Thunder prepare for 2017-18 season

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's opening weekend for the Wichita Thunder as they held their annual media day on Wednesday.

There have been plenty of changes this off-season including the club becoming an Edmonton Oilers affiliate.

Injuries and call ups to Triple-A hurt them last season and when putting together a roster for the upcoming season, they kept that in mind.

"So we built our team a little bit differently this year with some older players and some good young players and a lot more depth and we hooked up with the Edmonton Oilers, who have a lot more depth in their organization this year as compared to the Ottawa Senators. They certainly have a lot more contracts below the NHL and the Triple-A level, which means they spill off to us," head coach Malcolm Cameron said.

Wichita opens up its season at INTRUST Bank Arena against the Indy Fuel on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.