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Oilers Assign Four More

After an extended stay, Darnell Nurse will return to the Greyhounds. Three more players to OKC, while Ryan Jones survives the latest wave of cuts.

Christian Petersen

The Oilers assigned four more after last night's 5-3 victory over the Rangers.

Among those assigned-

Some quick notes-

It's entirely plausible that the Oilers go out and grab another centre via the trade market.  With Anton Lander being sent to OKC, it's looking like Mark Arcobello and Will Acton will be your 2 and 4 guys down the middle, at least for the time being.  Early reports are suggesting Sam Gagner will be out a couple months from his jaw injury, so I'd be a bit inclined to see the Oilers make a move for someone here.  Before training camp started, there was a fair bit of talk among the base about Lander being this year's 4C.  If Lander is having trouble making that spot when the team is down two centres, I'm not sure how often he'll make the show when Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are healthy.

Tyler Pitlick had a strong preseason, and was the best recent draft pick to give Ryan Jones a run for his money. Paired with the aforementioned Lander and Jones in last night's victory, Pitlick played in four games and had an assist to go with six shots and two penalty minutes.

With both Corey Potter and Denis Grebeshkov injured, it appeared that Taylor Fedun's chances of making the big club would have gotten a bit brighter, but he was one of two defencemen (along with Nurse) to be assigned.  Fedun is Edmonton's leading scorer on defence this preseason with four points (0-4-4) in four games.

After an impressive camp, 2013 first round pick Darnell Nurse was finally returned to the Greyhounds (OHL).  There was some talk about keeping him up for nine games of the 2013-14 season, the Oilers did right here by returning him to junior, as there's absolutely no compelling reason to start this guy's ELC at this time.  Nurse will be a strong candidate to make the team in 2014-15.