The Edmonton Oilers won both of their split-squad games against the Calgary Flames Monday.
Edmonton’s group at Rogers Place took a 5-2 win over the Flames, and their group at the Saddledome came out on top with a 5-4 victory.
With strong performances from many players, here is everything you should know about the Oilers’ outstanding preseason debut.
Strome, McDavid Pack Punch
Though many believed that Strome would be more comfortable starting off in the centre role, he has been solid as a winger so far.
Playing alongside Connor McDavid, the 23-year-old forward has found a lot of chemistry and power on offence. He has been a force on the Oilers’ power-play unit through the preseason and finished the night with a goal, two points and five shots on net.
Both of them bounce off each other and have shown tremendous skill. Considering they are complementing each other well so far, it wouldn’t be surprising to keep this duo together heading into the year.
In just his first taste of NHL action, Yamamoto made the most of his opportunity. The 2017 22nd overall pick finished with a remarkable unassisted goal and assist on Jujhar Khaira’s goal, and displayed a lot of skill on offence.
With quick hands, great speed and strong hockey vision, he showed that he has a lot to offer Edmonton. He looked solid out there and able to keep up with the pace of the game, all while showing bursts of offensive brilliance.
Though still young, and despite the fact that he still has ways to go in juniors, Yamamoto is getting closer to the NHL as he continues to prove his worth as a late first-round sleeper. In fact, if he keeps up the work at training camp, he could be a dark horse for a roster spot this year.
Caggiula, Khaira Proving Worth
Drake Caggiula is trying to prove to Edmonton that he can fit in on the top-six, and Khaira wants to show that he should be a permanent player for the Oilers this season. With solid performances during Monday’s game, as well as their overall prominence, both are close to reaching new heights this season.
Caggiula struck twice Monday, and Khaira scored on a quick snapshot. If both can keep up the scoring, and prove their chemistry as top-notch wingers, they will get their game to where they want it to be this year.