According to the Edmonton Oilers official Twitter account, the team has cut four more players from their training camp roster. Included in this round of cuts are defenseman Brandon Davidson and forwards Cameron Abney, Kale Kessy and Mitchell Moroz.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 18, 2013
As a result there are 41 players still jockeying for a roster spot on the Oilers made up of four goalies, 14 defensemen and 23 forwards. With the Oilers in action tonight against the Canucks, the team could potentially make a few more assignments before the end of the week. There next action after tonight comes on Saturday when the Canucks make a return trip to Edmonton in what will be the Oilers fifth pre-season game. Only three games remain after this weekend’s tilt meaning Dallas Eakins and his staff will have to get the roster down in numbers for the final couple of games to resemble something that opening night will look like.
Davidson is the feel good story of this year’s camp given his battle with cancer in November of 2012. Not even a full calendar year later there he was competing for a spot on the Oilers team, proving that giving up is never an option.
This round of cuts and who was in them doesn’t come as a surprise. These four players are still prospects and will need a couple of years to help develop their game before being ready to contribute to the Oilers at the elite level.