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2021 Oilers Camp Notes: Day One

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They’re baaaack! Let’s get cooking.

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With only ten days until regular season games (and no preseason games this season), training camp will be here and gone before you know it. Today was day one. Let’s take a look at training camp roster.

Asterisk - PTO

GOAL (5)

Mikko Koskinen 19
Dylan Wells 30
Anton Forsbeg 33
Mike Smith 41
Stuart Skinner 50

DEFENCE (12)

Kris Russell 4
Ryan Stanton* 5
Adam Larsson 6
Slater Koekkoek 20
Tyson Barrie 22
Darnell Nurse 25
Ethan Bear 74
Evan Bouchard 75
Markus Niemelainen 80
Theodore Lennstrom 81
Caleb Jones 82
William Lagesson 84

FORWARD (23)

Kyle Turris 8
Joakim Nygärd 10
Devin Shore* 14
Josh Archibald 15
Jujhar Khaira 16
James Neal 18
Dominik Kahun 21
Seth Griffith 23
Alan Quine 26
Adam Cracknell 27
Leon Draisaitl 29
Alex Chiasson 39
Zack Kassian 44
Tyler Benson 49
Patrick Russell 52
Kailer Yamamoto 56
Tyler Ennis 63
Cooper Marody 65
Ryan McLeod 70
Gaetan Haas 91
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 93
Connor McDavid 97
Jesse Puljujärvi 98

There are 40 camp invites. There will be a roster of 23 at the end of training camp, but there will also be a six player “taxi squad” that will travel with the team

This year I’ve finally figured out how to type umlauts. Gonna be a good year.

There’s not much on-ice action to talk about today, other than the optional skate that took place. Media availability followed, players (and coaches) were excited to get back to work.

Coach Tippett said that this year’s theme is to take a step forward. Tippett also commented that there isn’t one player who will take the place of Oscar Klefbom’s minutes in the lineup, though it is to be expected that Darnell Nurse will probably get some more of those minutes. One thing Tippett spoke about to really keep an eye on this year will be how the goaltenders will be utilized, and I really think this is a big piece of this year’s puzzle. Back-to-back games will be everywhere on the schedule, but so will three games in four nights, and four games in six. It will be interesting to see if the taxi squad is used, or if the club will keep an extra goaltender on the roster at all times.

The first formal practice begins tomorrow.