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GAME STORY AT EDM: Oilers 5, Flames 2

Patrick Maroon registered a goal and two assists and Mark Letestu scored twice as the Oilers cruised to a 5-2 victory at Rogers Place

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists and Mark Letestu scored two markers as the Oilers went 3-for-12 on the power play to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place.

Video: OILERS TODAY | vs. Flames Post-Game

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LIVE BLOG: Flames at Oilers

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers play the Flames at Rogers Place in pre-season split-squad action

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Flames in pre-season action tonight at Rogers Place.

You can watch on Oilers TV within the Oilers Region (click here to watch LIVE), or listen on 630 CHED.

Stay tuned for updates, videos, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.


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PREVIEWS: Oilers vs. Flames / Oilers at Flames

Read the game preview for both the Flames at Oilers and Oilers at Flames to be held tonight at 7:00 PM in Edmonton and Calgary

by Paul Gazzola and Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers kick off the 2017-18 pre-season schedule with a pair of games. They will play the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place and also take on the Flames in the Saddledome, splitting their squad in two. 

Both games tonight can be seen on EdmontonOilers.com starting at 7:00 p.m. MDT within the Oilers Region only (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories) due to NHL blackout restrictions.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Split-Squad Preview

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FEATURE: Moving right

The biggest unknown for the Oilers heading into the 2017-18 season is the right wing position, which Drake Caggiula is beginning to get familiar with

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan didn't mince words when he articulated the one area of mystery heading into the 2017-18 season.

"Our unknown, in my opinion, comes on the right side right now," McLellan said to a crowd of reporters in the Oilers Hall of Fame Room last Thursday. "Especially with (Anton) Slepyshev out and (Ryan) Strome coming in as a new player, we've got to see where he fits and how he gels with different linemates. 

"So, the right side is the 'wildcard' position on our team right now."

Video: RAW | Caggiula on Camp Day 4

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BLOG: Laleggia flanks good friend Nugent-Hopkins at camp

Forwards were doled out together alongside right winger Jesse Puljujarvi Saturday during a scrimmage at Oilers Training Camp

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - As fellow Burnaby, BC, natives, it comes as no surprise to see that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joey Laleggia are good friends.

The two are childhood comrades and for the first time at Oilers Training Camp on Saturday, got to play alongside one another - with their right winger being 2016 fourth-overall selection Jesse Puljujarvi.

"He grills me quite a bit," Laleggia said when he was asked if Nugent-Hopkins shared any tips on being a forward, the position Laleggia now plays full-time. "He's been one of my best friends growing up but it was pretty special to play with him today."

Although they may have only been paired together due to Jussi Jokinen's absence from the scrimmage, Laleggia hopes the two can link up again in the future.

"I hope the opportunity keeps presenting itself but he's been a good friend my whole life."

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BLOG: Laleggia applying defensive acumen to forward position

Forward wants to help the organization any way he can, including by becoming a full-time winger

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Joey Laleggia is no longer a defensive prospect.

The University of Denver alumnus had only played forward sporadically with the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors but was asked to make the switch permanently after Christmas last season when Head Coach Gerry Fleming sought to spark his team offensively.

"I rolled with it and it seemed to be working," Laleggia recollected Saturday. "It's nice making the transition knowing your coaches have confidence in you."

At Oilers Training Camp, Laleggia is listed as a left winger and is applying his years of defensive acumen to the forward slot. 

"One of the strategies I took on forward was I'd try to do things that when I was on defence, I wanted forwards to do," the 25-year-old said. "Being defensively responsible, making sure I was always an outlet for the defencemen and coming back nice and low. 

"Just things like that help the transition a little easier."

In becoming an offensive catalyst, Laleggia has been able to play with some gifted players. With the Condors, he flanked Anton Lander and Jujhar Khaira. On Saturday at camp, Laleggia was doled out alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - one of his best friends - and Jesse Puljujarvi.

"The coaches did a great job with me - Gerry Fleming, J.F. Houle and Tony Borgford - they showed confidence in me from the start," he said. "They gave me a great opportunity by playing in the top six right away."

Laleggia was able to tuck 20 goals last season and added 18 assists for 38 points in 67 games.

"I just like to help out however I can."

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BLOG: Saturday group rosters

See the Group A, B and C rosters for Saturday, September 16

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - A few changes have been made regarding the group rosters at Oilers Training Camp.

See the new-look groups below.

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BLOG: Group C roster

Features prospects Dylan Wells, Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear and Ostap Safin

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Here is the Group C roster list at Oilers Training Camp.

Forwards: Tyler Benson, Chad Butcher, Josh Currie, Kirill Maksimov, Zach O'Brien, Kyle Platzer, Ostap Safin

Defencemen: Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Ziyat Paigin, Dmitri Samorukov

Goalies: Stuart Skinner, Dylan Wells, Shane Starrett

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BLOG: Kelly presented with opportunity

Veteran forward approaching camp as nothing more than a chance to continue his career

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Attending Oilers Training Camp is forward Chris Kelly, who was signed to a professional tryout contract five days ago.

A veteran of over 800 National Hockey League games, the Stanley Cup champion is looking at training camp as nothing more than a chance to prove he can still compete and contribute.

"My ego's not too big," Kelly said after the first on-ice session of camp. "It's an opportunity and that's the way I'm approaching it. I'm grateful for this opportunity. You see a lot of guys done playing at my age and to have an opportunity to come to an NHL training camp is great."

The 36-year-old arrived in Edmonton a few days earlier. He participated in some informal skates with the players and got a look at the youthful lineup of the Oilers.

"You see the talent this team has and the buzz of the city and how well they did last year," he said. 

Kelly registered 12 points (5G, 7A) with the Ottawa Senators in 2016-17. 

Over his career, Kelly has 289 points (123G, 166A) in 833 matches.

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BLOG: Benning's expectations and role could increase in 2017-18

Sophomore could pair up with Kris Russell to begin the season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Group A at Oilers Training Camp featured defencemen Kris Russell and Matt Benning, a blueline pairing that the team could ice to begin the season given the injury to Andrej Sekera.

Video: RAW | Benning on Camp Day 2

Russell and Benning defended together briefly during the first skate of Oilers Training Camp.

"He's a guy that I've always looked up to for advice and stuff like that," Benning, who posted three goals and 12 assists in the 62 games he played during his rookie season, said. "He's a great hockey mind and he defends really well so if I do get that opportunity, it would be great."

There's added expectations for Benning going into his sophomore season. The 23-year-old showed he belongs in the National Hockey League last season and accrued some playoff experience, which should go a long way in realizing his potential in 2017-18.

"It's high," said Russell regarding Benning's ceiling. "I think we have some good, young defensive guys - just look at Nursy (Darnell Nurse) and Benny. They took steps last year and they look great at the start of camp so far.

"Look for those guys to contribute more often."

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