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It was inevitable that last night’s sorta “B” team of Edmonton Oilers would be playing their final preseason game before heading to Oklahoma City for the minor league training camp beginning this Sunday. The three assigned to Oklahoma City are defenseman Brandon Davidson, and forwards Cam Abney and Kale Kessy. Also worth noting was Mitch Moroz, who’s been placed back in the junior ranks with the Oil Kings.
None of the three assigned to Oklahoma City had a particularly fantastic training camp or preseason run. Davidson had moments of progression when compared to the same time last season, but he’s clearly a cut below other prospects like Larsen, Marincin, etc. Kessy became a bit of a face-puncher in some regards, and it was probably pretty evident that his time with the Oilers in 2013 was to be short. And Cam Abney, old Cam Abney, gets sent down to Oklahoma City after a pretty brutal week or so. His time with the Oilers organization is quickly coming to a close. Between he and Kessy, there might be a fight to stay in the AHL, and don’t think for a moment that Abney stays in OKC by default. Despite having played more pro time, Kessy might have a more well-rounded skill set comparatively. Woof, I can’t believe that’s the choice. Yet they are prospects, and they’ll cut their teeth in the minors.
With camp physicals coming up on Sunday, the Barons season begins with a healthy bunch of prospects and AHL signees. Two goaltenders, with another probably on the way, a handful of good, quality forwards, and some prospects – the season is just a whisper away. The good news is that the early release of players to the minor league ranks almost guarantees the preseason Oilers vs. Stars game in OKC will be Edmonton Team “A”.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 18, 2013