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BtN: Bunz, Tigers Tame Winterhawks

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More happy returns on prospects, as Tyler "Hot Cross" Bunz stones one of the best teams in major-junior, earning a 3-2 shootout win over the Portland Winterhawks with 41 saves.

Hjalmarsson? Who is Hjalmarsson?

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I went looking through our old prospect rankings and found that gem from ykmisfit. "I'm sure" ended up being quite an understatement. I wonder if ykmisfit still thinks that Hjalmarsson is a comparable for Motin?

Olivier Roy Traded ... Twice!

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Edmonton Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy is a hot commodity in the QMJHL. Yesterday he was traded from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - where he holds the franchise record for wins - to the Lewiston Maineiacs for two second-round picks and an exchange of thirds. This transaction was evidently the future considerations in the midseason deal that sent Jacob Legace to the Cape, a trade that turned out very badly for the Screaming Eagles. Today Lewiston flipped Roy to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for a substantially better package of picks, including two first-rounders (today's #5 overall, and 2012's), a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rounder. Lewiston then traded many of these assets to acquire the first overall pick in today's draft (Dillon Fournier) Of course Roy remains an Oiler property throughout this flurry of activity, but it's nothing but good news to Oiler fans that our 19-year-old goalie could command such a high return for a single year of service. I also found the mournful reaction of Cape Breton fans enlightening. The amount of trade activty around QMJHL draft day is nothing short of staggering.

VandeVelde breaks slump versus Cornell

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Senior Chris VandeVelde walked into Lynah Rink [last] Saturday night in the midst of the longest point drought since his freshman season... In a battle of defensive centers in the Oilers organization, Riley Nash and Chris VandeVelde split a weekend series in Ithaca.

Cornet & Eberle debut on same line in camp

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Cornet previously talked to me about how well he and Eberle played together. Eberle continues to dominate the WHL and Cornet is scoring well and just won player of the week honors in the QMJHL. Cornet is still an underdog to make the team though, while Eberle should be on any top line the Canadians roll out.

Tepid On Teemu

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Gabe Desjardins did some excellent work to look at comps for Copper & Blue favorite Teemu Hartikainen. What he found may interest you.

Lander is Clutch

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Oilers prospect Anton Lander has back-to-back game-winning goals for Timrå IK of the Swedish Elite League. His game winners allowed Timrå IK to win two games in a row for the first time all season. Lander is centering a line with Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson and Frenchman Laurent Meunier. I'm looking forward to a Harski - Lander - Mange line in the near future. EDIT: Commentor shep_ below says: he calls mps "mange" wich is a often used nickname for swedish men named magnus. when he refers to "måns", he means laurent meunier.

Oilers Top-50

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I rank the fifty-best prospects in the Oilers system.

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