summer Showcase, Yale University and more

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Phil Kemp joined the Oilers organization when he was selected in the seventh round (208th-overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Over the summer, Kemp competed at the World Junior Summer Showcase alongside fellow prospect Kailer Yamamoto. Now, the rearguard is sinking his teeth into NCAA hockey playing for Yale University, where he's already scored his first collegiate goal.

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Kemp to talk about his experience at the World Junior Summer Showcase, Yale University and more.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Rattie takes lead

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FUTURE WATCH: Tyler Vesel

Oilers prospect Tyler Vesel catches up with EdmontonOilers.com to talk about his beautiful goal and the season so far at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

We learned of Tyler Vesel's game in 2016-17 when the 2014 sixth round (153rd-overall) pick was ripping up the NCAA's National Collegiate Hockey Conference as a junior. Vesel, an exercise science major, compiled 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points in 39 games last campaign as a versatile forward capable of adhering to both sides of the ice. The 23-year-old is now a senior at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and wants to make the most out of his finite time in the NCAA. That much is known just by the highlight reel goal Vesel scored over the weekend against Arizona State University. EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Vesel to talk about his impressive tally and more. 

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Vesel's highlight goal

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FUTURE WATCH: Skyler Brind'Amour

Oilers 2017 sixth-round selection Skyler Brind'Amour speaks about his season so far with the Chilliwack Chiefs and the influence of his dad Rod

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2017 sixth round selection Skyler Brind'Amour to talk about his season with the Chilliwack Chiefs and the influence of his father Rod Brind'Amour, a Carolina Hurricanes Assistant Coach.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Two named to Canada-Russia Series

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BLOG: Benson, Skinner named to Team WHL in 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series

Team WHL will open up the six-game series on Monday, November 6, in Moose Jaw

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers prospects Tyler Benson and Stuart Skinner will suit up for Team WHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series.

The circuit begins in Moose Jaw, SK, on Monday, November 6. Goaltender Skinner will tend the crease alongside Sherwood Park, AB, native Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips.

Oilers 2016 second round draft pick (32nd-overall) Benson is the only player from the Vancouver Giants to crack the squad. Benson has yet to play in the 2017-18 season.

Tim Hunter will coach Team WHL and his assistants will be John Paddock and Manny Viveiros.

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FUTURE WATCH: Maksimov

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with 2017 fifth-round draft pick Kirill Maksimov for a brief update

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was a long summer for Niagara IceDogs forward Kirill Maksimov. The Russian winger was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (146-overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, then joined fellow Oilers prospects at Development Camp in Jasper, AB, in July where the forward got acquainted with many of the franchise's future hopefuls. In September, Maksimov suited up in the 2017 Young Stars Classic. The club ended the tournament a perfect 3-0-0 to win the circuit for the fourth year in a row and Maksimov had a major hand in that, having scored an amazing individual effort overtime tally to beat the Canucks 5-4 in overtime.

Last season, Maksimov posted 15 goals and seven assists in 29 games with the IceDogs. The skater is now back with the team and already off to a hot start registering three goals and four assists in five games to begin the campaign.

EdmontonOilers.com caught up with Maksimov for a brief update.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Bear's first as a pro

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers Rookies vs. NAIT-MacEwan All-Stars

The Oilers Rookies face the NAIT-MacEwan All-Stars in the Oilers Rookie Camp finale. Follow along with our game blog and watch live

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Rookies take on the NAIT-MacEwan All-Stars tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch the game on Oilers TV and YouTube, or listen on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Stay tuned for updates, videos, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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PRACTICE: Rookies skate at community rink

The Oilers Rookies took to the Rogers Place Community Rink ice Tuesday for a practice

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Oilers Rookies, fresh off their stellar Young Stars Classic performance in Penticton, BC, took to the Rogers Place Community Rink ice for a practice.

Oilers 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto led the stretches.

WRITTEN:

Check back Wednesday morning for our Morning Skate Report and video coverage as the Oilers Rookies take on the NAIT/MacEwan All-Star Team.

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