Edmonton Oilers: Slepyshev Nearing Return, Pasquale Waived

EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 30: Anton Slepyshev. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 30: Anton Slepyshev. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev is nearing a return from an injury that has held him out most of training camp. In addition, the team has placed Edward Pasquale on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield.

Slepyshev injured his ankle during training in the offseason and was projected to be out for the majority of camp. In fact, his injury has inspired players like Jesse Puljujarvi, Jujhar Khaira and Kailer Yamamoto to step up and prove their worth in the meantime.

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In 41 games last season, the Russian winger finished with four goals and 10 points. During the playoffs, he made a huge impact with the team, posting three goals in 12 postseason games and creating a multitude of scoring chances.

He told Oilers.com that he is “80 percent” ready to get back into action. He hopes to play in a couple of preseason games prior to the regular season. Stil, he is aware that there are other players fighting for his spot, and that they have shined brightly in his absence. In fact, it is possible that he could start the year on the outs if the Oilers want to give Khaira, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi a chance to shine.

In other news, Edmonton waived goaltender Edward Pasquale for the purpose of reassignment, the team announced Saturday. The Oilers brought him in on a one-year deal this offseason, along with a number of other NHL/AHL free agents.

In 29 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins last year, the 26-year-old went 15-9-5, boasting a 2.43 goals-against-average and .919 save mark, as well as four shutouts. He was also vital in the Griffins’ journey to the Calder Cup.

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Pasquale played in one preseason game with the Oilers, making 10 saves on 12 shots against the Calgary Flames. He will likely battle Nick Ellis for the starting spot in Bakersfield, and will also play a role in the team’s ever-growing goaltending depth.