Melfort’s Misskey attends Oilers Development Camp

Nate Misskey of the Victoria Royals drops the gloves with Kamloops Blazers forward Daylan Kuefler during WHL action last season. Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals/Jay Wallace.

It was a successful trip to Edmonton for Melfort’s Nate Misskey, who was invited to the Edmonton Oilers development camp from Jul. 3-6.

“It’s a great experience for myself.” Misskey said about the camp. “Getting invited to something like that, honestly, (it) doesn’t happen to everybody and to be the one to do it and get to show my stuff, it was awesome for myself.”

Misskey suited up in 65 games with the WHL’s Victoria Royals last season posting five goals, nine assists and 66 penalty minutes.

In his first season of NHL Draft eligiblility, Misskey went undrafted but has the potential to be taken by a team in the 2024 or 2025 drafts.

Misskey said his biggest takeaway from the Oilers development camp

“I think my mental side seeing it up close, seeing it in person, what you need to do to be there, how focused you need to be. All that stuff. It was a huge takeaway from the camp and just knowing what you need to do to be at that next level.

Misskey was selected with the 64th overall pick, in the third round of the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft after spending the 2019-20 season with the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy in Victoria, B.C.

Misskey said moving away from home helped him become the player he is today.

“I moved away at a young age, but for me it’s been worth it. I just keep working hard, keep putting in the work, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, just work, work through it and get it done.”

Misskey and the Royals will make a stop in Prince Albert during Victoria’s Eastern Division road trip on Jan. 12, 2024.

Misskey said he already has the date circled on his calendar.

“I played midget in Prince Albert there as well. So, going back to a place I’ve lived for a couple of years and getting to see all my family, having all them in the stands and stuff, I think that’s going to be a pretty cool experience for myself. It’s just going to be unreal for me.”

Last season, Misskey and the Royals finished with a record of 17-43-6, good enough for 9th place in the Western Conference and missing out on the playoffs.