The Edmonton Oilers dominated the game Wednesday evening, outshooting the NAIT MacEwan All-Stars 49-to-19, but still losing 2-0. That’s how sharp the NAIT MacEwan goaltending of Nathan Park and Marc-Olivier Daigle was.

As always, The Cult kept a close eye on the Oilers top prospects in this exhibition game, the fourth game that the Oilers rookie squad has played in recent days.

After those four games, here is who is trending up and trending down:

Trending up

Caleb Jones, 20. Likely the Oil’s best d-man in these games, Jones impressed with his fluid skating, forward and backward passing, deft puck retrieval skills and strong stickhandling.

Ethan Bear, 20. Has never looked so fast, smooth and skilled. His skating is catching up with the rest of his game.

Related post: Will Bear and Paigin get the power play time they need in Bakersfield?

Chad Butcher, 21. Butcher wasn’t considered much of a prospect by the average fan before these four games, but he is now. He’s fast, skilled and determined, combining so well with Joseph Gambardella and Kailer Yamamoto that it will be a disappointment if Butcher’s offensive game doesn’t translate at once at the AHL level in Bakersfield.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

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