Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Jujhar Khaira has worked hard to develop a complete game in his rookie season with Oklahoma City (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
Changes are afoot within the Edmonton Oilers organization – most notably with the firing of head coach Dallas Eakins and the promotion of former Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson to interim head coach of the Oilers. Also important to note in this year’s minor league update is the dissolution of the relationship between the Edmonton Oilers and the Oklahoma City Barons, effective at the end of the 2014-15 season. It has been reported that in 2015-16, the Oilers’ farm team will be relocating to Bakersfield, California, where the Oilers-owned ECHL team, the Bakersfield Condors, currently play.
Photo: Vancouver Giants forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Jackson Houck had increased his goal total from 23 to 34 in 2013-14, and has netted 11 so far in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
With the Edmonton Oilers making news across the National Hockey League in recent weeks for many of the wrong reasons, one wonders what the effect might be on prospects eyeing up opportunities to break into the organization. The recent history suggests it’s a tough gig for players selected beyond the first round by the Oilers. Read more»
Photo: Darnell Nurse started the season with Edmonton but was returned to the OHL to further his development (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Following the graduation of a number of notable prospects either to the minor pro or NHL level, the Edmonton Oilers are currently lighter in numbers when it comes to Junior talent than they have been in recent years.
Photo: Laurent Brossoit has strengthened Edmonton’s goaltending depth in the prospect ranks, which was once an area of weakness for the team. (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
While the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild and retool their squad at the NHL level, their diverse group of prospects have been flourishing for the most part, with a number taking significant steps under the tutelage of Todd Nelson of the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL).
Photo: Marco Roy has recovered from a wrist injury and looks to bounce back offensively in 2014-15. (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
After strong performances at the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia where the team went 2-1 (which is a drastic improvement from last year’s 0-3 performance) and a 4-2 victory over the CIS National Champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, in an exhibition game, it is clear that the impressive crop of Edmonton Oilers prospects will be exciting to follow in the upcoming 2014-15 season.