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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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BLOG: Rogers Place rookies

"The first time I came in here I saw the jerseys and I was pretty pumped to get out there on the actual rink. We want to impress the fans and show them what we got," said forward Ryan McLeod

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Making your debut in an Oilers uniform is a special moment, but your first inside Rogers Place in front of your fans is unforgettable.

"Take it all in," said right-winger Kailer Yamamoto, who made his home debut in this fixture last pre-season against NAIT/MacEwan. "It's an unbelievable experience and something you'll never forget.

"We put in a good workout practice yesterday and a good pregame skate today, so I think the boys are going to be ready to go."

From the moment the rookies took to the ice of Rogers Place for the start of Oilers Rookie Camp last Thursday, players like Ryan McLeod couldn't wait for their opportunity to suit up for the real thing.

The opportunity to right Sunday's loss to the Flames Rookies adds fuel to the fire.

"The first time I came in here I saw the jerseys and I was pretty pumped to get out there on the actual rink," McLeod said. "We lost to these guys last year so this is a game we want to win. We want to impress the fans and show them what we got."

Video: PRE-RAW | Olivier Rodrigue 09.11.18

Goaltender Olivier Rodrigue, who'll earn his first minutes of the pre-season when he plays the final 20 minutes tonight for the Oilers Rookies, will earn both debuts after a solid week of practice and coaching with goalkeeping coaches Dustin Schwartz and his father, Sylvain Rodrigue.

"It feels great. I'm really excited about it," Rodrigue said. "I think I've had a few good practices here, so I'll enjoy every moment.

"We have to bounce back. Even if we are in preseason we want to be the best, so we want to be better every day."

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers Rookies vs. NAIT/MacEwan All-Stars

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

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers Rookies face the Nait/MacEwan All-Stars in their second tune-up of Rookie Camp at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

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

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. NAIT/MacEwan

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BLOG: Bouchard setting an example

The Oilers 2018 first-round pick has been a steady presence in Rookie Camp backing up his NHL ambitions with strong on-ice performance

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - One of the biggest oversights by rookies coming into camp is trying to overperform.

During the first official meeting of the Oilers Rookies last week when camp opened formal proceedings, Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft tried to quash that possibility.

"Right from day one in our opening meeting we tried to impart on our young players that we want them to just play and not overthink things," Woodcroft said to the media on Monday.

"Bring what you bring to the table to truly show why you're here."

The first-year Bako bench boss knows what Oilers first-round pick Evan Bouchard brings, exemplified on Sunday against the Flames Rookies in Calgary with his innate passing sense and the ability to get shots off from the blue line.

Video: RAW | Woodcroft 09.10.18

"I think what we saw last night in Bouch was a poised player - somebody who gets his shot through on the back end and someone who can make passes," Woodcroft continued. "I think he sprung two or three guys on breakaways and 2-on-1's."

After showing strongly in Sunday's contest Bouchard showed well in the game footage, proving the 19-year-old is doing the right things developing into a well-rounded NHL defenceman.

"What I also saw that was a good surprise was that he showed up in a lot of positive clips in our breakout, and I think he came into that game wanting to make a statement, Woodcroft said of the 10th overall pick by the Oilers in 2018. "He did very well and the big thing was he came to practice today with the mindset of getting better, and he did."

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FEATURE: Benson shining at Oilers Rookie Camp

Held back by injury in each of the past two Oilers Rookie Camps, forward Tyler Benson has a reason to smile in his third go at the event

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Two chipped front teeth from a high stick and a 7-3 loss to the Flames couldn't stop Tyler Benson from cheesing on Monday. 

The local Oilers prospect has reason to show his jagged whites - no matter how uneven they hang at the moment.

One: he's healthy. 

Two: he's participating.

And three: he's making his case at Rookie Camp, as evidenced by his play Sunday in Calgary where the Edmontonian was arguably the best Oiler on the ice. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Rookies Day 5

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