Oilers pre-season wraps up in Germany
The Edmonton Oilers will have seven exhibition games to essentially pick their squad before flying to Cologne, Germany, to play Leon Draisaitl’s father’s team on Oct. 3.
The 2018-19 NHL regular season schedule isn’t out until June 21, the day before the draft, but the Oilers start in Gothenburg, Sweden, against Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 6 before two or three league games on the U.S. East Coast.
The Oilers will be cutting down their team earlier than usual because of the European trip. They have a 1 p.m. home game against Calgary Flames on Sept. 29 and will leave shortly after that for Germany for the Oct. 3 exhibition against Peter Draisaitl’s Cologne Sharks at the 18,500-seat Lanxness Arena.
The Oilers will practice there for a couple of days, play the German League team, and then have another two days of practice in Sweden before meeting the Devils in the ninth NHL regular season game in Sweden.
It’s the Devils’ home game at the Scandinavium, so the Oilers will see Hall and New Jersey later in the season at Rogers Place.
The Oilers haven’t announced it yet, but their annual summer development camp for drafted players and a few invites will start June 25 in Edmonton, not their usual trip to Jasper for a week. It may be at the Downtown Community Rink, attached to Rogers Place.