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FUTURE WATCH: McLeod adopting NHL mindset in Mississauga

The Oilers 2018 second-round pick is putting lessons learned from NHL pre-season into play with the Mississauga Steelheads in a bid to crack World Juniors with Canada

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - When you find a groove, you roll with it.

During this past Oilers Main Camp and NHL pre-season, centre Ryan McLeod found the formula.

The Mississauga Steelheads forward barely had time to decompress after impressing management and teammates alike with his blazing speed and playmaking ability in four-straight pre-season games with the Oilers back in September, where he recorded three assists.

McLeod's extended stint with the big club meant he'd miss the first two games of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season, but the lessons learned for the Oilers 2018 second-round selection (40th-overall) would make up the difference. The 19-year-old has since helped his hometown Steelheads recover from a 0-2 start with a goal and five assists in his first four games after going deep into pre-season as one of the Oilers final 16 forwards.

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FUTURE WATCH: Maksimov leading the pack

Niagara IceDogs forward and Oilers 2017 fifth-round draft pick Kirill Maksimov is up to 11 goals and 19 points in 12 games this season, helping lead the pack for the IceDogs offensively

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Leading the pack comes naturally when you're the top dog.

Kirill Maksimov can confirm. 

The Niagara IceDogs forward hasn't had to chase the puck to get his sniffs at the net this year. By piling nine goals and 14 points in the first eight outings of 2018-19, Maksimov's dogged pursuit to fill the cage has Niagara Head Coach Billy Burke allowing the 19-year-old to run free.

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FEATURE: Marody eager for first NHL experience

Forward skated with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic on the Oilers third line on Monday and could potentially be in the lineup against the Pens on Tuesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Cooper Marody couldn't fully express his excitement.

He had to think back to the past when he was a child working on his craft at home in Michigan to find the words to say when asked about the prospect of playing his first career National Hockey League game, which could come Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I can't really put it into words," Marody, who skated on the Oilers third line with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic, said. 

"You dream about this as a kid. All the long days on the ice rink in my backyard working, shooting pucks in the garage and stuff like that is starting to pay off here."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Cooper and Blue 10.22.18

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FUTURE WATCH: Condors learning curve

The first two games of the 2018-19 AHL season provided the highs, lows, and plenty of lessons for a young Bakersfield Condors team

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was a night of milestones for the Bakersfield Condors in their American Hockey League (AHL) season opener.

A young Condors team got more than the start they needed in an 8-1 thrashing of the Stockton Heat on Oct. 5, recording eight goals for the most by an AHL team in their opening game since 2013 and tying the franchise's AHL record for goals in a game.

Adding to the records, four power-play goals matched an all-time high for the Condors, and centre Brad Malone's four-point night (1G, 3A), including a shorthanded marker, tied for the most by a Bakersfield player in one game.

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GAME STORY: Flames Rookies 6, Oilers Rookies 3

Evan Polei nets a goal and assist but the Oilers Rookes lose 6-3 to the Flames Rookies in Red Deer

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

RED DEER, AB - Adam Ruzicka's breakaway goal in the third period was the game-winner, as the Oilers managed to come back from a three-goal first-period deficit but were ultimately topped by their provincial rivals 6-3 on Wednesday.

Evan Polei - the former Red Deer Rebel - notched a goal and assist while Luke Esposito and Cameron Hebig rounded out the rest of the scoring for Edmonton.

Olivier Rodrigue manned the twine for the first two periods then Stuart Skinner took over in the third.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Rookie Camp Wrap-up

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WATCH LIVE AND GAME BLOG: Oilers Rookies vs. Flames Rookies

The Oilers Rookies look for redemption against the Calgary Flames Rookies at ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer on Wednesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Rookies face the Calgary Flames Rookies at ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer on Wednesday.

Watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com at 7:00 PM MDT.

Video: LIVE: Oilers Rookies vs. Flames Rookies

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers Rookies vs. Flames Rookies

The Oilers Rookies look for redemption against the Flames Rookies Wednesday night in Red Deer

by Paul Gazzola & Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Rookies face the Calgary Flames Rookies at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer Wednesday night.

Watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com at 7:00 PM MDT.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. Flames Rookies

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BLOG: Jones gaining momentum ahead of Oilers Main Camp

Oilers prospect has two straight solid performances as he picks up steam ahead of this week's Oilers Main Camp

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Mr. Jones.

After getting the stamp of approval from Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft on Monday, Caleb Jones put together his second straight quality outing, scoring two goals and two assists against the NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars in the Oilers Rookies' 9-1 victory on Tuesday.

Jones' performance has resulted in three goals, six points and a whole lot of confidence as he heads into this week's Oilers Main Camp. The rearguard, however, isn't concerned about his stat line.

"It's not really necessarily about the numbers," Jones said post-game. "You want to make sure your game - your defensive game - is on par. That was a big part of the third period. I was trying to make sure that I wasn't playing the score or doing things that wouldn't work in Oilers Main Camp.

Video: POST-GAME RAW | Jones 09.11.18

"That was a big thing for me, making sure my defensive game is sound."

The 2015 fourth-round selection orchestrated a beautiful tally on his first of two on Tuesday. The blueliner caught a pass from Tyler Benson within the offensive zone then proceeded to patiently outwait goaltender Marc-Olivier Daigle as he was out of position, sounding the goal horn with a wraparound.

"Benny made a great pass," said Jones of the goal. "I was surprised he got it to me. It was right on the money. He made another one to me the other night, so he keeps finding me I guess (laughing). I just got my head up and saw that he was sliding. I knew if I could just wait it out I would have a wide-open net and it happened to go in."

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GAME STORY: Oilers Rookies 9, NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars 1

Defenceman Caleb Jones was explosive with a four-point night as the Oilers routed the NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars 9-1 at Rogers Place

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It would not be the same fate this time around for the Oilers Rookies against the NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars.

Defenceman Caleb Jones carried the play with two goals and two assists, while Tyler Benson and Ryan McLeod had three-point nights as a plethora of shots yielded plenty of goals Tuesday night for the rookies in a 9-1 thrashing at Rogers Place.

The rookies peppered NAIT/MacEwan goalies Marc-Olivier Daigle and Brendan Jensen for 68 shots, exceeding last year's total of 49 that ended in a 2-0 loss for the Oilers.

Blueliners Evan Bouchard and Jake Kulevich both added two helpers, and centre Tyler Vesel posted a goal and assist.

Video: OILERS TODAY | NAIT-MacEwan Post

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WATCH LIVE AND GAME BLOG: Oilers Rookies vs. NAIT/MacEwan

The Oilers Rookies host the NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars at Rogers Place on Tuesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Rookies host the NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

Watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com at 7:00 PM MDT.

Video: LIVE | Oilers vs. MacEwan/NAIT All-Stars

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