Following Saturday night’s split pre-season games in both Calgary and Edmonton, the Oilers assigned seven players back to their respective clubs on Sunday. The moves now leave 55 players remaining in camp, broken down by 6 goalies, 18 defencemen and 31 forwards according to the Oilers official website.
Included in the first round of cuts were five players who were drafted by the Oilers in this past year’s NHL Entry Draft. Courtesy of Oilers.com the list along with which junior team they’ll report to is as follows:
D – Ben Betker (Everett – WHL)
F – Ty Bilcke (Windsor – OHL)
F – Greg Chase (Calgary – WHL)
F – Jackson Houck (Vancouver – WHL)
F – Reid Petryk (Everett – WHL)
F – Kyle Platzer (London – OHL)
F – Marc-Olivier Roy (Blainville-Boisbriand- QMJHL)
Both Petryk and Bilcke were camp invites and as Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal wrote, having Bilcke attend the camp was a bit surprising:
Not sure what is the point of inviting a 19-year-old who scored 1 point in 46 OHL games last year. Predictably got involved in a couple of dust-ups in Penticton, but spent a lot of his ice time in chase mode in his own zone.
None the less, the youngster got some valuable experience and surely leaves Edmonton with the knowledge of where his game needs to be over the next few years to have even a remote chance of playing in the NHL some day.
The Oilers next action is on Tuesday when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets. Game time is 6:00 MT.