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DRAFT: Past Oilers picks

The Oilers hold the 10th, 40th, 71st, 133rd, 164th and 195th picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. See which players they selected in those spots in their draft history

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - With the 195th-overall selection in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select… From the AJHL's St. Albert Saints…

Fernando Pisani.

That's right.

The Oilers selected the Edmonton, AB, product in Round 8 of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, then held at the Kiel Center on June 22nd in St. Louis, MO.

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FUTURE WATCH: Skinner's 'never had so much fun' as Broncos' season ends

Netminder joined the Swift Current Broncos at the 2018 WHL Trade Deadline, backstopping the club to a WHL championship and Memorial Cup berth

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Goaltender Stuart Skinner isn't afraid of being honest.

The Swift Current Broncos goalie and Oilers prospect didn't mince words in his post-game media scrum following Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the host Regina Pats at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which saw the Broncos be eliminated from the tournament.

"I feel really bad about how I played today," the 78th-overall selection at the 2017 NHL Draft said. "I feel like I let the team down but what can you do now? It's a tough way to go but at the same time, we had a fantastic season and I couldn't be more proud of the guys."

Taking the loss in stride, Skinner shared some love for his teammates in front of a throng of reporters.

"To be honest with you guys, I've never had so much fun in my entire life," Skinner continued. "Going to Swift Current and getting the brothers that I have in that room. The family, all the laughs, all the smiles that I get going to the rink every single day. I've never been so happy in my life.

"The season might be over and we might be saying 'goodbye' to a few guys but we're always going to stay in contact. We're family for life now."

After a 72-game WHL season, 26-game WHL playoff run and three outings at the 100th Memorial Cup, the Broncos played 101 games total in 2017-18.

"The adversity, the pain, the sweat, the tears and obviously now this, it just makes you more of a brotherhood," Skinner said.

"I'm blessed to say I'm a Swift Current Bronco."

The 19-year-old is still eligible to be an overage with the Broncos next season.

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FUTURE WATCH: Hebig nets goal, assist in Pats' 6-5 win over Swift Current

Broncos' Skinner makes 22 stops in the loss as Pats advance to semifinal against the Hamilton Bulldogs

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - It's the 100th Memorial Cup.

It's also the 14th time the Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos have met this season.

This one, though, under the direst of circumstances for Swift Current, who needed a win to stave off elimination from the tournament and force a tiebreaker against Regina.

Oilers prospect and Pats' first-liner Cameron Hebig nabbed a goal and assist in a wild 6-5 Regina victory. Hebig runs his point-total up to three goals and two assists in three matches, getting a chance to add to that Friday versus the Hamilton Bulldogs.

"We made it a little bit harder for ourselves than we could have in the last ten minutes there," said Hebig post-game.

Tweet from @WHLPats: CAMERON HEBIG!!!!!Pats lead 2-0!Happy Birthday to Mrs Hebig - a gift from her son.#JoinTheRegiment

Four goals were scored in the final six minutes of Wednesday's meeting, with Pats forward Sam Steel dishing five assists and Nick Henry netting a hat trick as Regina held on to the lead.

"They ended our (season) in Game 7 (of the playoffs). So, I guess we did get our payback," continued Hebig, referring to Swift Current's seven-game series win over the Pats in Round 1 of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Oilers goalie prospect and Broncos 'tender Stuart Skinner made 22 saves in the loss. The 78th-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft stopped 111 of 123 shots in three games at the event, owning a 0-2-1 record, 4.02 goals-against average and .902 save percentage as his season comes to an end.

Tweet from @SCBroncos: The Heart and Hustle of the 2017-18 Swift Current Broncos was incredible!!! We are very proud of the accomplishments our team achieved this year!! Thank You for a year of wonderful memories! #OurTeamOurTown #LetsGoBroncos

Skinner had the performance of a lifetime in Monday's game against the Bulldogs, turning aside 54 of 56 shots to keep his club in the reach of a slight 2-1 edge.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will face the winner of Regina-Hamilton in the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Final on Sunday at 5:00 PM MDT.

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FUTURE WATCH: Skinner shines in loss

Oilers goalie prospect makes 54 saves in 2-1 loss to Hamilton Bulldogs at Memorial Cup

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers goalie prospect Stuart Skinner stopped 54 of 56 shots and was named the first star of the game in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: Stuart Skinner is doing everything he can to keep the Broncos in the game.Watch the Memorial Cup now on

The Edmonton, AB, product kept his club in the game from the drop of the puck, with Hamilton outshooting Swift Current 56-22.

Skinner has continued his dominant play at the event, owning a .937 save percentage and 2.96 goals-against average.

The Broncos are 0-1-1-0 in the Memorial Cup, losing their opening game 4-3 in overtime to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Swift Current play the host Regina Pats on Wednesday at 8:00 PM MDT.

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WORLDS: Medal round results

Larsson's Swedes win gold medal in shootout showdown with Switzerland; Canada falls 4-1 to USA, McDavid ends tournament with 17 points in 10 games

by Paul Gazzola /

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at

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WORLDS: Semifinal results

Canada upset by Switzerland in semis, will face USA for bronze; Larsson and the Swedes rout USA 6-0 en route to Sweden-Switzerland final

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For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at

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FEATURE: Skinner poised to take care of business

Swift Current Broncos netminder and Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner won a WHL championship and signed with the Oilers this past week, but maintains there's still work left to do in the upcoming Memorial Cup

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Four days after lifting the Ed Chynoweth Cup above his head and three days after penning his signature along the white dotted line, Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner can finally put the past few days into perspective. 

He does so by phone in Regina, SK, ahead of the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup - which his club gained access to after defeating the Everett Silvertips in six games to secure the Western Hockey League title.

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WORLDS: Canada to play Switzerland in semifinals

Switzerland upsets Finland 3-2 in quarter-final, sets up Canada-Switzerland semifinal matchup

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Upset alert.

Switzerland defeated Finland 3-2 in their quarter-final matchup, paving the way for Canada to meet the underdog Swiss club in Saturday's semifinals.

After Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Markus Nutivaara opened the scoring for Finland in the first, Switzerland stunned their opposition with three goals in the span of four minutes in the middle frame, getting markers from Enzo Corvi, Joel Vermin and Gregory Hofmann.

Finland's Mikko Rantanen tallied in the third to get his club within one but they couldn't convert the equalizer.

Oilers Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse - along with the rest of Team Canada - will face Switzerland at 11:15 AM MDT on Saturday.

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WORLDS: Quarter-final results

McDavid nabs three helpers, RNH scores power-play marker as Canada defeats Russia in OT; Larsson and the Swedes edge Latvia 3-2 to advance

by Paul Gazzola /

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at

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WORLDS: Nugent-Hopkins named Canada's Player of the Game in QF victory

Oilers forward nets power-play marker in second period as Canada downs Russia 5-4 in overtime to advance to Saturday's semis

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named Canada's Player of the Game in the squad's quarter-final win over Russia on Thursday at Royal Arena.

Canada downed Russia 5-4 in OT, with Nugent-Hopkins scoring the team's second goal of the game on the power play.

Tweet from @BrendenUllrich: Just chatted w/@RNH_93 on the win over #Russia. "It was an emotional game. I think we had 4 leads, so you definately get excited when you score but they kept firing right back. It was a hard fought game all the way through & we just stuck with it."More on @oilersnow at 12:15

The Oilers forward received a pass from captain Connor McDavid within the left circle and fired a wrist shot short side to beat Russian keeper Igor Shestyorkin.

Nugent-Hopkins has five goals and three assists in eight games at the tournament.

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