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WEEKLY RECAP: June 18-24

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by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

It was a packed schedule for the Oilers organization in the week that was June 18-24.

The 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft were held Wednesday in Las Vegas while the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago started Friday.

On Thursday, the Oilers acquired forward Ryan Strome from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle. Edmonton also signed defenceman Kris Russell to a four-year contract on Friday.

 

EDMONTONOILERS.COM MOCK DRAFTS

Ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft, EdmontonOilers.com and Oilers TV released their first-round projections for the event.

Video: DRAFT PREVIEW | Picks 1-21 

 

WICHITA ANNOUNCED ECHL AFFILIATE

On Tuesday June 20, the Oilers announced the Wichita Thunder as their new ECHL affiliate. Right off the bat, Wichita Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has some interesting connections to the Oilers organization. Read about them below.

 

2017 NHL AWARDS AND EXPANSION DRAFT

The 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft were held Tuesday and Wednesday in Las Vegas. The event started with the NHL and adidas uniform unveil and some brief media avails. As for the Awards themselves, Connor McDavid left with his hands full, earning the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Art Ross Trophy. He headlined the NHL's First All-Star Team and was also announced the cover athlete for EA Sports NHL 18. The Expansion Draft saw Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee select defenceman Griffin Reinhart from the Oilers.

Video: Connor McDavid is awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy

 

PROSPECTS AT THE PARK

Meanwhile in Chicago, Ill, as the Draft approached, some of the top prospects were welcomed to a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Brandon Wheat Kings centre Nolan Patrick threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Video: 2017 DRAFT | Prospects at Wrigley Field

 

OILERS ACQUIRE STROME

Some big news developed on Thursday as the Oilers traded Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome. 

 Video: 1-ON-1 | Ryan Strome with Tom Gazzola

 

OILERS ANNOUNCE 2017-18 SCHEDULE

Is it October yet?

Maybe not, but that doesn't mean we can't look forward to a few months from now when the 2017-18 campaign begins. The Oilers announced their schedule, so see which dates to circle below.

 

OILERS SIGN RUSSELL

On Friday, the Oilers signed pending free agent defenceman Kris Russell to a four-year contract. He spoke with EdmontonOilers.com following the signing.

 

2017 NHL DRAFT

Video: DRAFT | Yamamoto Behind the Scenes

If the week were not jam-packed enough, the 2017 NHL Draft got under way Friday at the United Center in Chicago. With the 22nd-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Oilers selected Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto. Watch a behind-the-scenes video on the ecstatic Yamamoto as he navigates the Draft's proceedings after being named an Oiler.

In Day 2, Edmonton added three forwards, two defenceman and a goaltender to their prospect pool. Get to know the players below.

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