Photo: KHL rookie Bogdan Yakimov, shown here skating for Russia at the Subway Super Series, has scored four points in seven KHL games despite limited ice time (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
As the Edmonton Oilers start to wrap up their pre-season and prepare to make their final cuts, many of the Oilers' top prospects are heading back to either Oklahoma City or their respective junior squads with some valuable NHL experience under their belts.
Photo: Offensive-minded defenseman Justin Schultz leads a deep and talented defensive pipeline for the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Perry Nelson/Getty Images)
The Edmonton Oilers organization underwent some changes during the off-season with new general manager Craig MacTavish making some big moves at the 2013 NHL Draft as well as during the free agent frenzy. Many of the signings were already at the NHL level hence why there was not a great influx of new prospects here, but you can be sure that things will continue to be shaken up as we head into the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Edmonton selected defenseman Darnell Nurse with the seventh overall pick, breaking a streak of six consecutive forwards drafted with the team’s first pick in the draft (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The Edmonton Oilers began the 2013 NHL Draft with six selections, but after trading away their 37th pick to Los Angeles for the 57th, 88th, and 96th picks and then swapping the 57th pick to St. Louis for their 83rd, 94th, and 113th, the Oilers walked away with 10 new prospects.
Photo: Taylor Hall was the first of three consecutive first overall picks made by the Edmonton Oilers from 2010 to 2012 (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
For the first time in four years, the Edmonton Oilers will not be taking the first overall pick in the NHL Draft. Although they failed to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year, the Oilers managed to climb a bit farther up the ladder and landed at 24th in the league after the regular season. Soon after came the dismissal of General Manager Steve Tambellini, only to be replaced by former head coach Craig MacTavish, who is anticipated to make some big changes for the club.
Photo: The first overall pick in 2012, Nail Yakupov finished his first NHL season with the most goals (17) and tied for the most points (31) among rookies (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
This is the second edition of the Edmonton Oilers yearly prospect awards. After missing the playoffs for the seventh year in a row, the Oilers are looking to make some big changes in their roster and have a strong reliance on a deep prospect pool. The 2012-13 season saw great improvements for some, while others fell short of expectations. The Oilers have some strong defensive prospects in the pipeline with a mix of skilled but not yet fully-developed talent on their front end.