Originally posted on NHL Hot Stove  |  Last updated 10/3/11

By Kathryn Uggerholt

The Edmonton Oilers preseason got hockey fans talking for more than a couple of reasons.

High Points

  • Of the eight preseason games, the Oilers won five.  They defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-4, the Calgary Flames twice by finals of 2-1 and 3-0, the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 and the Minnesota Wild 4-3.
  • In one of the wins against the Calgary Flames, Devan Dubnyk recorded a shutout when he made 30 saves.
  • Ales Hemsky took to the ice for the first time since March.  Hemsky injured his shoulder and had surgery on it in that month and missed the end of the season.  He had 15:57 minutes of ice time with 3:27 of that coming on the power play.
  • The “Kid Line” of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins amassed a total of seven points in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.  Nugent-Hopkins scored late in the opening period on the power play with one of the assists going to Hall.  In the second period, Hall scored twice with an assist coming from Nugent-Hopkins on both and Eberle on one.  To break down where the points were, Hall had three, Nugent-Hopkins had three and Eberle had one.
  • The 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. With late goals from Linus Omark and Ryan Jones, the Oilers and Wild went to overtime and then a shootout when Anton Lander got the winner.
  • Anton Lander proved to the team that he is good on breakaways.  In the first period of the Wild victory he scored on a penalty shot, and then scored in the shootout to win the game.

Low Points

  • Prior to official preseason, forward Ben Eager sustained a concussion in the Joey Moss Cup game.  Coach Renney says it is not severe but he also does not know the length of time in which Eager will be out.
  • Sam Gagner injures his ankle in 2-1 win over the Flames.  He crashed into the boards but then skated away under his own power.  News later came out that he had a high ankle sprain.
  • The lowest point of the preseason would be the injury to Taylor Fedun.  While racing for the puck to avoid an icing call, Fedun got Eric Nystrom‘s stick blade caught in his skate and crashed into the boards — foot first.  The crash resulted in Fedun fracturing his femur.  Coach Renney said that Fedun had surgery that night and remained in a hospital in Minnesota.  He needed a rod inserted into his femur.
  • The hits kept coming in the following game.  Victor Oreskovich threw a hard hit on Nugent-Hopkins that sparked a bit of controversy amongst the teams.  That clean hit was followed up by two questionable hits delivered by Alex Edler and Marco Sturm.  Edler received a minor penalty for an elbow on Hall and Sturm did as well as for an elbow on Lennart Petrell.  There is debate over whether or not the two hits should be reviewed.
Notable Roster Moves
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins survived the final cuts.  The highly touted draft pick watched player after player get cut, assigned or placed on waivers but has earned himself a spot on the opening night roster.
  • Forward Gilbert Brule has been placed on waivers.  His season ended in March with a concussion and he later struggled with lightheadedness.


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