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FUTURE WATCH: Lavoie extends goal streak to three games

Oilers forward prospect hits double digits on the season, sits two back of HockeyAllsvenskan leaders

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The goals just keep coming for Raphael Lavoie.

The Oilers forward prospect scored for the third consecutive game on Sunday during Vasby's 5-3 win over Bjorkloven, giving him 10 tallies in 20 games on the HockeyAllsvenskan season.

The 20-year-old found the back of the net in all three of Vasby's games over the past seven days, earning him a spot among the Swedish league's top three forwards of the week.

Lavoie now sits just two goals back of the league lead as two players are tied for first with 12 tallies. The 2019 second-round pick also had an assist on Sunday to give him 14 total points.

Lavoie will look to extend his goal streak to four games in Vasby's next matchup against Timra coming up on Thursday.

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FUTURE WATCH: Lavoie among league leaders in goals

Oilers prospect continues to produce in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan, tied for fifth in tallies with nine

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie scored for the second game in a row on Friday to give him nine goals in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan this season.

The 20-year-old tallied Vasby's third and final goal against Timra in a 5-3 defeat, netting the equalizer on the power play in the middle frame before the opposition scored twice in the third for the win.

His ninth goal in 19 games this season came two days after he lit the lamp for his eighth during Wednesday's 7-2 loss to MODO. Lavoie also has three assists for 12 total points in his first professional endeavour on loan from the Oilers organization.

The 38th-overall pick in 2019 is just three goals off the HockeyAllsvenskan lead, as Oskar Steen of Bjorkloven and Henrik Bjorklund of Karlskoga are tied for first with a dozen each.

Lavoie scored 38 goals in 55 games in the QMJHL during the 2019-20 season.

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BLOG: Four Oilers find twine with European clubs

Puljujarvi, Broberg, Bouchard and Nygard each light the lamp during Friday and Saturday's action in Finland and Sweden

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's been a goal frenzy for Oilers players in Europe over the last two days, with four guys finding twine for their respective Swedish or Finnish squads.

Evan Bouchard continued his impressive stint with Sodertalje SK in Sweden's second division HockeyAllsvenskan, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist on Friday in a 5-2 victory. The defenceman now has six tallies and 10 helpers in 19 games during his loan.

The other half of Edmonton's "Killer B's" blueline prospects, Philip Broberg, found the back of the net on Saturday for Skelleftea AIK in the first division Swedish Hockey League. The 2019 first-round pick is up to two goals and five assists in 19 games during his loan, compared to the one goal and seven assists he scored in 45 games with Skelleftea last season.

Sticking in Sweden, Oilers forward Joakim Nygard scored his first goal of the SHL season for Farjestad BK in a 3-2 win on Saturday and now has three points in nine games during his loan. The speedy winger missed some time earlier this season after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on his finger that was originally injured with the Oilers last year.

Crossing the Gulf of Bothnia to Finland, Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi scored his second overtime winner of the Liiga season for Oulun Kärpät in a 5-4 triumph on Saturday, giving him seven goals and four assists in 14 games. Puljujarvi is tied for eighth in goals in the top Finnish league.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: 🚨 JP with the GWG 🚨(🎥 @OulunKarpatFi) pic.twitter.com/H55dLmTQrB

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BLOG: McDavid, Draisaitl ranked among top three centres

NHL Network has Oilers captain in top spot again while reigning league MVP checks in third behind Colorado's MacKinnon

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have two of the top three centreman in the league heading into next season, according to NHL Network's annual player rankings.

For the third straight year, Connor McDavid was selected as the top middle-man in the NHL, while reigning Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross award winner Leon Draisaitl ranks third, with Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon sandwiched between them at number two.

"He's faster than anyone who's ever played," NHL Network's Mike Johnson said of McDavid, who finished second in league scoring behind Draisaitl in 2019-20 with 97 points in 64 games. "The combination of his speed, his hands and, maybe most importantly, his mind... He is, by a good margin, the best offensive player in the world."

"What he can do on the ice, five-on-five and five-on-four, is amazing," Johnson said of Draisaitl, who surpassed 100 points for the second straight season, leading the NHL with 110 in 71 games. "There's nothing he can't do."

McDavid and Draisaitl became the first teammates to finish one-two in NHL scoring since Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos did so during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

Video: McDavid places 1st on the top 20 centers list

Video: Draisail places 3rd on the top 20 centers list

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WORLD JUNIORS: Holloway starting Canada camp in small cohort

Oilers 2020 first-round pick will skate with fellow NCAA players for first two weeks of World Juniors selection camp

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - There are 46 players alongside Dylan Holloway at Hockey Canada's selection camp in Red Deer, but he'll only be allowed to skate with two of them for the first two weeks.

The Oilers first-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft spent the last two and half months at the University of Wisconsin, participating in college classes, training with the Badgers hockey team and ultimately playing the first two games of his sophomore NCAA season this past weekend.

The 14th-overall selection scored in each game as the Badgers swept their road back-to-back against Notre Dame. Holloway then headed north on Sunday, flying to Calgary and briefly seeing his parents who drove in from Bragg Creek before finishing his trek to Red Deer.

Because he arrived from the United States, the forward is only permitted to skate in a small cohort that includes fellow NCAA players Devon Levi of Northeastern and Alex Newhook of Boston College for the first two weeks of camp, due to Hockey Canada's health and safety protocols.

Fortunately for Holloway, the camp runs until Dec. 13 so he'll have plenty of time to showcase his skills with the full group and participate in exhibition games against U SPORTS all-stars. From there, the final team will be picked to participate in the IIHF World Junior Championship, running Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

"It's definitely super special," Holloway told Post Media. "I have to make the team first, but the fact that it is in Edmonton and that's the team that drafted me is pretty crazy and something I'm definitely not going to take for granted. The whole idea is something I'm super, super excited about."

Holloway won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton.

Video: ASK AN OILER | Dylan Holloway

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FUTURE WATCH: Holloway hits highlight reel with another goal

Oilers 2020 first-round pick scores for the second time in as many nights during Wisconsin's opening weekend

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Another Wisconsin win, another Dylan Holloway goal.

Edmonton's 14th-overall selection from last month's NHL Draft made the most of his brief NCAA season debut with the Badgers this weekend, scoring a power-play marker on Friday and a highlight-reel, even-strength tally on Saturday as his team swept their road back-to-back against Notre Dame.

The sophomore forward received a pass just before centre ice, darted into the attacking zone, skated wide down the left side, curled around the net, turned sharply and sniped a wrist shot over the goalie's short-side shoulder for the eventual game-winner in Wisconsin's 5-3 victory.

With two goals in two games, Holloway will now take a hiatus from Wisconsin and shift his focus to Hockey Canada for hopefully the next eight weeks as he vies for a spot on the national team that will compete at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

The 47-player selection camp starts Monday in Red Deer and runs until Dec. 13 when the final roster will head north to defend their title at the U-20 tournament, Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: You a bad man, Dylan! 😳#Oilers 2020 first-round pick Holloway with his second goal in as many nights for @BadgerMHockey & this one was absolutely filthy.(🎥 @HeresYourReplay) pic.twitter.com/qgywN4yecc

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FUTURE WATCH: Holloway scores in Wisconsin season opener

Oilers 2020 first-round pick tallies PPG with Badgers prior to heading home to Alberta for Hockey Canada selection camp

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Dylan Holloway will be heading home to Alberta with some momentum after scoring for the Wisconsin Badgers in their NCAA season opener on Friday.

The Oilers 14th-overall selection at last month's NHL Draft will be travelling to Red Deer later this weekend to attend Hockey Canada's selection camp for World Juniors, which begins on Monday.

The Badgers are playing their first games of the slightly-delayed 2020-21 Big Ten season with a back-to-back in South Bend, Indiana, against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Wisconsin won 2-0 on Friday and the teams will face off again on Saturday.

Buffalo Sabres 2017 draft pick Linus Weissbach made it 1-0 Badgers in the first before Holloway padded the lead in the middle frame on the power play, ripping home a wrist shot from the high slot.

Holloway was named third star of the game, recording three shots on goal and winning 10 of his 14 faceoffs. The Bragg Creek native scored eight goals and nine assists in 35 games as a freshman with Wisconsin last season.

He will be one of 27 forwards vying for a spot on Team Canada for the IIHF World U-20 Championship that will be contested Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: Here's a look back at Holloway's power-play goal from the slot! @NBCSports pic.twitter.com/tPA7whaOjf

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BLOG: Edmonton artist creates Joey Moss mural

AJA Louden paid tribute to the legendary Oilers dressing room attendant on the graffiti wall in the McCauley neighbourhood

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Condolences, memories and tributes continue to roll in for longtime Oilers dressing room attendant Joey Moss, who passed away last week at the age of 57.

One particularly impressive homage to the Edmonton sports legend was created earlier this week when local artist AJA Louden painted a mural on the graffiti wall in the McCauley neighbourhood.

"Recently painted this portrait of Joey Moss, who passed away late last month," the artist wrote on his social media accounts. "He was a locker room attendant for the Oilers and later for the football team too - he went 70 seasons strong between the two organizations. Joey was know for his dedication, work ethic, and passion for the teams he worked with. Since he was with both teams for so long, he outlasted the players and became a symbol of the teams and of the city of Edmonton.

"As a man living with Down's syndrome he became a symbol of representation as well. Being a public symbol for any community can mean a lot of weight on your shoulders - Joey showed up and did the work... May we all strive to be remembered as well as Joey Moss - thank you for the inspiration, Joey!"

Tweet from @AJALouden: I painted this portrait of Joey Moss today not far from Coliseum. Edmonton Legend, remembered for his blue collar work ethic, pride in his craft, and passion for the teams he worked with. 70 seasons strong. Thank you for the inspiration Joey! pic.twitter.com/b7pgzdtaJT

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BLOG: Kahun ready to reunite with Draisaitl in Edmonton

Forwards first played youth hockey together in Mannheim, have also teamed up many times with German national program

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - While they're unlikely to combine for 627 points over two 30-game seasons like they did in Germany's U-16 league, Dominik Kahun is looking forward to a reunion with Leon Draisaitl.

The Oilers signed Kahun to a one-year, $975k contract on Monday and he already has a good friend on the team in Draisaitl, as the two played three seasons of youth hockey together in Mannheim and have also joined forces many times on the German national team.

"I'm super excited to join the Oilers," Kahun said to Bob Stauffer on 630 CHED's Oilers Now. "We've had a lot of contact together, so when there was a chance I could come to Edmonton, we started talking a lot. He for sure helped me and I'm glad for that."

The 25-year-old will likely get a chance to play left wing with both Draisaitl and Connor McDavid during the 2020-21 season, and he's no stranger to having superstar linemates, skating regularly with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews during his rookie year in Chicago, followed by significant time with Evgeni Malkin last season in Pittsburgh before his trade to Buffalo.

Kahun, who grew up in the Czech Republic before moving to Germany, told Stauffer he grew up idolizing Jaromir Jagr before his attention shifted to future Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby. The 2018 Olympic silver medallist with Germany also noted he feels he's a stronger passer than shooter but is putting in a lot of work on the latter right now in Munich as he prepares for next season.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The newest #Oilers forward Dominik Kahun has 25 goals in 138 @NHL games thus far & his first came on Oct. 11, 2018 against Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/BdulH41a2v

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BLOG: Lagesson looking sharp in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan

Oilers defenceman producing points with HC Vita Hasten, scoring three goals and four assists in nine games so far this season

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - William Lagesson is making his case to be a full-time NHL defenceman.

After playing all 69 of his games during the 2018-19 season with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, the 24-year-old made his debut with the Oilers in 2019-20 and suited up for his first eight NHL games. The 91st-overall pick in 2014 also played 25 games with Bakersfield and scored three goals with seven assists.

Lagesson was part of Edmonton's playoff roster this past summer, but he didn't see any action during the Qualifying Round vs. Chicago. With only 33 games played last season, he was eager to compete in Sweden prior to the start of the 2020-21 NHL campaign and signed with HC Vita Hasten of the second division HockeyAllsvenskan.

The Gothenburg native is off to a strong start with the Norrkoping-based club, scoring three goals and four assists in nine games so far this season and playing on the team's top defence pairing.

"I feel ready to take that step and to be able to take a regular place," he told Hockeysverige, translated from Swedish, of his aspirations with the Oilers. "These are exciting times now and I'm on the border. It is important to be prepared, have self-confidence and have the little luck that you also need."

Lagesson was a pending restricted free agent heading into the off-season, and the Oilers made him a qualifying offer on Oct. 7, but a new contract has not yet been completed.

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