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Oilers Cut Seven Players: Some Interesting Names Go and Stay

The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time in trimming down the training camp roster on Tuesday. Seven are gone and the list sits at 51 names.

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Who's Gone

Among the interesting names cut were late-round draft selection, but ever-progressing Ethan Bear, along with defenseman Caleb Jones. Neither are terribly surprising as they weren't likely to make the team, but some may have given another game to both players to see where they stood. Bear hasn't shown terribly well so far this season, but he's a player with real advancement potential.

Who's Left

There are still 16 defensemen, eight of which might be in tough to make the team. These include Matthew Benning, Dillon Simpson, Mark Fraser, Eric Gryba, David Musil, Jordan Oesterle, Andrew Ference and Griffin Reinhart. Of the group, Gryba may have the inside track.

At forward, there's Tyler Benson, Josh Currie, Kyle Platzer, Ryan Hamilton, Breden Christoffer, Mitch Moroz, Patrick Russell, Greg Chase, Taylor Beck, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepeshev, Jere Sallinen and Ryan Vesce who will be in tough. I don't see any of these names with realistic shots at the opening night lineup, but understandably, Edmonton wants a longer look before moving them.

Fringe prospects are Tyler Pitlick, Drake Caggiula, Anton Lander and Jesse Puljujarvi. I'd suggest Puljujarvi is a 50/50, since to me Kris Versteeg is a lock to make the team and I see Yakupov making this roster.

When It Gets Interesting

Taking nothing away from the players who were moved today and to those about to go, the next set of cuts will be pretty obvious. Where it will get fun to watch is fringe players and PTO contracts that are fighting for a limited amount of roster spots.

I think outside long-shots go to Pitlick, Caggiula and Oesterle. If I'm correct in any of those assumptions, it means that somebody pretty decent at playing NHL hockey is getting cut.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.

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6 Responses to "Oilers Cut Seven Players: Some Interesting Names Go and Stay"

  1. I wouldn't count out Vesce, he old surprise people

  2. Replies
    1. I like him, but I think he's in tough with the depth Edmonton has brought to camp.

  3. Absolutely he is, but he's got a few things going for him, he's a right, proven pp guy and is good in the dot. Also seems the oilers want to alternate Leon based on competition so could see Vesce as the 13 the guy on opening night.

  4. Is Andrew Ference still trying out? I thought he had retired.

  5. Because the Oilers plan to put Ference on LTIR (long-term injury reserve) they have to do so after the regular season opens. Means that Ference will still be on the active roster until the end of camp.


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