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BLOG: Ty Rattie worked all summer to be McDavid's right-side man

"Every single player in the world wants to play on the right side of that line and if I'm lucky to get that chance, I'll do whatever I can to not let it go," said forward Ty Rattie

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's a "do or die" season for Oilers forward Ty Rattie.

"I've had my chances and been through a few teams and you can only have so many chances before the whole League just says, 'Maybe you can't do it,'" Rattie explained Thursday at Oilers Main Camp, where players underwent medicals and fitness testing.

The 25-year-old Airdrie, AB, native spent the last year as a leading goal-scorer with the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors and was re-signed to a one-year contract with the Oilers in the off-season. He appeared in 14 games with Edmonton to close out the 2017-18 campaign, playing alongside Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and said the prospect of continuing to line up with the Oilers captain kept him motivated all summer.

"I thought about it every day I think," he said. "Just the player he is, who wouldn't want to play there? I want to make the team first and foremost but I worked my whole summer to prove I can be in that spot... I probably skated twice as much as I've ever skated and I'm ready to go."

Video: CAMP RAW | Ty Rattie 09.13.18

For McDavid, he's hoping Oilers Main Camp will be the time to build chemistry with his projected linemates and strengthen relationships.

"I like playing with Ratts and I'm glad he's motivated," he said. "We've got to find a way to click here early and build that chemistry. I'm hopeful there's a line that sticks and we can build and work on our game together, whereas last year we bounced around lines and didn't find something successful until the end of the year."

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan confirmed Thursday he will keep the RNH-McDavid-Rattie trio together to start training camp and pre-season.

"He's a player that was almost at the end of opportunity and took advantage of it and we expect him to continue to hold onto it," he said.

Rattie says if he is given the chance to be McDavid's right-hand man on a permanent basis, he'll do everything he can to not let it go.

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BLOG: Bouchard wants to stay in Edmonton as long as he can

"I look at it as if you're ready or not, size wise, speed wise… for me I've been training to make that jump all summer."

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Evan Bouchard says Oilers Rookie Camp is his time to prove he is ready to make the jump to the NHL.

"I feel good, I've been working it all summer, improving my speed as the game keeps getting faster," the 18-year-old prospect explained. "The expectations here are to take in as much as I can, learn as much as I can during this process and turn heads while I'm here."

Video: CAMP RAW | Evan Bouchard 09.06.18

"You earn what you get and this league is trending younger and younger and if a young player is ready to play there will be room for him," said Scott Howson, Vice-President of Player Development.

Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera is out indefinitely due to a torn Achilles tendon. The vacancy left by his injury could give an opportunity for rookie defencemen like Ethan Bear or Bouchard to log some time with the NHL squad.

"I look at it as if you're ready or not, size wise, speed wise… for me I've been training to make that jump all summer," said Bouchard, who was selected 10th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft.

Video: CAMP RAW | Scott Howson 09.06.18

"He's a late birthday so he's had the extra year of junior, so he's only got one year of junior left if he doesn't make this team," Howson explained. "Defence is a hard position to play, we've seen lots of young defencemen come up and struggle, but he's going to get his feet wet at Rookie Camp and get his feet wet during the exhibition season I presume. If he shows well at Rookie Camp then the decision will be made."

Bouchard said he will continue to work on his speed and both the offensive and defensive sides of his game this week, adding he looks forward to learning from camp veterans, like Bear and Kailer Yamamoto.

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FEATURE: Glenn Anderson returns to his charity event as Honourary Chair

After starting the charity event 30 years ago, the Oilers Hall of Famer never knew how much it would impact his life

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The year was 1989 and, like his teammates, a 28-year-old Glenn Anderson went on to start a charity.

"Thirty years later who knew this wo­uld exist," Anderson exclaimed, talking about the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic. "The whole team had at least one charity and we supported each and every one. Our team and our dynasty were part of the community - we were part of Edmonton and Edmonton was part of the Oilers."

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FEATURE: "Homecoming" still doesn't feel real for Brodziak

Oilers forward Kyle Brodziak excited for return to Oilers after nine seasons away from home

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB -- Sitting on the balcony of his Sherwood Park home sipping coffee from a mug reading "Canada" with red maple leaves stippling the sides, Kyle Brodziak looks onto a view that isn't new to he and his family.

"We've come back every summer since we left Edmonton," Brodziak said. "It's still the middle of summer and hockey's not really on your mind yet, so it doesn't feel quite real that I'm an Oiler yet."

The Brodziak clan is here to stay after the centre returned to the Oilers on July 1. For the first time in nine years they won't have to pack their bags or say their goodbyes to friends and family come the end of summer.

Video: 1-on-1 | Kyle Brodziak

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Oilers swap out hockey sticks for golf clubs for charity

Oilers, alumni and celebrities participate in 2nd annual Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON

by Jessica Kent / OilCountryChampionship.com

Current Oilers players, alumni and other celebrities will lace up their golf shoes for the second annual Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON. The championship will kick off the Edmonton leg of the Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada.

Video: COMMUNITY | Oil Country Championship

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Six Inner City High grads achieve "the impossible"

Six graduates are moving on to post-secondary education, a milestone they never thought they would achieve.

by Jessica Kent / OilersFoundation.ca

Video: COMMUNITY | Inner City High Grad

Graduation: It's a day most students experience, but for a group of graduates from Inner City High School, it's a day that means so much more.

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Oilers Fundraiser Helps Feed Families

Shirts Off Our Backs presented by Rogers will help feed 1,200 families this holiday season.

by Jessica Kent / OilersFoundation.ca

 Video: COMMUNITY | Shirts off our Backs

Dozens of lucky Oilers fans went home smiling Saturday night, not just because the Oilers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout, but because they won an autographed jersey while helping feed families in need this holiday season.

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Edmonton Oilers Helping Make Spirits Bright

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: COMMUNITY | Oilers Hospital Visits

The Edmonton Oilers are helping to make the season bright for children who won't be spending the holidays at home. Every year, the team visits children at Edmonton-area hospitals and care facilities.

"Hi how are you? It's good to see you again," said Oilers Forward, Matt Hendricks.

"Good! I finally got the heart!" Exclaimed Elise Kwan. "It's only been a month post-transplant."

"Good for you, I'm happy for you," replied Hendricks.

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Oilers Foundation helps feed an appetite for learning

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation partners with E4C for its School Snack Program.

by Jessica Kent @J_kent10 / OilersFoundation.ca

Video: COMMUNITY | EOCF Partners with E4C

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has announced a donation of $750,000 to E4C's School Snack Program. The funds will be used over three years to help feed 6,000 elementary school students at 26 different Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic schools throughout the city.

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Farewell Rexall Clearout Sale a Door Crashing Success

by Jessica Kent / Edmonton Oilers

"Walk please!" That statement would sound familiar to anyone who tried to make a run for their favourite items at the Farewell Rexall Clearout Sale Presented by Ford over the weekend.

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