Eight current Oil Kings to take part in NHL Rookie Camps


Eight current Edmonton Oil Kings, as well as graduated captain Trey Fix-Wolansky, have been invited to take part in eight different National Hockey League Rookie Camps ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Centre Liam Keeler and defenceman Ethan Cap will venture just down the hall at Rogers Place and participate in camp with the Edmonton Oilers. Keeler joins 2016 second round selection Tyler Benson (32nd overall), and 2017 third round selection Stuart Skinner (78th overall) as local products skating in Edmonton’s camp.


Oil Kings teammate, right winger David Kope, will go from friend to foe as he takes part in Rookie Camp with the Calgary Flames. He’ll take on Keeler, Cap and the rest of the Oilers Rookie Camp participants when they meet for two pre-season games – one in Red Deer, AB – and both streamed online.

Defenceman Matthew Robertson is one of four Blueshirts’ selections from the 2019 NHL Draft – Kaapo Kakko, Karl Henriksson, and Hunter Skinner – who will take part in the New York Rangers Rookie Camp, which includes taking part in the annual Traverse City Tournament.


Also competing in the Traverse City Tournament is left winger Vladimir Alistrov, who was a free agent invite to Rookie Camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


The Columbus Blue Jackets will also take part at Traverse City, which means so will right winger Trey Fix-Wolansky, who signed his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets last season. A total of eight teams will compete; the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, along with the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and Rangers.

Defenceman Wyatt McLeod has been invited to take part in Rookie Camp with the Colorado Avalanche. He will take part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff from September 7-10, which will also see rookies from the Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights.
Right winger Josh Williams is off to join the Pittsburgh Penguins Rookie Camp, which will also mean taking part in a Prospects Challenge hosted by the Buffalo Sabres from September 6-9. Other teams participating include the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.
The Ottawa Senators extended a free agent invite to defenceman Conner McDonald, who will face-off against young guns from the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens in the Senators annual Rookie Showcase Tournament taking place in Belleville, ON from September 6-9. The games are set to be broadcast on

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