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DEV CAMP: Broberg's options

"I'm going to talk with Edmonton and see what they think would be best for me, and that's where I will play next year," Philip Broberg said

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Philip Broberg is no stranger to Edmonton.

Despite being a new face in the Oilers organization, the eighth-overall selection at this past weekend's NHL Draft made a big impression at Rogers Place last August using the Hlinka Gretzky Cup as a platform to showcase his promising speed, size, and offensive instincts.

"We had a good team there in the Hlinka tournament, and I had a good tournament as well," Broberg, speaking to the media at Oilers Development Camp on Monday, said. "So I'm comfortable being here in Edmonton, for sure."

The next step for the blueliner, who turns 18 years old on Tuesday, will be getting acclimated to the professional game and North American ice.

That task will involve a choice - returning to the Swedish Hockey League and Skelleftea AIK for another year, or crossing the pond to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, who own the Orebro, Sweden product's rights in the OHL.

"If I go back to Sweden I'll play in the SHL, and if I stay here I will play on the small ice and stuff like that," Broberg said. "But we'll see what's happening after I talk to Edmonton about it."

Video: DEV CAMP | Philip Broberg

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DEV CAMP: Mazura channelling his inner Hemsky with Oilers

"I mean, I've been following him, so I try to use my skill. His hands are pretty good so the bar is pretty high for that," Oilers sixth-round pick Tomas Mazura said of former Oiler Ales Hemsky

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - If you're wondering whether Czech Tomas Mazura had a picture of Ales Hemsky on his wall growing up, you may not be completely surprised by what you find out.

"Yeah, I did!" exclaimed the Oilers 2019 sixth-round selection Monday at Development Camp. 

Mazura, taken 162nd-overall this past weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft, became a member of the Oilers organization alongside his best friend and compatriot Matej Blumel (Round 4,100th-overall). And although he doesn't wear No. 83 on his jersey, he was a fan of Hemsky.

"I actually know him," the 6-foot-2 centre said. "My dad is good friends with him and we play tennis in the summer and stuff. We're not great friends but we know each other. I've been following him since when he played here."

Mazura hails from Pardubice, CZE, where Hemsky derives, so it shouldn't come as a shock that there's a connection. Hemsky suited up in 652 games with the Oilers, scoring 142 goals and 335 assists for 477 points.

Now, Mazura - who thinks he plays a similar style as 'Hemmer' - is trying to carve out a path with the Orange & Blue. 

Video: DEV CAMP | Tomas Mazura

"I mean, I've been following him, so I try to use my skill," Mazura, who had 14 goals and 40 assists with Kimball Union Academy last season, said. 

"His hands are pretty good so the bar is pretty high for that. But I go home, train, and then I skate with - because it's a small country so a lot of the guys, we know each other - a lot of NHL players and major junior players."

Mazura said he was overlooked frequently in Czech hockey programs while growing up due to his frame but the 181-pound pivot has since sprouted. The middleman wants to put on more weight and has been working out with the same trainer that developed Hemsky.

"I train with the same person that Hemsky trained with when he played," Mazura said. "I need to bulk up and put muscle on. That's my main priority. He does great workouts for me."

He'll get some assistance from the Oilers brass in the development department this week at Oilers Development Camp, and hopes all his hard work pays off in the form of acknowledgment from the Czech national hockey program.

"It's an honour to represent my country but at this point, I've worked hard for it and I think I deserve to be on it," Mazura said of potentially joining Czechs U20 squad.

"I've never been to one camp."

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DEV CAMP: Friendly Feud

Oilers prospects Evan Bouchard and Dmitri Samorukov took their rivalry on the ice to a new level this season during their seven-game OHL second-round series

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - After coming under the same banner of the Edmonton Oilers through separate draft classes, the skill of defencemen Dmitri Samorukov and Evan Bouchard met head on in the OHL Playoffs.

The pair of prospects duked it out for two seasons as respective blueliners for the Guelph Storm and London Knights before this past April's second-round series between the two clubs served as the battleground for organizational bragging rights after Bouchard was drafted 10th overall by the Oilers last June.

Bouchard and the Knights cruised to a three-games-to-none lead before Samorukov, a third-round pick in 2017, helped the Storm flip the script by winning four-straight contests to advance to the next round against the Saginaw Spirit, who featured Oilers forward prospect Ryan McLeod.

"I gave him some life in those first three games, then we decided to make a difference," Samorukov joked on Monday at Oilers Development Camp. "But it was fun. We played a lot against him and [Ryan McLeod] too, so it's always fun to play against your guys."

Video: DEV CAMP | Dmitri Samorukov

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DEV CAMP: Howson assesses Development Camp attendees

Oilers VP of Player Development Scott Howson provides an assessment of the state of the prospect pool

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers VP of Player Development Scott Howson kicked off this year's Development Camp by speaking to the media while the prospects underwent physical testing.

Howson shared his comments on the prospect pool, assessing the skaters that have been invited to Edmonton for the Oilers development event as well as others that couldn't make it.

See Howson's comments below.

Video: DEV CAMP | Scott Howson

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RELEASE: 21 players to attend Oilers Development Camp from June 24-27

The camp will feature four players selected by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, including first round draft pick Philip Broberg and second round selection Raphael Lavoie

by Press Release /

EDMONTON, AB - Twenty-one players will attend the 2019 Oilers Development Camp from June 24-27, including three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 11 forwards.

The camp will feature four players selected by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, including first round draft pick Philip Broberg and second round selection Raphael Lavoie.


In addition, there will be five players in attendance selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, five from the 2017 NHL Draft, three from the 2016 NHL Draft, one free agent signing, one player acquired in a trade and two camp invites.

All Oilers Development Camp on-ice sessions will take place in the Downtown Community Arena (located adjacent to Rogers Place) and will be open to the public at no charge. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each session. Seating will be limited and made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Oilers prospects will face off in the fifth annual Billy Moores Cup on June 27 at 6:00 PM MT to close out the camp.


NOTE - All on-ice sessions are open to the public. 

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DRAFT: The value of Lavoie

"We had him higher, obviously. I'll say that," said Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green

by Paul Gazzola /

VANCOUVER, BC - Bob Green had to stop and laugh before saying it.

Because it's cliché and repeated each year at the NHL Draft and Vancouver's 2019 edition was no different.

"Don't we always say we never expected to get...," joked the Oilers Director of Player Development, seated before the media after the Oilers 193rd selection, their final one. 

"We had him higher, obviously. I'll say that."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Draft Recap 06.22.19

'We' being Green, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland, Oilers Assistant General Manager Keith Gretzky and the rest of the scouting staff, and 'him' being second-round selection Raphael Lavoie.

The 38th-overall pick and Halifax Mooseheads power forward came into the Draft with projections of going anywhere from the mid-first to second round due to his frame, strength, scoring and playmaking ability. 

Luckily for the Oilers, Lavoie - sitting in the bowl awaiting his name to be announced - remained available when they were on the clock.

"We saw he was glaring there for us this morning when we got up," Green said. "We talked a little bit last night about him after we got to the hotel but there were lots of guys there that we liked. But we were happy to get him."

Video: THE PANEL | Draft Wrap-Up

The Chambly, QC, product was a force in the Mooseheads' playoff run, scoring 20 goals in 23 games but losing in the President's Cup Final to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Lavoie's stock elevated by the round and the forward - who can play centre or wing but prefers the latter - gained more exposure at the 2019 Memorial Cup where Halifax served as hosts.

"He had a great playoff," said Green. "He had a good Memorial Cup. I saw him out there. During the course of the year, I liked his game. He's a big, strong kid that can score. He makes plays with the puck, he's strong down low and he complements good players."

More eyes saw Lavoie during his extended season and that was when his performance saw new heights. The 18-year-old praised Halifax Head Coach Eric Veilleux for optimizing his output.

Video: DRAFT | Raphael Lavoie

"My coach this year was probably the best coach I've ever had in my life," Lavoie, who had six more postseason goals than the player behind him, said. "He's been great to me and he's a big reason and part of why I'm here."

The 6-foot-4, 199-pounder blends a medley of size, strength and poise but pointed out that Veilleux's instructions pieced it together.

"Talking to me about details when I don't have the puck or how to play the game in general," Lavoie said of the wisdom Veilleux shared.

"Just being an impact every night."

Lavoie didn't project where he would be next season but regardless, given his potential, the Oilers are happy to get a great value on their second-round pick.

That, Green said so himself.

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RELEASE: Oilers make six selections at 2019 NHL Draft

The Edmonton Oilers selected a total of six players on June 21-22 at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, including one goaltender, one defencemen and four forwards

by Press Release /

(Vancouver, BC) - The Edmonton Oilers selected a total of six players on June 21-22 at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, including one goaltender, one defencemen and four forwards.

Round 1, pick 8  
PLAYER: Philip Broberg   
HEIGHT: 6'3"   
WEIGHT: 200   
BIRTHDATE: June 25, 2001  


Round 2, pick 38  
PLAYER: Raphael Lavoie   
HEIGHT: 6'4"  
BIRTHDATE: September 25, 2000   


Round 3, pick 85  
PLAYER: Ilya Konovalov   
HEIGHT: 6'0"  
WEIGHT: 194  
BIRTHDATE: July 13, 1998   
CLUB TEAM: Yaroslavl (KHL) Link HERE.


Round 4, pick 100  
PLAYER: Matej Blumel   
HEIGHT: 6'0"  
BIRTHDATE: May 31, 2000   
CLUB TEAM: Waterloo (USHL) Link HERE.  


Round 6, pick 162  
PLAYER: Tomas Mazura  
HEIGHT: 6'2"  
WEIGHT: 170  
BIRTHDATE: September 23, 2000   
CLUB TEAM: Kimball Union (US-HS) Link HERE.


Round 7, pick 193  
PLAYER: Maxim Denezhkin  
HEIGHT: 5'10"   
WEIGHT: 165  
BIRTHDATE: December 10, 2000   
CLUB TEAM: Yaroslavl (KHL) Link HERE.

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DRAFT: Day 2 Live Blog

Follow along as Rounds 2 through 7 unfold at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver

by Paul Gazzola /

VANCOUVER, BC - Day 2 of the 2019 NHL Draft is over, with the Oilers selecting defender Philip Broberg, forwards Raphael Lavoie (38th), Matej Blumel (100th), Tomas Mazura (162nd), Maxim Denezhkin (193rd) and goaltender Ilya Konovalov (85th).

Get all news, videos and more from the Draft below.

Video: THE PANEL | Draft Wrap-Up


Video: OILERS TODAY | Draft Recap 06.22.19

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DRAFT: Get to know Matej Blumel

Get to know the Oilers 100th-overall selection from the 2019 NHL Draft

by Staff /

VANCOUVER, BC - Here is some information Oilers fans should know about the 100th-overall selection at the 2019 NHL Draft, Matej Blumel.

Matej Blümel - Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

HEIGHT: 5'11"
WEIGHT: 190 lbs
BORN: May 31, 2000
COMMITMENT: University of Connecticut
YOUTH TEAM: HC Dynamo Pardubice

NHL Draft Notes:

  • Ranked 107th among NA skaters on NHL Central Scouting Midterm rankings.

  • Had one goal in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

  • Hlinka Gretzky Memorial Cup Silver Medal with Czech Republic (2017-18)

  • U18 WJC Top-3 Player on Team (2017-18).

  • 60 points (30-30-60) in 58 games (2018-19), including 20 multi-point games, six three-point games and seven multi-goal games.

  • Had a six-game point streak (3-8-11) from November 17 - December 1, 2018.

  • Scored a hat trick (3-0-3) on October 6, 2018, at Central Illinois Flying Aces.

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DRAFT: Everything you need to know about Raphael Lavoie

Get to know the Oilers 38th-overall selection from the 2019 NHL Draft

by Staff /

VANCOUVER, BC - Here is everything Oilers fans need to know about Halifax Mooseheads forward Raphael Lavoie.

Raphael Lavoie - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
HEIGHT: 6'4"
WEIGHT: 190 lbs
BORN: September 25, 2000

NHL Draft Notes:

  • His 32 points ranked 2nd among players in the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs. His 20 goals led all players.

  • Became the 29th player in QMJHL history to record at least 20 goals in a single QMJHL postseason. He scored 17 goals in his first 16 postseason games this year.

  • Set a QMJHL record with 6 OT goals in a single season.

  • Played on a line with Samuel Asselin.

  • Antoine Morand, who captained this year's Mooseheads team and is an Anaheim Ducks prospect, was one of the players Lavoie relied on this season for advice.

  • Recorded 3 points (2G, 1A) in 4 games in the 2019 Memorial Cup. He was the top draft-eligible player at the tournament.

  • Drafted 29th overall by the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2016 QMJHL Draft.

Award History (2018-19):

  • QMJHL Best Professional Prospect

  • QMJHL Playoffs Most Goals (20)

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