The Oilers have some good up and coming prospects, so let me get on with it, and show you how each is doing in camp, and there chances of sticking with the Oilers this year:
Kelly looks like he’s earned a spot for sure. He’s been displaying the same great combination of speed, skill, and grittiness that got him into some playoff action last season with the big club.
It looks as though Mike Watt may start the season in Hamilton. He could stick, but will probably be one of the last players to be sent down to the AHL. He could be a call-up this season, however.
Boyd has been improving each day of camp and looks like he may win a spot. Devereaux really bulked up since being drafted 6th overall in the ’96 draft. He is now listed at 6’2″, 200 lbs. Look for him to be battling with Kelly between the 3rd and 4th line center positions.
Descoteax has been suprising a lot of people so far. He has really filled out (6’3, 220 lbs) and is steady both offensively and defensively. Although almost every defenseman can benefit from a season in the AHL first, Descoteaux could make the team right out of junior.