Oil­ers pre-sea­son wraps up in Ger­many

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS -

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.

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