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Oilers invite Russian Prospect Vladimir Tkachev to Training Camp
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08-14-2014, 12:06 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
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the Oilers baffle me sometimes....they don't want the almost exact same talent in Toni Rajala at 5' 10" and 165, but they want Connor and Kellen Jones in the system, both at 5' 9" and 165 and now Tkachev at 5' 8" and 165. just baffling!
From what I understand, the only reason Toni Rajala was released is because he didn't see an NHL opportunity for himself in Edmonton last season and preferred to play in Europe for more money as opposed to the AHL and asked to be released from his NHL deal.
The Jones twins are in the Oilers system but are signed to AHL deals. They do not count against Edmonton's 50 contract limit and are technically free to sign an NHL deal with any other team if they so choose. Playing in OKC or Bakersfield allows the Oilers and their staff to keep tabs on them without 100% committing to them which is win-win from an Edmonton POV.
Tkachev is another small forward who oozes skill. He is very shifty and may be able to survive by eluding bigger defenders. Time will tell but it could end up being a very good move for the organization if he pans out. From watching him play in Moncton, I'm positive he will impress enough at camp to earn a contract. I'm looking forward to seeing what type of player he can become at the next level.
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