YOUNG STARS: Oilers Rookies vs. Jets Rookies Pregame Report

News and notes from Oilers rookie camp and informal skates as players begin preparations for main camp, preseason and the start of the 2022-23 NHL season.

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PENTICTON, BC – Opening night in the Okanagan.

The Edmonton Oilers rookies will kick off their Young Star Classic schedule Friday night with a game against the Winnipeg Jets rookies at the South Okanagan Events Center in Pentiction.

Friday’s contest is the first of three exhibition contests against the Jets, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames for the Oilers Rookies, with a number of prospects set to earn their invite to main camp next week at Edmonton.

With this group of fresh-faced prospects, many of whom are attending their first professional recruit camp, either as the club’s recent draft picks or invitees, mistakes are expected at the start of the season.

The coaching staff led by Bakersfield Condors head coach Colin Chaulk took these potential missteps into account as they went back to basics in the hope that the wrinkles would slowly unravel as the tournament went on. progress.

During the first two on-ice sessions, including Friday morning practice, the focus was on special teams, checking the opposing zone and coming back with intensity.

“We’re going to make mistakes,” Chaulk said. “Everyone will do it, and we want those to end on that side of the progression, whether it’s the forecheck or a zone entry in a game. We want to make sure we’re aggressive and we want winning our battles, we want to finish first, and we want to get inside. That’s mainly our theme for the first two days.”

Edmonton has a strong roster that includes 13 draft picks and the club’s most recent first-round picks in Reid Schaefer (2022, 32nd overall, Xavier Bourgault (2021, 22nd overall) Dylan Holloway (2020, 14th overall) and Philip Broberg (2019, 8th overall).

“I think we’ve got a pretty good roster for this tournament, so it’s going to be good,” forward Matvey Petrov said.

Between the posts, Ryan Fanti, a free agent for the university, will start the first game before Olivier Rodrigue takes control of the crease in Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

CHAULK DRAWING

This Oilers rookie camp isn’t just for players.

The Condors coaching staff will take the reins behind the bench tonight when the puck falls between Oilers rookies and Jets rookies, and it will be one of the first times staff at the AHL branch will Edmonton will work together behind the bench.

“We had to replace a lot of personnel,” said Chaulk, who took charge of the Condors mid-season after Jay Woodcroft was brought up to the Oilers with Dave Manson, before the game. “I started with (assistant coaches) Keith McCambridge and Josh Green and then brought in (video coordinator) Kris Horn, so going through that process and establishing those guys.

“I wanted to make sure we put the right people in place and learned from previous staff in a similar process to what I went through. I’m really excited to have the additions at Bakersfield.”

Video: RAW | Colin Chaulk 09.16.22

The Young Star Classic allows coaches to continue to build on the relationships that were first established over the summer at development camp in Edmonton, with many prospects attending rookie camp expected to play a role important in Bakersfield this season.

Additionally, the tournament is another opportunity for NHL and AHL management and coaches to further align their approaches heading into the regular season.

“I think the foundation was already laid,” Chaulk said. “The process I went through with Jay this summer, I knew what I was getting into and I believed very similar to what he believed in terms of the system. When he came up, I don’t want to say it was an easy transition, but we just continued messaging.”

BURNING PETROV

Petrov plays with his heart on his sleeve every time he takes to the ice.

“I think you have to smile on the ice because it’s a pretty important game. You have to be emotional on the ice.

The Russian forward smiles at every practice and team event in Penticton, loving every moment of being part of the Oilers organization, but on the ice that can quickly turn into a frown if he misses a shot or cannot connect on a skip routine.

It’s part of the game and the personality of a player who is going through his second Oilers rookie camp after first arriving on North American soil last summer with no knowledge of the English language or playing experience. on another continent.

“When I came to Canada a year ago, I didn’t know the English language and it was quite difficult for the first two months,” he said. “Day by day I’m just improving my English and it’s not that bad right now.”

What quickly transcended any language barrier was the Russian’s incredible ability to shoot the puck, leading to a terrific 40-goal, 90-point first season in the OHL with the North Bay Battalion and signing him to a contract. three-year starter with the Oilers back in November.

Video: RAW | Matvey Petrov 16.09.22

“He’s running it underhand, so it’s on his stick and off the stick,” Chaulk said. “But he’s also not afraid to change the angle and not just throw it into the shin guards or throw it into the goalkeeper to say it’s important to shoot on the net. I think when the release needs to be quick but not rushed then also when he needs to have a bit of patience and composure obviously he hits his target and it’s pretty hard not to mention he’s got 90 points so he can also pass the puck.

Petrov knows there are more expectations of himself and the coaching staff to develop his game and make even greater progress towards becoming an NHL player, including receiving more attention from other teams. , supporters and management.

“It’s the second year in North America, and obviously it’s going to be a tough season for me,” he said. “In my sophomore year, everyone is watching you and I have to show something that shows I just want to be here. I’m going to show something.”

Chaulk believes Petrov’s experience of being a 40-goal scorer in the OHL

“He’s more of a seasoned veteran so to speak, so the nerves won’t be as much for him when you see someone going through him for the first time,” Chaulk said. “He can shoot the puck, has great hockey IQ offensively and we’re trying to develop his checking game and defensive side while making organic decisions.

— Jamie Umbach, EdmontonOilers.com

OILERS ROOKIES vs. JETS ROOKIES

FLOW: 5:00 PM MT on EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers expected lineup

Attackers

Dylan Holloway – James Hamblin – Xavier Bourgault
Matvey Petrov- Noah Philp- Tyler Tullio
Reid Schaefer – Filip Engaras – Carter Savoie
Dino Kambeitz – Cole Dubinsky – Jake Chiasson

Defense

Philip Broberg – Max Wanner
Noah Dorey – Michael Kesselring
Darien Kielb – Phil Kemp

Goalkeepers

Ryan Fanti
Olivier Rodrigue

Video: OILERS TODAY | Young Stars Guide 09.15.22

List of jets

Goalkeepers

Oskari Salminen – 35
Domenic De Vincentiis – 60
Arvid Holm – 75

Defense

Anton Johannesson – 41
Simon Lundmark – 42
Tyrel Bauer – 52
Dmitry Kuzmin – 58
Ethan Cap – 62
Dean Stewart – 94
Simon Kubicek – 95
Wyatt Wilson – 97

Attackers

Daniel Torgersson – 40
Wyatt Bongiovanni – 46
Brad Lambert – 47
Chaz Lucius – 51
Henri Nikkanen – 53
Danny Zhilkin – 56
Brandon Cutler – 59
Isaac Johnson – 82
Greg Meireles – 84
Thomas Caron – 86
Cole Perfetti – 91
Chase Bertholet – 92
Tyler Boland – 96

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