The Edmonton Oilers will have a handful of undrafted free agents, including at least four former members of the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes, in the fold when rookie camp opens with medicals Sept. 5.
Among them, look for Edmonton-born goaltender Aaron Sorochan, who spent last season with the Hurricanes and will play for Rob Daum's Alberta Golden Bears this season.
Colton Yellowhorn, a five-foot-seven left winger who led the Hurricanes in scoring last season with 35-51-86, is also slated to check in for a look-see, as is defenceman R.J. LaRochelle, who split 2004-05 between Lethbridge and Swift Current.
Also getting invitations are former Kitchener forward Mike Duco and Golden Bears defenceman Joel Andresen, a native of St. Albert.
ON THE TUBE: Expect the Oilers to release their 2005-06 television schedule early next week. Indications are the Oilers will have at least 74 games telecast, with the initial breakdown being 48 games on Sportsnet, 12 on CBC, four on TSN and 10 available via pay-per-view. The Oilers' season-opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 5 will be televised on TSN.
RUMOUR MILL: With Global deciding to end the run of its local half-hour sports show this fall, don't be surprised if host Kevin Karius ends up in the Oilers' broadcast mix down the road.
Karius did a handful of games with 630-CHED play-by-play man Rod Phillips in 2003-04 when regular sidekick Morley Scott worked TV broadcasts, and did a very good job. He can work in front of the camera on TV or behind the microphone on the radio, and he's well thought of by the Oilers.
AROUND THE RINK: Vice-president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast has spent the last couple days at an evaluation camp and tournament with the U.S. junior team, keeping tabs on draft picks Robbie Schremp, as well as big centre Jeff Paukovich (57th in 2004) and defenceman Taylor Chorney (36th in 2005). Schremp has been slowed by a pulled groin, but Paukovich, a sophomore at the University of Denver, has been impressive.