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BLOG: Bourgault invited to Team Canada selection camp

Oilers 2021 first-round draft pick one of 35 players to compete for a spot on this year's World Juniors squad

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Xavier Bourgault will contend for Team Canada.

The Oilers 2021 first-round draft pick has been invited to Hockey Canada's selection camp for the squad that will represent the country at this year's World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer.

Bourgault, selected 22nd overall by Edmonton this past July, will be one of 21 forwards and 35 total players competing for spots on Team Canada at the Dec. 9-12 camp in Calgary.

The 19-year-old leads the Shawinigan Cataractes in scoring with 17 goals and 16 assists in 21 games this season, with his 33 points putting him sixth in the QMJHL scoring race. Bourgault is tied for second in goals in the league and leads the QMJHL in power-play markers with 10.

The L'Islet, Que., native attended 2021 Oilers training camp and scored during his NHL pre-season debut on Sept. 26 as part of Edmonton's 4-0 victory over the Flames in Calgary.

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FUTURE WATCH: Savoie secures another weekly honour

Oilers 2020 fourth-round pick scores five points in two Denver wins, ranks second in NCAA in goals and points per game

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Another week of Division 1 domination meant another weekly honour for Oilers forward prospect and University of Denver standout Carter Savoie.

Edmonton's fourth-round, 100th-overall selection from the 2020 NHL Draft delivered a five-point weekend for the Pioneers as they swept Western Michigan, scoring two goals and an assist on Friday and two more goals on Saturday to give him four multi-tally performances in 10 games already this season.

Tweet from @TheNCHC: Scoring ������ goals each night and totaling 5 points in a sweep of WMU, while having a hand in both GWGs...👉 @DU_Hockey's @CarterSavoie is the @BauerHockey #NCHChockey Forward of the Week for the 2nd time this year!📰: https://t.co/YhMeBGe04b#PioneerTogether | @EdmontonOilers pic.twitter.com/1r0plGeszC

Savoie scored both of his goals during Saturday's game in a span of 20 seconds in the second period, the third-fastest consecutive goals by a DU player in the last 20 years.

For his efforts, the 19-year-old was selected as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Forward of the Week for the second time in 2021-22. Savoie scored seven points in two games against Air Force on Oct. 15-16 to earn his first Forward of the Week honour of the season.

Savoie now has 10 goals and seven assists on the year to rank him second in the NCAA in goals and points per game. The St. Albert native and former standout forward with the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders scored 13 goals and seven assists in 24 games as a freshman last season.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Petrov to entry-level contract

Edmonton's 2021 sixth-round draft pick leads the OHL's North Bay Battalion with 18 points in 14 games this season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Matvey Petrov to a three-year, entry-level contract, the hockey club announced on Wednesday.

The sixth-round, 180th-overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft has scored 10 goals and eight assists in 14 games with the Ontario Hockey League's North Bay Battalion this season.

"I feel so good," Petrov said of inking his ELC via BattalionHockey.com. "I'm so happy to be part of the Edmonton Oilers organization. I'm looking forward to working hard in North Bay, and I'm honoured to be able to sign my first contract with the Oilers."

The 18-year-old was the first-overall pick in the 2020 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft and made his OHL debut in style on Oct. 7, scoring three goals and one assist vs. Peterborough.

He attended this year's Oilers Rookie Camp before getting returned to North Bay on Sept. 25.

Video: RAW | Matvey Petrov 09.19.21

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FUTURE WATCH: Bourgault bursts out of the gate in QMJHL

Oilers 2021 first-round draft pick has scored seven goals and seven assists in nine games with the Shawinigan Cataractes so far this season

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - An X-cellent start to the QMJHL season for Xavier Bourgault.

The 2021 first-round, 22nd-overall Oilers draft pick has scored seven goals and seven assists in nine games with the Shawinigan Cataractes, who currently lead the Western Conference.

The forward celebrated his 19th birthday in style on Friday, picking up a goal and a helper in a 3-1 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Bourgault's tally was the game-winner that night and capped off a streak of three consecutive victories in which he scored the deciding marker.

Bourgault buried 20 goals with 20 assists in 29 games during the abbreviated 2020-21 QMJHL season, following up his sophomore campaign in 2019-20 that saw him put up 33 goals and 38 assists in 63 appearances.

The L'Islet, Que., native also scored during his NHL pre-season debut on Sept. 26 as part of Edmonton's 4-0 victory over the Flames in Calgary.

Bourgault was invited to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team summer development camp and will look to parlay his strong start to the QMJHL season into an invite to the main selection camp for the squad that will suit up at the World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton and Red Deer.

The Cataractes will take on the Eastern Conference leading Quebec Remparts on Thursday.

Video: Oilers Goal: Xavier Bourgault (1) 09.26.21

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FUTURE WATCH: Savoie named NCHC forward of the week

Oilers 2020 fourth-round draft pick scores seven points in back-to-back University of Denver victories over Air Force Academy

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Sophomore Savoie is looking a lot like freshman Savoie.

Oilers 2020 fourth-round draft pick Carter Savoie is the reigning National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) forward of the week after scoring seven points in two games last weekend.

The University of Denver forward lit the lamp once during Friday's 4-1 victory over Air Force Academy and went off for three goals and three assists the following night in an 8-0 Pioneers win over the same Falcons squad. The six-point outburst set a conference record for single-game scoring.

Tweet from @TheNCHC: Totaling 7��� points in a sweep of Air Force, including his first career hat trick and setting an #NCHChockey record with 6 points on Saturday...@DU_Hockey's @CarterSavoie is the @BauerHockey Forward of the Week!📰: https://t.co/zZxoZU1eDz#PioneerTogether | @EdmontonOilers pic.twitter.com/LtEwhL6vom

The left-winger from St. Albert currently leads the NCHC in scoring with 11 points and is tied for first in the conference in goals with five and assists with six. Savoie, who is also on a four-game point streak to start the campaign, is second in scoring nationally but leads the NCAA with 2.75 points per game.

As a freshman in 2020-21, Savoie had a similarly hot start with six goals and two assists in his first six games, eventually finishing the season with 13 goals and seven assists in 24 appearances.

The Pioneers are the eighth-ranked team in the NCAA and will hit the road this weekend for matchups against 12th-ranked Providence College and 10th-ranked Boston College.

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FUTURE WATCH: Petrov picks up hat trick in OHL debut

Oilers 2021 sixth-round draft pick scores three times for the North Bay Battalion in a 7-4 win over the Peterborough Petes

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Quite the first impression for Matvey Petrov.

The Oilers 2021 sixth-round draft pick scored three times in his Ontario Hockey League debut on Thursday, leading the North Bay Battalion to a 7-4 win over the Peterborough Petes.

The 18-year-old was selected 180th overall by Edmonton during July's NHL Draft after tallying 22 goals and 20 assists in 58 games with MHK Krylia Sovetov in the Russian junior league.

Petrov was the first-overall selection in the 2020 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft but was unable to play for the Battalion last year due to the pandemic wiping out the entire OHL season.

He attended Oilers Rookie Camp last month before getting returned to North Bay on Sept. 25. Petrov also competed for Russia at the 2021 World Under-18 Championship in Texas.

Tweet from @OHLBattalion: Tell ���em how many, Matvey! A 3 goal debut, welcome to the @OHLHockey pic.twitter.com/70nOvbhMZG

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ROOKIE CAMP: Petrov learning English, loving new adventure

Russian forward has one year of experience with the English language; set to play in the OHL with the North Bay Battalion next season

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Matvey Petrov hasn't been speaking English for anything more than a year.

But if his first media availability is anything to judge from, the Russian forward already projects to be a great speaker of the language - let alone an exceptional hockey player.

The 2021 sixth-round pick is soaking in his first Oilers Rookie Camp this week, along with as much as he can about the English language and hockey in North America game from his teammates and coaches, in what has been an exciting introduction to his new NHL organization.

"It's very good for me," Petrov, speaking from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room on Sunday, said. "It's a new experience for me and I really love Canada and North America."

A first-overall pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft by the North Bay Battalion, Petrov would've had a bit of a head start on learning the language last season if it weren't for the cancellation of the 2020-21 OHL campaign due to the pandemic. The 18-year-old winger spent the last campaign in Russia's junior league, where he registered 22 goals and 42 points in 52 games with MHK Krylia Sovetov Moskva.

Video: RAW | Matvey Petrov 09.19.21

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RELEASE: Oilers statement on Dmitri Samorukov

Defenceman will be sidelined for six weeks with a jaw injury

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Dmitri Samorukov suffered a broken jaw in the first period of Saturday's rookie game at Rogers Place versus the Calgary Flames.

At this time, the 22-year-old blueliner does not require surgery, but he is expected to be out six weeks. Samorukov was selected by Edmonton in the third round (84th overall) in 2017.

The Russian scored two goals and six assists in 48 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season, one year after making his professional debut with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, with whom he recorded two goals and eight assists in 47 games.

Video: RAW | Dmitri Samorukov 09.15.21

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Oilers 2021 Rookie Camp Content

Oilers Rookie Camp continues as the prospects prepare for the Battle of Alberta

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers Rookies practiced at Rogers Place on Sunday following a 4-3 comeback victory over the Calgary Rookies on Saturday.

Forward Xavier Bourgault was on the ice following a late check from behind in last night's game but Jake Chiasson remains out after departing Thursday's practice with an upper-body injury. Dmitri Samorukov did not participate in Sunday's skate and the team announced that he will be out for six weeks with a broken jaw.

Check below for all Rookie Camp content from the week.

Video: ROOKIE CAMP | Sunday Skate 09.19.21

2021 ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER

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ROOKIE CAMP: A sizeable presence on defence

The overall stature of this crop of blueliners at Oilers Rookie Camp is a product of a recent organizational trend towards drafting big and mobile blueliners

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Redwoods won't be the only towering tree trunks in California this season.

The Bakersfield Condors, and the Edmonton Oilers organization as a whole, stand to benefit from a breadth of size, range, and mobility within the club's developing defensive prospects that are beginning to knock on the door of the National Hockey League.

"Some tall trees on the back end," Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "It's a uniquely-built back end."

Of the nine attendees patrolling the blueline at this week's Oilers Rookie Camp, eight clock in above the 6-foot-2 height line, with both defencemen Markus Niemelainen and Michael Kesselring standing at 6-foot-5.

Defenceman Yanni Kaldis, a camp invite and the lone prospect below the six-foot mark, suited up for 28 games and registered seven assists as part of Bakersfield's run to the Pacific Division championship last season.

"You mentioned their sizes, and that's something you can't teach as a coach," Woodcroft continued. "You can't teach someone to be 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5. They either have it or they don't, and our job as a coaching staff and an organization is to try and maximize what each person brings to the table."

Video: ROOKIE CAMP | Game Ready 09.17.21

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