Oiler Training Camp Day 1

By Kim Gernack
I had heard thru my little grape vine that Poti was close with the Oilers and thought he would be signed. I had also thought that guys like Ninnima’s back would be ok by today and knew nothing about Sven Butenchans injury. While Poti and Ninnima can afford to miss a day of camp and still make this team, I believe that Sven is put behind some standout performances by other defensemen in particular draft pick Semenov.

The best line on the ice was one made up of Green, Laraque and centered by Rem Murray. They carried the play, made big hits, controlled the puck and generally had a free rein whenever they were on the ice. This is one line that I hope stays intact as it can wreck a lot of havoc, and provide the necessary jump to a game when things slow down.

The speed and creativity of the line of Hemsky, Rita and Comrie was apparent, but Mike Comrie needs to slow down a bit and not take on so much. He was all over the ice, and if that continues he’ll wear himself out by Christmas. This line has blazing speed, great skills. (Great high speed pass’s) and good movement. The only thing they really could use is a year’s experience. While I can’t see this line staying together, when it matures in a year or so, they will be awesome.

Red Deer Rebel Shay Stevenson was also a big hitter today, and while he’ll be in Red Deer by the end of the week, look for things from this kid as he develops in the future. The goaltending situation was a bit of a concern, but both Ty Conklin and Makennnen showed that they are both very capable of stopping the puck. Makennen made a couple of easy shots exciting sending a buzz through the crowd, he also made a couple of difficult shots look easy and you can see the D-men playing with him had some confidence in his abilities. While we think Conklin will start in Hamilton, he has shown so far that he is a good position guy who simply stops the puck.

Such is the day one report from the Oiler camp