Monday, October 27, 2008

Oilers NHL prospects

NHL Central Scouting have 2 of our Oilers listed as 'B' rated. A 'B' rated player is a player for the scouts to note if they are in the area, a potential selection in the third to fifth round draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The 2 players are Rodger Craig and Corbin Knight.

Camrose has the only A rated player, A must see player who is predicted to be a potential First or Second Round Draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. That player is Dylan Olsen.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oilers slipping

After losing 2 games this weekend to so called weaker teams in the Northern Division of the AJHL, we find ourselves in third place in the Southern Division. Drumheller has jumped 5 points ahead of the Okotoks Oilers and the Calgary Canucks who have allowed the fewest number of goals in the entire league are 3 points ahead.And don't look behind us or you will see Brooks on our doorstep (one point back) and Olds right behind them.

So does the standing really matter? Probably not. At least not at this time of year. Only one team misses the playoffs and we all know that it will be the Calgary Royals.

The important thing is to get consistency during the year and the Oilers do not have it now. Winning only 1 game in the past 7 proves that. Sure, injuries have a bit to do with that. But when I listen to away games, I just don't hear things like "a great pass by Hudkins" or "a great rush by Daigle". Right now it's "an errant pass by.." or " a give away by..." .

The Oilers have to pull up their socks and find their offense again, and the defence have to get the puck out of the zone more quickly or this could be a long season.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Derek Rodwell choosen to play for Team Canada West

Okotoks Oilers Derek Rodwell has been selected to play for Team Canada West in the 2008 World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta this November.

Team Canada West General Manager Leonard Strandberg, Head Coach Boris Rybalka and the selection team selected Derek Rodwell, the Okotoks Oiler forward from 40 hopefulls that included Oilers goalie Sean Cahill, Forward James Bannister and Forward Corbin Knight.

It certainly is a high honor to be selected to try out for your country like these 4 Oilers did, but to be selected to the team like Derek Rodwell was is a dream come true for any Canadian hockey player.

The team is made up of players from the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, and MJHL. The competition was tough and we can be proud of these guys for their early season accomplishments. What an honor for Derek and the Oilers!

Congratulations from your team, your family, your friends and your fans.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

PIM leaders

Pim leaders:

1 Trent Colberg - Drumheller Dragons - 101
2 Curtis deBruyn - Olds Grizzlys - 85
3 Justin Lutz - Brooks Bandits - 74
4 Greg Hennessey - Bonnyville Pontiacs - 63
5 Bradley Drobot - Calgary Royals - 62
6 Jesse Hudkins - Okotoks Oilers - 61
7 Darcy Osmond - Olds Grizzlys - 61
8 Trevor Smyth - Drumheller Dragons - 60
9 Cam Dion - Camrose Kodiaks - 59
10 Corey Campbell - Olds Grizzlys - 58
11 Wyatt Hamilton - Camrose Kodiaks - 54
12 Andrew MacWilliam - Camrose Kodiaks - 54
13 Brance Orban - Olds Grizzlys - 52
14 Shadoe Stoodley - Olds Grizzlys - 52
15 Jeremy Beirnes - Camrose Kodiaks - 51
16 Darren Kramer - Grande Prairie Storm - 50
17 Kyle Fehr - Drumheller Dragons - 49
18 Kyle Miller - Camrose Kodiaks - 49
19 Erik Toews - Brooks Bandits - 48
20 Thomas Stachiw - Calgary Royals - 48

Only 2 guys from the Northern Division. What gives....

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Four Oilers selected to attend evaluation camp.

Hockey Canada, in conjunction with the Alberta Junior Hockey League, announced today the 40-man roster of AJHL Players invited to attend a one-day evaluation camp in preparation for the 2008 World Junior A Challenge.

Congratulations to the following Oilers to have been selected;

Team White
Goal; Sean Cahill
Forward; Derek Rodwell
Forward; James Bannister

Team Black
Forward; Corban Knight

On Monday, October 6th the Staff from Team Canada West will evaluate and select the AJHL participants who will represent Canada at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta this November.

“The evaluation camp provides the Team Canada Staff an opportunity to evaluate talent for this year’s team as well as future teams,” said Team Canada West Head Coach Boris Rybalka. “This is the first time we will have a chance to evaluate all of the prospects as they compete against one another.”

The forty selected AJHL Players will have a second chance to impress the Scouts following the 2008 AJHL Showcase Weekend. “The players invited to camp will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to Team Canada Staff as well as a number of NHL Scouts in attendance. We anticipate several scouts from the NHL and NCAA will attend the camp to get a first-hand look at these highly scouted players competing together,” added Rybalka.

To assist in a more thorough player evaluation process for the World Junior A Challenge both Team Canada West and Team Canada East are conducting prospect camps. The one-day camp for Team West will include two early morning ice sessions followed by a game in the afternoon at the Sherwood Park Arena in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

A new nemisis

So it looks like the Calgary Canucks are becoming quite the thorn in our side. They seem to have our number this season as they defeated us 4-1 on Friday. They now hold the season series lead of 2 games to 1.

Good to see a couple of of our injured players coming back on Thursday against the Camrose Kodiaks and both getting points. Cody Dion gets an assist and James Bannister gets a goal and an assist. We still have Justin Daigle out with a concussion.

Now lets all go and enjoy the weekend.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Oilers down the Kodiaks.

I won't go into the game reviews here anymore. They are available on the Okotoks Oilers website. I will rant and rave though, something that I can't do on the Oilers site.

There were 14 penalties called against the Camrose Kodiaks last night, compared to 9 against our Oilers. Looks and sounds like the Kodiaks were getting beat to the puck and the D were getting beat quite often causing the Camrose team to take the penalities. Give the Oilers credit for there perserverance of drive and pressuring the Kodiaks into these penalities.

Our guys are playing extremely well right now. Everyone is chipping in and the scoring and defense are working great. Every win is important, but wins against specific teams like the Kodiaks are a little sweeter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oilers demolish the Calgary Royals

The Okotoks Oilers improved their away record this year to 5-1 as they crushed the Calgary Royals 9-2 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary on Tuesday night.

The Oilers were coming off a five day break in their schedule and they showed the Royals they were ready to play from the opening whistle.

The first period saw the Oilers get the only goal, a PP goal by Tyler Matthews, his first of the year from Cody Dion. The shots on goal flattered the Royals 8-8. Score after 1 was Oilers 1, Royals 0.

The second period saw the Oilers pour on the pressure by outshooting the Calgary team 22-8 and outscoring the Royals 3-2 on all even strength goals. Kyle Reynolds with his first, Cody Dion with his second of the season and Chris Duszynski with his third of the year tallied for the Oilers in a period where the Oilers kept attacking and showed good speed. Score after two, Oilers 4 Royals 2.

The Oilers continued the onslaught in the third with 5 straight goals starting with Corbin Knight's 9th goal of the season followed by Derek Rodwell's 6 goal of the year with a PP goal. Two more goals by Tyler Matthews within 23 seconds of each other gives him the hat trick. Andrew Singerhouse closed out the scoring with his 3rd of the year. Final shots on goal were Oilers 43, Royals 20 and the final score was 9-2. Oilers were 2 for 11 on the powerplay and the Royals were 1 for 9.

The Okotoks star of the game was Chris Duszynski with 1 goal and 3 assists. Oilers goaltender Steve Papciak (3-0) gets the win.

So the Okotoks Oilers head up to Sherwood Park for the AJHL Showcase this Thursday and Friday. Two games, one away (Kodiaks) and one home (Canucks) to show the many scouts in attendance what great players are in this league.