The #Oilers have reduced their training camp roster, assigning 15 players to the @Condors. Five goalies, 15 defencemen & 25 forwards remain in camp. https://t.co/5yIbVtSFlV— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 18, 2018
The Oilers have made their first big wave of 2018 training camp cuts today.
Here’s a quick rundown of who’s headed to Bakersfield
Ryan Van Stralen
No. The first big wave of cuts sees no surprises, and the Oilers will still need to trim their roster by an additional 22 players before the season begins.
Forward Ryan McLeod had three points in last night’s 7-4 win over Calgary. He’ll remain for another game or two.
Defenceman Evan Bouchard will probably be a decision made closer to the regular season. He had a goal in last night’s victory in Calgary.
I’ve got Kailer Yamamoto making the club for half the year or more.
Goaltenders Dylan Wells and Shane Starrett remain in camp. They join Cam Talbot, Al Montoya and Mikko Koskinen. It wouldn’t be unheard of, but the Oilers may roll with 3 netminders at the beginning of the season until they get comfortable with two that they really like. I’d be shocked if it Mikko Koskinen wasn’t one of them, but if he doesn’t grab the reins quickly, look out. The Oilers rolled with three netminders eight years ago when Jeff Deslauriers, Martin Gerber and Devan Dubnyk started out 2010-11.
The Oilers are in Vancouver to take on the Canucks tonight. I’d expect another wave of cuts to come after Thursday’s match against the Winnipeg Jets at home.