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PROSPECT PROFILE: Dylan Cozens

Count Yukon product Dylan Cozens amongst intriguing forwards projected to go inside the top 10

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - In a class chalk-full of intriguing and skilled forwards with varying skill-sets, you'll be hard-pressed to find two mock drafts where the top 10 looks exactly the same with the 2019 NHL Draft just weeks away.

With the likes of a pure scorer in Cole Caufield, crafty playmaker Trevor Zegras or the speedy and versatile centre Alex Turcotte, it's shaping up to be a pick-your-poison situation for forwards available in this year's first round. And another that has worked himself into the conversation is the lean, tall, two-way workhorse centre Dylan Cozens of the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes, NHL Central Scouting's fifth-ranked North American skater.

Video: COMBINE | Dylan Cozens 

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Spring adventures

Catch up on all the Oilers off-season action via their social media updates from all over the world

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Be it traveling, competing overseas, celebrating milestones, signing contracts or taking in the Raptors post-season run, Oilers players and prospects have kept busy during the off-season thus far with many of them documenting their adventures via social media. Keep tabs on what they've been up to with the first Off-Season Oil feature of 2019. 

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WORLDS: Day 11 Coverage

Larsson and Sweden win tight 5-4 matchup against Latvia to secure quarter-final berth while Nurse and Canada roll past Denmark

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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

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WORLDS: Day 9 Coverage

Nurse and Canada best Germany while Sekera and Larsson pick up wins with Slovakia and Sweden

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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

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WORLDS: Day 5 Coverage

Draisaitl tallies a goal as Germany stays perfect in IIHF tournament action with a 4-1 win over France

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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

Leon Draisaitl was the lone Oilers player in action at the IIHF World Championship in Solvakia on Tuesday as he and the German contingent made good on their third appearance of the tournament with a 3-1 win over France to move to a perfect 3-0-0-0 and slide past Finland into first place on the Group A side. In the victory, Draisaitl converted on his second goal of the tournament, bringing his point total to three thus far with two goals and an assist in three games played. 

Draisaitl Buries Kahun's Beautiful Pass

The Oilers forward slid below the hashmarks unabated where fellow NHLer, and one of only three others on the team, Dominik Kahun, dished a perfect pass from behind the net right onto Draisaitl's tape who made no mistake and buried a wrister to make it 3-1 Germany late in the second frame. 

The goal could have easily been his second on the afternoon after he came inches from opening the scoring in the first period when he slid the puck under French goaltender Florian Hardy's right pad but watched it sail through the blue paint and out the other side. 

Draisaitl's Close Call

Korbinian Holzer would go on to score an empty-netter in the last minute to polish off the 4-1 victory for Germany. 

Next up for Draisaitl and the Germans will be meeting against an Oilers teammate in Andrej Sekera and the host nation Slovaks on Wednesday, May 15 at 12:15pm MT. 

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WORLDS: Day 4 Coverage

Nurse and Canada win a wild one vs. Sekera and Slovakia in the dying seconds of regulation while Larsson and Swedes run away from Norway

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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

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FUTURE WATCH: Samorukov, Storm capture OHL title

Guelph completes another come-from-behind series win to take the OHL Championship title over the Ottawa 67's.

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

What's the fun if it's not a challenge? 

For the third time in as many OHL post-season series, Oilers D prospect Dmitri Samorukov and the Guelph Storm waited until their backs were against the wall to turn up the heat. After going down 3-0 in their second-round series vs. the London Knights, they went on to rattle off four-straight to move on. Down 3-1 in their OHL Eastern Conference Final vs. the Saginaw Spirit? No worries, they'd go on to force Game 7 and finish it off.

Bring on the Ottawa 67's and a chance at the OHL Championship. Guelph quickly found themselves down 2-0 in the series. The 67's had not lost a game en route to their appearance in the Championship series. Enter the Storm in Game 3 and a subsequent four straight victories to capture the OHL title on Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion; perhaps the way they prefer it. 

And it was Oilers defensive prospect Samorukov who continued to shine when it mattered most, tallying two goals and adding two helpers in the 8-3 Game 6 victory that would lift Guelph to their first J. Ross Robertson Cup since 2014 and fourth in franchise history as winners of the OHL playoffs. 

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨 SAMMY! @Samorukov_D GETS ANOTHER ONE AND WE'RE UP 6-3!! #GUEvsOTT pic.twitter.com/95UvN6brLG

The Russian rearguard and 84th overall pick from the 2017 NHL Draft would finish the post-season with ten goals, 18 assists and 28 points in 24 games, going +18 in the process to finish atop all OHL defenceman in playoff scoring.

Tweet from @Bob_Stauffer: Successful NHL organizations have to have hits from the NHL Draft after Round 1.Third Round pick Dmitri Samorukov finishes the OHL playoffs with 10-18-28/24 GP and is headed off to the Memorial Cup.By all reports he dominated throughout the Playoffs for Guelph

Next up will be the franchise's sixth trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. The Storm will open up their tournament schedule in Halifax with a meeting against the QMJHL Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Saturday, May 18. 

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WORLDS: Day 2 Coverage

Leon Draisaitl and the Germans opened their IIHF World Championship schedule with a 3-1 win over newly-promoted Great Britain on Saturday while Andrej Sekera and the Slovaks dropped their second game to the Finns

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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 EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: Day 1 Coverage

Follow the Oilers abroad as the 2019 IIHF World Championship gets underway in Slovakia including Darnell Nurse playing for Canada vs. Finland

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

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 EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

FINLAND 3 CANADA 1

It was Finnish phenom and projected top-two selection in the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft Kappo Kakko that stole the show in the opening prelimary round matchup between Finland and Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia on Friday. 

The 19-year-old sensation opened the scoring for Finland in the first period on an unbelievable effort where he escaped a diving stick-check from Canadian defender Brandon Montour and beat goaltender Matt Murray with a smooth backhand tuck. His second of the game was an empty-net dagger for the Finns late in the third to secure the 3-1 victory. 

RECAP: FIN 3, CAN 1

Canada's tally came on a gorgeous three-way passing effort on the power play where Jonathan Marchessault snapped home a top-shelf tally that knotted things up 1-1 in the opening frame.

The Oilers lone representation in the prelimary matchup, Darnell Nurse, played 7:56, had 2 PIM and finished even on the day in terms of plus-minus. 

Next up for Nurse and the top seed Canadians is a Sunday, May 12 meeting (12:15pm MT) vs. the 22 seed out of Great Britain. 

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BLOG: Building blocks

"There's huge pillars, foundation in that locker room. There's a great start and I've got to continue to build." said Oilers GM and President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Among many of the factors that drove Ken Holland's decision to ultimately take the leap and leave the Detroit Red Wings organization after 36 years to join the Edmonton Oilers, there was one - one duo, to be precise - that was particularly enticing.

"I'm not coming into town with any magic wands," said the new Oilers GM and President of Hockey Operations. "The way I look at it, you've got to build it brick-by-brick; you've got the build the foundation. Part of the foundation, a big part of the foundation, is here."

If Holland views his new role from a perspective of an architect assessing construction that's already started, he expressed a sincere belief that existing pieces of the foundation are solid and are waiting for the proper complementary blocks to be added.

"There's huge pillars, foundation in that locker room. There's a great start and I've got to continue to build, to grow."

Video: 1-ON-1 | Ken Holland

Much like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were consistent pieces of the Red Wings roster during Detroit's stretch of 19 consecutive playoff appearances under Holland's reign, the new Oilers GM believes those anchoring pieces already exist in Edmonton and include the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as he goes to work on adding more around the core.

"They're certainly two massive building blocks and they're young. There's a chance they could get better," the Vernon, BC native said of the two Oilers forwards both coming off 100-plus-point campaigns. "Obviously it's two massive building blocks. I look forward to getting to know them as people."

Holland harkened back to the group in Detroit that found sustained success and draws on examples of perennial contenders in today's NHL that usually have one thing in common - something he believes the Oilers already possess amongst the existing pieces in their locker room.

"Yzerman, Federov, Zetterberg, Datsyuk; you look around at other teams and you've got to have that core of players to build around and certainly with the Oilers, they've got that core."

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