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FUTURE WATCH: Stuart Skinner caught up with Swift Current Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner to talk about his eventful season, his ability to take a game over and preparations for a playoff run

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EDMONTON, AB - Goaltender Stuart Skinner showed his ability to steal a game at the 2017 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC, over the summer. The 19-year-old backstopped the Oilers Rookies to a 3-0 victory against the Winnipeg Jets Rookies, stopping all 26 shots he faced including many spectacular saves. The 2017 third-rounder entered the 2017-18 season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes but was traded to the Swift Current Broncos at the WHL Trade Deadline. caught up with the netminder to talk about his eventful season, his game-changing ways and preparations for a playoff run.

Video: MINORS MINUTE | Hebig, Yamamoto stay hot

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Condors Week Content on and Oilers TV were on location in Bakersfield gathering exclusive content on the club's AHL affiliate and their players

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - It's Condors Week on With the Oilers on their bye week, we sent a crew down to Bakersfield, California to check in on some of the club's prospects and gather exclusive content.

We'll release fresh videos and features daily until the Oilers return to practice on Friday.

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FEATURE: Mantha focused on becoming reliable player

Oilers defensive prospect Ryan Mantha is focused on his personal development and becoming a reliable professional player

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

BAKERSFIELD, CA - In speaking with Ryan Mantha, you wouldn't be able to tell he was a rookie.

For a 21-year-old defenceman navigating his way through his first professional season in the American Hockey League, he seems mature beyond his years.

Video: CONDORS | Marinating in the Minors

"He's a little bit older, he's a little bit more mature than some of the other guys, where they might be a little more carefree," said Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming. "Ryan is very goal-oriented in the way he structures his life, not only as a player but off the ice as well."

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BLOG: Pair of prospects traded in WHL

Wrap up from the WHL Trade Deadline

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig has been acquired by the Regina Pats in the WHL.

Saskatoon traded Hebig and goaltender Ryan Kubic to Regina, in exchange for goaltender Tyler Brown, forward Bryan Lockner, a first-round pick in 2020, a second-round pick in 2020, a third-round pick in 2019, and a third in 2021.

Hebig is having a career year this season, scoring 30 goals and recording 28 assists in 40 games for the Blades. The Oilers signed the 20-year-old forward to a three-year entry-level deal in December.

Hebig will play at the 2018 Memorial Cup in May, as Regina is the host team.

On Tuesday, another Oilers prospect was on the move.

Swift Current acquired goaltender Stuart Skinner, Giorgio Estephan, and Tanner Nagel from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In return, Lethbridge received seven pieces, including four players, a first-round pick in the 2020 Bantam Draft, a third-round pick in 2020, and a conditional second-round pick.

Skinner has an .897 save percentage and 3.38 goals-against average in 31 games this season.

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FEATURE: Oilers excited with early showings of 2017 draft class

Oilers Assistant General Manager Keith Gretzky says the team's 2017 selections are living up to expectations thus far

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers made seven picks at the 2017 NHL Draft, hauling in three wingers, a goaltender, a centre, and two defencemen. So far, the picks appear to be very promising.

"We're happy," said Oilers Assistant General Manager Keith Gretzky. "You learn from each draft and you can't get too high or too low. They're kids."

Gretzky makes a good point. These "kids" are less than one year removed from being drafted, so it's hard to judge their value or promise this early, but it's hard not to like some of the early returns.

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BLOG: Yamamoto, USA take home bronze

Update from the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Kailer Yamamoto and Team USA take home a bronze medal at the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo, NY, following a 9-3 victory over Czech Republic.

Yamamoto played just 12 shifts for a total of 9:00, none in the third.

Fellow Oilers prospect Ostap Safin was pointless for the Czechs in 8:42 of ice time. He had one shot on net and was -1.

Canada plays Sweden for gold today. No Oilers prospects are in that game.

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BLOG: Rattie named AHL All-Star

Condors forward Ty Rattie named to 2018 AHL All-Star Classic

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The American Hockey League has announced Ty Rattie has been named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Game.

Rattie leads the Bakersfield Condors in scoring with 22 points (11-11-22) through 31 games this season.

The 24-year-old winger was taken in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played 35 NHL games in his career, recording four goals and six assists.

Edmonton signed Rattie to a one-year deal on July 1, during the free-agent signing period.

The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic will be held January 28-29 in Utica, NY.

Earlier today, goalie prospect Shane Starrett was named to the 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic. The rookie netminder has a .926 save percentage and 2.52 goals-against average for the Wichita Thunder this season.

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FEATURE: Rasanen gives Finland 'muck and grind' game

Oilers prospect Aapeli Rasanen competed for Finland at the 2018 World Juniors

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to

BUFFALO, NY - In 2016, Aapeli Rasanen and Team Finland won the IIHF U18 World Championship and, with largely the same group of players, they were hoping for the same result at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but a 4-3 shootout loss to Czech Republic in the quarterfinals put an abrupt end to that goal on Tuesday afternoon. 

Rasanen scored a power-play goal in the loss and finished the tournament with four goals in five games and, for the second year in a row, was one of the best faceoff men at the event - winning 64% of his draws for Finland this year.

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BLOG: Yamamoto scores as USA downs Russia

Update from the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo as the Americans beat Russia

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Americans pulled off a 4-2 victory over the Russians in the 2018 World Junior quarterfinals.

Oilers prospect Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal at 14:34 of the first for Team USA, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead.

Tweet from @usahockey: @kailer_yamamoto!!#TeamUSA now leading Russia, 2-1, with 5:26 left in the 1st. #USAWJC

Things got dicey for USA in the third when Team Russia tied things up at 3:39 of the final frame. But Kieffer Bellows and Joey Anderson each scored to lift the Americans to a win.

For Russia, Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov assisted on the third-period equalizer. He finished the game -2, playing 29:50.

Yamamoto finished with his goal on three shots and 18:26 of ice time.

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FEATURE: Safin showing complete game at World Juniors

Oilers prospect Ostap Safin is trying to show he's a complete player as he looks to lead the Czechs to tournament success

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to

BUFFALO, NY - After being drafted this summer by the Edmonton Oilers, Ostap Safin knew it was time to play hockey in North America. While he was looking to transition to the CHL to play on a smaller ice surface, against better competition, and have an opportunity to improve his english, he hoped it also meant a trip to Buffalo with Team Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

"I've played for U16, U17, U18, of course I wanted to play at world juniors, but my first goal was to play good in Canada and show my skills on the smaller ice and hopefully that means making this team too. It's an honor to play for the national team," said the 6-foot-4, 191 pound native of Prague. 

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