The Oilers make their skills competition predictions
Marc Ciampa & Steve Taylor
/ Edmonton Oilers
We spoke with Jarret Stoll, Denis Grebeshkov, Craig MacTavish, Sam Gagner, Kyle Brodziak, Robert Nilsson, Mathieu Garon, Geoff Sanderson, Marty Reasoner and Matt Greene and asked them who they thought would win each event in Saturday's skills competition.
The puck control relay requires each skater to combine exceptional skating agility and puck-handing skills. The first two races are relay races involving 3 players per team. At the whistle, one player from each team skates to the far goal line, picks up a puck, then carries it through the pylon course. When the player has carried the puck over the start line, the next player begins. If a player loses the puck, he must regain control and return to the point where he left the course.
This event is a race against the clock. Each player starts from a standing position 3 feet from the red line, and completes one full lap around the ice surface. Players who fall must get up and complete the course to avoid disqualifying their team in the event.
Each player gets 2 shots and the shot must hit the net in order to count.
This event is all about precision. The shooting accuracy contest will see each player be given just 8 attempts to hit 4 targets set up in the net. The team with the most targets hit in the fewest number of attempts is awarded one goal. The player with the most hits in the least number of attempts earns an additional point for his team.
King of the Shootout
This contest features one-on-one matchups – shooter vs. goalie. Players who score will advance in this elimination event until Edmonton Oilers King of the shootout is determined.
3-on-3 (NEW for this year)
Two 10 minute periods (straight time) with players changing every 40 seconds