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FUTURE WATCH: Lavoie extends goal streak to three games

Oilers forward prospect hits double digits on the season, sits two back of HockeyAllsvenskan leaders

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The goals just keep coming for Raphael Lavoie.

The Oilers forward prospect scored for the third consecutive game on Sunday during Vasby's 5-3 win over Bjorkloven, giving him 10 tallies in 20 games on the HockeyAllsvenskan season.

The 20-year-old found the back of the net in all three of Vasby's games over the past seven days, earning him a spot among the Swedish league's top three forwards of the week.

Lavoie now sits just two goals back of the league lead as two players are tied for first with 12 tallies. The 2019 second-round pick also had an assist on Sunday to give him 14 total points.

Lavoie will look to extend his goal streak to four games in Vasby's next matchup against Timra coming up on Thursday.

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RELEASE: Oilers loan Kemp to Vasby IK

Defenceman signed entry-level contract last week, will join fellow prospect Lavoie with HockeyAllsvenskan squad

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have loaned defenceman Philip Kemp to Vasby IK of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The Oilers signed Kemp to a three-year entry-level contract on Nov. 25 after he spent the last three seasons with the NCAA's Yale Bulldogs, scoring nine goals and 18 assists in 88 games.

The 21-year-old was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie is also on loan with Vasby IK.

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FUTURE WATCH: Lavoie among league leaders in goals

Oilers prospect continues to produce in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan, tied for fifth in tallies with nine

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie scored for the second game in a row on Friday to give him nine goals in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan this season.

The 20-year-old tallied Vasby's third and final goal against Timra in a 5-3 defeat, netting the equalizer on the power play in the middle frame before the opposition scored twice in the third for the win.

His ninth goal in 19 games this season came two days after he lit the lamp for his eighth during Wednesday's 7-2 loss to MODO. Lavoie also has three assists for 12 total points in his first professional endeavour on loan from the Oilers organization.

The 38th-overall pick in 2019 is just three goals off the HockeyAllsvenskan lead, as Oskar Steen of Bjorkloven and Henrik Bjorklund of Karlskoga are tied for first with a dozen each.

Lavoie scored 38 goals in 55 games in the QMJHL during the 2019-20 season.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Kemp to entry-level contract

Defenceman spent the last three seasons with the NCAA's Yale Bulldogs, was drafted 208th overall in 2017

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilerd have agreed to terms with defenceman Philip Kemp on a three-year entry-level contract through the 2022-23 season.

Kemp, 21, appeared in 32 games with the NCAA's Yale Bulldogs in the ECAC during the 2019-20 season, recording 11 points (three goals, eight assists), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating. His 11 points ranked second among Yale defencemen and he was also named to the ECAC All-Academic Team.

Kemp was named Yale's team captain for the 2020-21 season, which was cancelled on Nov. 12 as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound blueliner spent the last three seasons with the Bulldogs, appearing in 88 games, accumulating 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists), 53 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating. Kemp has been named to the ECAC All-Academic Team in each of his three seasons at Yale.

The Greenwich, Connecticut native has represented USA Hockey several times internationally, most recently at the 2019 World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal. He also played for Team USA at the 2017 World Under-18 Championship and the 2016 World Under-17 Challenge.

Kemp was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 208th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.

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RELEASE: Oilers mourn the passing of Fred Sasakamoose

First Canadian Indigenous player to compete in the NHL was a dear friend of the organization

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers organization is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, hockey trailblazer and First Nations icon Fred Sasakamoose.

Sasakamoose became the first Canadian Indigenous player to compete in the National Hockey League when he suited up for 11 games with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953-54.

He was an integral part of Edmonton's first-ever Celebration of First Nations Hockey at Rexall Place in 2014, he performed the ceremonial puck-drop prior to the Oilers vs. Blackhawks game in December 2017 in recognition of his appointment to the Order of Canada, and he often travelled from Ahathkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan to attend games with youth from his community.

Sasakamoose was also inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

"On behalf of the entire Oilers organization, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Fred's family and many friends," said Oilers Chairman Bob Nicholson. "Fred was a great man whose true passion and dedication to the game of hockey will be greatly missed, but his legacy will be forever lasting.

"Fred made an extraordinary impact on the hockey world, helping develop minor hockey and sports programs across Saskatchewan after playing in the NHL. Fred was one of the first Indigenous-born athletes to play in the NHL and served as a role model for indigenous athletes across Canada, leaving an amazing impact on many along the way. He will be greatly missed by his many friends with the Oilers and throughout the hockey community." 

Video: CHI@EDM: Fred Sasakamoose drops the ceremonial puck

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RELEASE: Lagesson reassigned to Kristianstads IK

Oilers defenceman will continue to play in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan after suiting up for HC Vita Hasten earlier this season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have assigned defenceman William Lagesson to Kristianstads IK of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan.

The 24-year-old started the 2020-21 season with HC Vita Hasten of the same second-division circuit in his home country, scoring three goals and six assists in 11 games.

Lagesson signed a two-year contract extension with the Oilers on Nov. 4. The deal is a two-way contract in year one and a one-way contract in year two, carrying an average annual value of $725,000.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound blueliner played his first eight NHL games during the 2019-20 season and also appeared in 25 games with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, posting three goals and seven assists.

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BLOG: Four Oilers find twine with European clubs

Puljujarvi, Broberg, Bouchard and Nygard each light the lamp during Friday and Saturday's action in Finland and Sweden

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's been a goal frenzy for Oilers players in Europe over the last two days, with four guys finding twine for their respective Swedish or Finnish squads.

Evan Bouchard continued his impressive stint with Sodertalje SK in Sweden's second division HockeyAllsvenskan, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist on Friday in a 5-2 victory. The defenceman now has six tallies and 10 helpers in 19 games during his loan.

The other half of Edmonton's "Killer B's" blueline prospects, Philip Broberg, found the back of the net on Saturday for Skelleftea AIK in the first division Swedish Hockey League. The 2019 first-round pick is up to two goals and five assists in 19 games during his loan, compared to the one goal and seven assists he scored in 45 games with Skelleftea last season.

Sticking in Sweden, Oilers forward Joakim Nygard scored his first goal of the SHL season for Farjestad BK in a 3-2 win on Saturday and now has three points in nine games during his loan. The speedy winger missed some time earlier this season after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on his finger that was originally injured with the Oilers last year.

Crossing the Gulf of Bothnia to Finland, Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi scored his second overtime winner of the Liiga season for Oulun Kärpät in a 5-4 triumph on Saturday, giving him seven goals and four assists in 14 games. Puljujarvi is tied for eighth in goals in the top Finnish league.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: 🚨 JP with the GWG 🚨(🎥 @OulunKarpatFi) pic.twitter.com/H55dLmTQrB

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BLOG: McDavid, Draisaitl ranked among top three centres

NHL Network has Oilers captain in top spot again while reigning league MVP checks in third behind Colorado's MacKinnon

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have two of the top three centreman in the league heading into next season, according to NHL Network's annual player rankings.

For the third straight year, Connor McDavid was selected as the top middle-man in the NHL, while reigning Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross award winner Leon Draisaitl ranks third, with Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon sandwiched between them at number two.

"He's faster than anyone who's ever played," NHL Network's Mike Johnson said of McDavid, who finished second in league scoring behind Draisaitl in 2019-20 with 97 points in 64 games. "The combination of his speed, his hands and, maybe most importantly, his mind... He is, by a good margin, the best offensive player in the world."

"What he can do on the ice, five-on-five and five-on-four, is amazing," Johnson said of Draisaitl, who surpassed 100 points for the second straight season, leading the NHL with 110 in 71 games. "There's nothing he can't do."

McDavid and Draisaitl became the first teammates to finish one-two in NHL scoring since Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos did so during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

Video: McDavid places 1st on the top 20 centers list

Video: Draisail places 3rd on the top 20 centers list

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WORLD JUNIORS: Holloway starting Canada camp in small cohort

Oilers 2020 first-round pick will skate with fellow NCAA players for first two weeks of World Juniors selection camp

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - There are 46 players alongside Dylan Holloway at Hockey Canada's selection camp in Red Deer, but he'll only be allowed to skate with two of them for the first two weeks.

The Oilers first-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft spent the last two and half months at the University of Wisconsin, participating in college classes, training with the Badgers hockey team and ultimately playing the first two games of his sophomore NCAA season this past weekend.

The 14th-overall selection scored in each game as the Badgers swept their road back-to-back against Notre Dame. Holloway then headed north on Sunday, flying to Calgary and briefly seeing his parents who drove in from Bragg Creek before finishing his trek to Red Deer.

Because he arrived from the United States, the forward is only permitted to skate in a small cohort that includes fellow NCAA players Devon Levi of Northeastern and Alex Newhook of Boston College for the first two weeks of camp, due to Hockey Canada's health and safety protocols.

Fortunately for Holloway, the camp runs until Dec. 13 so he'll have plenty of time to showcase his skills with the full group and participate in exhibition games against U SPORTS all-stars. From there, the final team will be picked to participate in the IIHF World Junior Championship, running Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

"It's definitely super special," Holloway told Post Media. "I have to make the team first, but the fact that it is in Edmonton and that's the team that drafted me is pretty crazy and something I'm definitely not going to take for granted. The whole idea is something I'm super, super excited about."

Holloway won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton.

Video: ASK AN OILER | Dylan Holloway

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BLOG: NHL, adidas unveil Reverse Retro jerseys

Oilers sweater inspired by 1979-80, will be worn multiple times still to be determined during upcoming season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The NHL and adidas unveiled the Reverse Retro ADIZERO authentic jerseys for all 31 teams on Monday, with the Oilers sweater inspired by the 1979-80 season.

The Reverse Retro jerseys will be worn in 2020-21, marking the first time in history that all 31 teams have participated in a league-wide alternate jersey program. adidas worked closely with the NHL and each team to design a Reverse Retro jersey representing unique and historical moments in each club's history, while refreshing the colour and design combination for an all-new presentation.

Edmonton's Reverse Retro jersey pays homage to the team's debut NHL threads, though this will be the first time the Oilers have ever worn an orange yoke on a white jersey.

Each team will wear the Reverse Retro jersey in multiple games during the upcoming NHL season, with special head-to-head matchups featuring exciting and renewed rivalries, both old and new, which the league will announce at a later date.

The Reverse Retro jerseys for all 31 teams will be available Tuesday, Dec. 1 for $200-$250 in Canada and $180-$225 in the U.S. at adidas.ca, adidas.com, NHLShop.ca, NHLShop.com and team stores exclusively, with wider availability at additional retailers starting Sunday, Dec. 6. Fans outside North America will be able to purchase Reverse Retro jerseys at NHLShop.com starting Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Brewed with #OilCountry passion. Introducing the #Oilers adidas #ReverseRetro jersey. Hitting the ice in 2021. pic.twitter.com/5xQcOj8OyS

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