The Oilers provide plane tickets for 5 players on Sunday, and placed Theo Peckham on injured reserve, just after beating the Canucks 5-4 at Rexall Place to wrap up the pre season.
Edmonton returned Jordan Eberle to Regina, while Devan Dubnyk, Taylor Chorney, Kip Brennan and Rob Schremp were assigned to Springfield. Schremp is the only player who must clear waivers to reach the farm.
Will a team like the Islanders take a chance on his offensive skills? Or how about Minnesota, head coach Todd Richards coached Schremp when the forward put up 53 points in 69 games with Wilkes-Barre. Based on his pre season you would likely say 'no', as other than against Tampa in Winnipeg Schremp didn't really stand out, but a guy like Richards knows his potential, and Minnesota is trying to play a more offensive style this year. Or is it more believable that he'll get through the waiver process - other teams will be doing the same thing with their own players - and start the year with the Falcons. Will he be the first call up? With Rob Daum he may get off to a fast start, but there are players ahead of him, still with the team that will make their way to Springfield (if they get through waivers) when the Oilers are healthy. Or will be play out his days as an Oiler in Springfield
and then look to sign elsewhere next season.
As for Eberle this is the right move for the Oilers and that's why most media members predicted it. He can dominate in Regina (until they trade him to a contender at the deadline) and help Canada try to win it's 6th straight gold medal at the World Junior Championhip being played in Regina and Saskatoon this year. I wouldn't have been against him getting even a game during the regular season, and if the numbers weren't stacked against him he probably would have. But that might mean losing a player, remember the Oilers picked up Steve Macintyre through the process last year.
The Oilers still have 17 forwards battling for 14 spots with notables such as Gilbert Brule, Ryan Stone, JF Jacques and Liam Reddox hoping to stick with the Oilers out of training camp for the first time in their careers.