EDMONTON OIL KINGS – GAME NOTES
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
EDMONTON OIL KINGS (5-0-0-0) vs. SASKATOON BLADES (3-2-0-0)
Season Game: 6 Home Game: 4
CENTRAL SCOUTING SPOTLIGHT – The Edmonton Oil Kings and Saskatoon Blades were each represented in the NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list that was issued on Monday. Of the 110 CHL players listed, 35 are members of the Western Hockey League. Of those 35, four are Edmonton Oil Kings while three are Saskatoon Blades. Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson and Blades centre Kirby Dach were each listed as an ‘A’ rating, which indicates a first round candidate.
Saskatoon defenceman Emil Malysjev was given a ‘B’ rating which indicates second or third round candidates, while teammate and centre Nolan Maier, along with Oil Kings wingers Vladimir Alistrov, David Kope and defenceman Jacson Alexander each received ‘C’ ratings as potential fourth/fifth/sixth round candidates.
SPECIAL TEAMS BATTLE – Tonight will see the 4th overall ranked Saskatoon power play (7-for-23, 30.4% efficiency) face off against the 3rd ranked overall penalty kill of the Oil Kings (16-for-18, 88.9%). Edmonton’s home power play is executing at 27.3% (3-for-11), good for 7th in the league while the Blades road penalty kill sits 13th in the WHL at 76.9% (10-for-13).
BUSY B’S – The Blades are in the midst of an early busy stretch to their season as they dress for their fourth game in five nights here vs. the Oil Kings. They defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-3 in a shootout, on Saturday before falling to the Prince Albert Raiders, 4-1, on Sunday. After an off-night Monday, they travelled to Red Deer last night where they fell 5-4 to the Rebels. They’ll get Thursday off before playing back-to-back on Friday (Calgary Hitmen) and Saturday (Lethbridge Hurricanes).
CREASE KINGS – Oil Kings goaltenders Dylan Myskiw and Boston Bilous are enjoying successful starts to the 2018-19 season, as both are featured atop a number of league-wide statistical categories. Bilous sits tied for the league’s best mark in goals against average (1.00) and is one of two WHL goaltenders that have registered a shutout this season. Bilous (.946) and Myskiw (.944) sit third and fourth, respectively, in save percentage while Myskiw’s three wins have him tied for third overall in that category.
BLADES TRADE – The Saskatoon Blades acquired 20-year-old defenceman Brandon Schuldhaus from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and a second round pick in 2020 on Tuesday. It’s the fourth WHL team for Schuldhaus (Seattle, Red Deer, Moose Jaw), whose grandfather once dressed as a member of the Oil Kings. Schuldhaus is expected to make his Blades debut tonight.