Daily Dose of the Dub: Oil Kings acquire Myskiw; exodus from NHL camps back to the WHL continues

Oil Kings flood the crease, add Myskiw in deal with Wheat Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings have brought in another goaltender, this time via trade from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Myskiw is the fourth netminder in the Oil Kings preseason roster (regular season not yet posted). He is a 1999-born goalie that was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 bantam draft by the Victoria Royals. The Oil Kings will be his third team in as many seasons, Myskiw has played in 39 WHL contests posting a 14-10-4-0 record with a 3.35 goals against average and a .887 save percentage. Boston Bilous (’01), Todd Scott (’00) and Sebastian Cossa (’02) are the other three netminders on the roster.

Blades get all their NHL prospects back before the season begins.

The Washington Capitals sent back 1999-born Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen and 2000-born Eric Florchuk. Chase Wouters was also sent back to Saskatoon from the Tampa Bay Lightning. All three are expected in the lineup for the Friday night season opener in Swift Current. As a result 2001-born Ethan Mack was released from the roster.

Ferguson headed back to Kamloops

 

The number one netminder in Kamloops has been sent back in time to play in the season opener. Dylan Ferguson was an emergency call-up for the Golden Knights last season, playing the back up role for nine games. His season in Kamloops didn’t go to plan as he and the Blazers missed the playoffs behind his 24-28-1-3 record. A .907 save percentage and 2.95 goals against average was not enough to drag the team in front of him to the promised land. The Blazers are a better team with Ferguson between the pipes and just bolstered their playoff chances.

Ferguson is the first NHL-signed overage to make his ay back.

Capitals send Sutter and Kannok-Leipert back as well

Riley Sutter, who was taken in the third round, 93rd overall by Washington in this past June’s draft. He has yet to be signed. Sutter should be able to get into the lineup for Everett’s season opener on the road against the Vancouver Giants Friday.

Kannok-Leipert (Vancouver Giants) was drafted in the sixth round by the Capitals this past June. He is also unsigned and will be taking the ice in Langley on Friday against Sutter and the visiting Silvertips

Nick Henry headed to Regina

The Regina Pats will welcome back the speedy forward as the team heads into opening weekend. The Colorado Avalanche sent their 2017 fourth round pick back as they made roster cuts ahead of their season opener. Henry was a solid player on the Pats Memorial Cup hosting season posting 14 goals and 15 assists in 53 games following his return from an injury.

Tri-City parts ways with Liam Belcourt

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native was released from the Tri-City Americans roster recently and signed with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. The 2000-born defenceman played in just 16 games with the ‘Ams this past season and only factored into scoring one assist in those games.

Kaspick back on the ice for St Louis

Tanner Kaspick, a 1998-born center who had injury issues last Spring while with the Victoria Royals, is battling through another issue now. He was well enough to take the ice on Wednesday though for the first time since he played for the St Louis Blues at the Traverse City Tournament.

 

Wouters, Onyebuchi and Leppard released from try outs

The Tampa Bay Lightning made some roster changes and the Prince George Cougars, Saskatoon Blades and Kamloops Blazers were the beneficiaries.

Leppard, Onyebuchi and Wouters were all there on try outs. All three are 2000 birth years and will be looking to be drafted in their plus-one draft year.

Fix-Wolansky back with Edmonton

The Oil Kings roster was given a huge boost as their number one scorer from 2017-18 was returned by the Columbus Blue Jackets. 1999-born Trey Fix-Wolansky was a seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL draft. He scored 32 goals and added 57 assists on an Oil Kings team that severely lacked scoring punch.

Tendeck back to WHL, Steenbergen to the AHL

As expected, the Arizona coyotes sent back their sixth round pick in David Tendeck. They also sent free agent signee Tyler Steenbergen – still property of the Swift Current Broncos to the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners. That is where he will likely start.

Broncos get Hofer back

The Swift Current Broncos will welcome back their goalie Joel Hofer, who should take the lions share of starts for them this season in net. The 2000-born netminder was drafted by the Blues but has yet to sign.

WHL players eligible to play this year, still at NHL camps. Listed by WHL team

1998-born, signed players italicized to symbolize that they are eligible to play in the AHL as well and thus less likely to come back to the WHL.

Brandon Wheat Kings (1 not returned yet)

  • Ty Lewis (COL) – 1998 – Free Agent – Signed.

Everett Silvertips (6 not returned yet)

  • Jake Christiansen (CAL) – 1999 – Invite. Extended to main camp.
  • Carter Hart (PHI) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed. 

  • Ondrej Vala (DAL) – 1998 – Free agent – Signed.
  • Garret Pilon (WSH) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

Kelowna Rockets (3 not returned yet)

  • Dillon Dube (CAL) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

  • Cal Foote (TB) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Kole Lind (VAN) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (4)

  • Igor Merezhko (CAL) 1998 – Invite. Extended to main camp.
  • Jordy Bellerive (PIT) – 1999 – Free Agent – Signed.
  • Calen Addison (PIT) – 2000 – Drafted 2018.

  • Akira Schmid (NJ) – 2000 – Drafted 2018.

Medicine Hat Tigers (4)

  • Mason Shaw (MIN) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • David Quenneville (NYI) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Linus Nassen (FLA) – 1998 – Invite. Earned main camp invite. Now at AHL camp.
  • Dylan MacPherson (FLA) – 1998 – Invite. Earned main camp invite. Now at AHL camp.

Moose Jaw Warriors (6)

  • Josh Brook (MTL) – 1999 – Drafted 2017.

  • Justin Almeida (PIT) – 1999 – Drafted 2018.

  • Kale Clague (LAK) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Brett Howden (NYR) – 1998 – Trade with Tampa Bay – Signed.
  • Oleg Sosunov (TB) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

Portland Winterhawks (5 not returned yet)

  • Cody Glass (VGK) – 1999 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Henri Jokiharju (CHI) – 1999 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.

  • Skyler McKenzie (WPG) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Dennis Cholowski (DET) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

  • Kieffer Bellows (NYI) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

Prince Albert Raiders (3 not returned yet)

  • Parker Kelly (OTT) – 1999 – Free Agent – Signed.
  • Brayden Pachal (CAL) – 1999 – Invite. Extended to main camp.
  • Noah Gregor (SJ) – 1998 – Drafted 2016. Signed.

Regina Pats (4 not returned yet)

  • Cale Fleury (MTL) – 1998 – Drafted 2017.
  • Sam Steel (ANA) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Josh Mahura (ANA) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Libor Hajek (NYR) – 1998 – Trade with Tampa Bay – Signed.

Seattle Thunderbirds (1 not returned yet)

  • Jarret Tyszka (MTL) – 1999 – Drafted 2017. Injured. Reportedly staying in Montreal for the time being.

Spokane Chiefs (4 not returned yet)

  • Jake McGrew (SJ) – 1999 – Drafted 2017.
  • Jaret Anderson-Dolan (LAK) – 1999 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Ty Smith (NJ) – 2000 – Drafted 2018 – Signed.
  • Kailer Yamamoto (EDM) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.

Swift Current Broncos (5)

  • Tyler Steenbergen (ARI) – 1998 – Free Agent – Signed.
  • Josh Anderson (COL) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Stuart Skinner (EDM) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Beck Malenstyn (WSH) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Colby Sissons (NJ) – 1998 – Free Agent – Signed.

Tri-City Americans (6 not returned yet)

  • Michael Rasmussen (DET) – 1999 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.

  • Jusso Valimaki (CAL) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Kyle Olson (ANA) – 1999 – Drafted 2017.
  • Morgan Geekie (CAR) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.
  • Jake Bean (CAR) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Dylan Coghlan (VGK) – 1998 – Free Agent – Signed.

Vancouver Giants (2 not returned yet)

  • Milos Roman (CAL) – 1999 – Drafted 2018.
  • Tyler Benson (EDM) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.

Victoria Royals (4)

  • Scott Walford (MTL) – 1999 – Drafted 2017. Injured.
  • Tanner Kaspick (STL) – 1998 – Drafted 2016 – Signed.
  • Matthew Phillips (CAL) – 1998 – Drafted 2017 – Signed.

  • Lane Zablocki (DET) – 1998 – Drafted 2017.

Links and notes

-Prince George defenseman Austin Crossley was assessed a one-gam suspension for his kneeing major on Kamloops Blazers forward Orrin Centazzo during the preseason. He will serve this Friday when the Cougars open the season in Victoria.

-The first weekly report came out and there were some notable long-term injuries.

Calgary Hitmen

  • Bryce Bader – LW – 6-to-8 weeks, lower body.

Everett Silvertips

  • Peter Melcher – LW – 1-to-2 weeks, upper body.
  • Bronson Sharp – LW – week-to-week, upper body.

Kamloops Blazers

  • Travis Walton – LW – 4 weeks, upper body.

Kelowna Rockets

  • Liam Kindree – RW – 1-to-2 weeks, upper body.

Lethbridge Hurricanes

  • Tyler Lowe – D – 4-to-6 weeks, lower body.

Moose Jaw Warriors

  • Jett Woo – D – week-to-week, lower body.

Portland Winterhawks

  • Ryan Hughes – LW – 1 month – lower body.

Regina Pats

  • Brady Pouteau – D – 4-to-6 weeks, upper body.

Saskatoon Blades

  • Kyle Crnkovic – LW – 3-to-5 weeks, upper body.
  • Brandon Machado – C – 2 weeks, upper body.
  • Ethan Mack – RW – indefinite – upper body.

Seattle Thunderbirds

  • Reece Harsch – D – week-to-week, upper body.

Spokane Chiefs

  • Filip Kral – D – week-to-week, upper body.

Victoria Royals

  • Scott Walford – D –  1-to-2 weeks, upper body.

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