Jack Campbell won his third pre-season game, letting in just one goal in Edmonton 3-1 win over the Kraken of Seattle.
Edmonton finished the pre-season with five wins and three losses, and Campbell again looked solid and confident in the nets, facing 36 shots.
Edmonton’s new zone defence is helping to contain chaos in front of the Edmonton net, but Campbell has also done his bit, looking more solid on his feet than at any time last season.
Here is tonight’s game review, focusing only on bubble players still fighting for a job, as opposed to veteran NHLers going through the motions in the NHL’s endless and boring run of preseason games.
Raphael Lavoie: Did some good work battling to get the puck into the slot in the first period. His feet were moving all game and he was effective enough to stay in the running for a starting job.
Adam Erne: He might have earned a contract, but I suspect he’ll start the year in Bakersfield. He’s not showing enough yet to make the NHL Oilers. Made a solid stop on the PK early in the second. He tried to pick a fight after taking a big hit at the end of the second. He set up Ceci for a dangerous shot in the third.
Ben Gleason: If someone said he was on the Oilers, I’d say he earned it. Held his central position in the zone defence early in the game and tipped away a dangerous pass, then hammered Andre Burakovsky with a hit, before lofting a 150-foot stretch pass to send Zach Hyman in on a break. A few shifts later, he rushed up ice on a chance, then allowed a pass into the Edmonton slot, before standing up for his partner Cody Ceci, who had been hammered by an Alex Wennberg hit. He threw a hard it on Will Borgen. He took an ill-advised tripping penalty. He got beat on the rush for a Grade A shot against late in the second. He set up McDavid on a rush in the third, where his strong defending and puck-moving continued.
Philip Broberg: Looking good. He’s using his feet and his speed more every game to advance pucks. Took the puck behind the Edmonton net in the first to evade the forecheck, then split two Seattle checkers as he rushed it up ice. He shut down Yanni Gourde on a rush. He made a key clearance on the PK early in the second after a teammate broke his stick. He uses strong body position to rub out Kraken attackers in the third.
Vincent Desharanis: Lost the puck at the offensive blueline in the first but Broberg thwarted the Seattle rush. Not yet making much of an impact in games. If Oilers didn’t need his size and aggression, they’d go with Gleason, who has been the superior player.
Lane Pederson: He skated hard but not to great effect. He was part of a group late on the backcheck as Brian Dumoulin arrived late into the slot to take a pass for a shot. He stole the puck on the PK and broke in for a shot in the second.
Jack Campbell: After an Evan Bouchard turnover, Jared McCann charged in to snap a high wrist shot past Campbell, not his best moment of the preseason. But Campbell was otherwise outstanding in the nets, getting in front of every shot.
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