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Preview: Oilers Rookies vs. Canucks Rookies

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

After three days of skating, scrimmages and drills, the Edmonton Oilers Rookies finally get their chance at some competitive game action as they take on the Vancouver Canucks Rookies at the Leduc Recreation Centre at 7:00 p.m. There's still a limited number of tickets remaining. The tickets are $20 and available through Ticketmaster.
Promising Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle is expected to anchor the top line between Philippe Cornet and Milan Kytnar, while Jamie Bates, Edmonton Oil King Brett Breitkreuz, and Stepan Novotny will make up the second line.

Springfield Falcons Head Coach Rob Daum, the man who will command the Oilers Rookies, confirmed that Bryan Pitton and Kurtis Mucha will share goaltending duties, with Pitton getting the start.  If you can't make it to the game, you can follow all the action right here at The game will be streamed live with Bob Stauffer calling play-by-play and Rob Brown providing colour commentary.

Vancouver's season got started last night with a 4-3 win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Kevin Connauton and Kellen Tochkin each had two goals in the victory.




59 Brett Breitkreuz
73 Burke Gallimore
53 Cameron Abney
62 Derek Hulak
75 Jamie Bates
72 Jeff Lee
14 Jordan Eberle
74 Jordan Skellet
87 Michael Burns
64 Milan Kytnar
23 Philippe Cornet
63 Stepan Novotny
51 Toni Rajala


76 Adrian Van de Mosselaer
48 Alex Plante
66 Dalton Prout
65 Dmitry Kostromitin
47 Jesse Dudas
29 Johan Motin
55 Jordan Bendfeld
86 R.J. Anderson


60 Andrew Perugini
50 Bryan Pitton
79 Kris Lazaruk
52 Kurtis Mucha
30 Olivier Roy
70 Torrie Jung

WHO TO WATCH: Jordan Eberle is the most gifted and explosive Oilers forward on their current rookie camp roster. The Team Canada hero from last year's world juniors will be called upon to provide some big offence for the team tonight... Philippe Cornet had a strong breakout season with 29 goals and 77 points in 63 games with Rimouski (QMJHL) and earned an invite to this year's World Junior tryout camp... Johan Motin is expected to help anchor the blueline in Springfield this season and has looked very steady throughout camp so far. .

INJURIES: Toni Rajala (leg) hasn't skated yet this camp...



71 Steven Anthony
62 Mario Bliznak
72 Dusty Collins
60 Matthew Ford
63 Pierre-Cedric Labrie
Dan Gendur
58 Joe Pleckaitis
53 Prab Rai
65 Sergei Shirokov
59 Justin Taylor
51 Kellen Tochkin
50 Eric Walsky


61 Kevin Connauton
52 Taylor Ellington
68 Mitch McColm
64 Evan Oberg
47 Yann Sauve
69 Michael Ward
Nolan Toigo


75 Bobby Nadeau
76 James Reid
Morgan Clark

WHO TO WATCH: Sergei Shirokov is a highly-touted rookie coming into this game. The 23-year-old had 17 goals and 41 points in 56 games in the KHL last season playing for Moscow and is expected to play a big role for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League this season. Shirokov picked up two assists last night... Defenceman Evan Oberg, 21, is turning pro after playing last season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Forestberg, Alberta native had 27 points in 43 games in his Sophomore campaign last year. Oberg had previously played for the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL.

INJURIES: Dan Gendur (illness) and Cody Hodgson (back) are out.

NOTEWORTHY: Last season, the Canucks rookies defeated the Oilers rookies 5-2 in Camrose. The rookie game features action both on and off the ice; Oilers Event Crew will be on site in Leduc with many activities, including the Top Shot challenge. A fan favourite, the Oilers Fanboni, will also be there and number of lucky fans will receive an Oilers t-shirts in-game.

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