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TALKING POINTS: Keegan Lowe's exit interview

Bakersfield Condors rearguard saw game action with the Oilers and spoke about that experience in his 2017-18 exit interview

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Keegan Lowe played a pair of games with the Oilers late in the 2017-18 season but was a fixture on the Bakersfield Condors' blueline, putting up two goals and 14 points in 52 American Hockey League games this season.

Lowe was arguably one of the Condors' most consistent defencemen, not only inclining his game throughout the campaign but also helping a young nucleus of rearguards on the club.

Tweet from @Condors: One of the leaders in the dressing room, @Klowe4 had a memorable year in the @EdmontonOilers organization. pic.twitter.com/HfolM80s4J

In his 2017-18 season exit interview, the 25-year-old reflected on the experience of playing for his hometown team, how he was able to help some of the young defence prospects in Bako and what he wants to work on in the off-season.

On suiting up with the Oilers:

"That was definitely really special. I was telling people before and after the game, I had played two games before that but it definitely felt like my first NHL game. The jitters were there, the nerves were there. It was really special to me and my parents, my family, my grandma and people like that. It was definitely a dream come true and I'll remember it forever."

On helping young defence prospects Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha this season:

"We had a very good mix of young and not old but more veteran Dmen. There's lots of promise in the Bears and Jones of the world. It was fun to play alongside those guys. Whenever they needed help, I was always there for them for advice. But I also learned a lot playing with those guys too, they're both really skilled with the puck and have a lot of poise. The older guys don't just learn from the younger guys but the younger guys learn from the older guys as well."

On the improvements he wants to make in the off-season:

"Just continue to round out my game. Hopefully, work on the offensive side a bit. Try to contribute a little more. Work on my hands and puck skills a little more. Continue to improve in all areas. The game is constantly speeding up and getting quicker, faster and more skilled so you have to keep up."

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR 17-18: Round 1, Game J

In Round 1, Game J, Leon Draisaitl's overtime winner against the New Jersey Devils stacks up against his one-timer versus Vancouver

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game J, Leon Draisaitl's overtime winner against the New Jersey Devils stacks up against his one-timer versus Vancouver.

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR 17-18: Round 1, Game I

In Round 1, Game I, it's Connor McDavid's hard-earned marker versus Al Montoya's great save

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, edmontonoilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game I, it's Connor McDavid's hard-earned marker versus Al Montoya's great save.

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RELEASE: Hockey Helps Kids Returns for Fourth NHL Season

School applications are open now until May 18, 2018

by Press Release / OilersFoundation.ca

(Edmonton, AB) - On the heels of another successful Hockey Helps Kids season, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced that the exciting philanthropic initiative for junior high school students, Hockey Helps Kids, will return for its fourth NHL season as a key program for the Edmonton Oilers and EOCF. Applications for schools to participate in the program for this upcoming 2018-19 campaign are now open. Four schools will be selected following an interview process.

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BLOG: McDavid pays visit to Humboldt and Saskatoon

Oilers Captain visited the Saskatchewan communities and spent time with survivors from the Humboldt Broncos bus crash

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - These things extend beyond the game.

And Connor McDavid knows that, paying a visit to Humboldt and Saskatoon, SK, to visit survivors and those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that occurred on April 6.

The Oilers Captain paid his respects to the victims at Humboldt's Elgar Petersen Arena, standing at centre ice alongside Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O'Reilly. McDavid also made a hospital visit, spending time with survivors of the fatal tragedy.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Connor McDavid & Ryan O'Reilly visited Humboldt & Saskatoon yesterday to spend time with members of the @HumboldtBroncos still in hospital & pay their respects to those affected by the tragedy. #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/2jVb1Pkzf8

On Tuesday, a celebration of the lives of local Humboldt Broncos players Parker Tobin, Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter was held at Rogers Place.

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR 17-18: Round 1, Game H

In Round 1, Game H, it's Mark Letestu's late shorthanded marker versus Leon Draisaitl's one-timer in Vegas

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, edmontonoilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game H, it's Mark Letestu's late shorthanded marker versus Leon Draisaitl's one-timer in Vegas.

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR 17-18: Round 1, Game G

In Round 1, Game G, it's Connor McDavid's deke goal on Pekka Rinne up against Ty Rattie's top-shelf snipe on Malcolm Subban

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, edmontonoilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game G, it's Connor McDavid's deke goal on Pekka Rinne up against Ty Rattie's top-shelf snipe on Malcolm Subban.

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TALKING POINTS: Gerry Fleming closes the 2017-18 season

Condors Head Coach discussed the season at a glance, the progression of many young Oilers prospects and Ty Rattie's new contract with Edmonton

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Bakersfield Condors ended their 2017-18 season on Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Ontario Reign.

The club finished the campaign with a 31-27-9-1 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs by way of a .529 points percentage. 

The farmhand saw plenty of development throughout the season, with Ty Rattie, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha seeing tangible improvements in their game. Rattie was re-signed on Saturday, Bear ended the year with the Oilers while Jones and Mantha took developmental steps despite being sidelined with injuries.

Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming spoke on a number of topics in his end of season interview.

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BLOG: 2018 Draft final rankings

Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin and right wing Andrei Svechnikov lead international and N.A. rankings, respectively

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and right wing Andrei Svechnikov of the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts maintained their No. 1 ranking among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

"Dahlin is the real deal and the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft," said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr via press release. "He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and pace of a game with or without the puck. The icing on the cake with Dahlin is that he's an ultra-competitive player and a high-character person who leads by example."

The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 14 goaltenders internationally.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, marking the first time the city will host the event.

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