EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2016 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usMon, 30 May 2016 17:48:16 EDTBLOG: Nugent-Hopkins named to Team North Americahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46732Team North America announced today that Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is one of seven players that have been added to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The top hockey players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016 are available for selection exclusively by Team North America. Nugent-Hopkins, 23, has appeared in 55 games with the Oilers this season, posting 34 points (12G, 22A) and 34 penalty minutes. The Burnaby, BC native has represented Canada several times internationally, most recently at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship where Team Canada placed fourth that year. Named to Team North America are: G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks G Connor Hellebuyck, Manitoba Moose – Winnipeg Jets hold NHL rights G Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins D Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers D Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers D Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets D Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues D Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs D Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets F Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers F Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres F Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames F Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers F J.T. Miller, New York Rangers F Auston Matthews, Switzerland F Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers F Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets F Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg JetsMeg TilleyFri, 27 May 2016 18:16:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160415_RNH.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4673246732BLOG: Oilers prospect wins Clark Cuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46672John Marino, taken 154th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Oilers, enjoyed a championship first season in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm. Marino tallied 30 points (5-25-30) in 56 games for the Storm. The 19-year-old defenceman also added two assists in 11 playoff games as his team captured the Clark Cup. The Storm swept Dubuque 3-0, closing out the series with a 4-1 win. The Clark Cup is awarded annually to the USHL Playoff champions. Marino was 13th amongst USHL defencemen in scoring this season. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound blueliner is a Harvard commit.Chris WescottSat, 21 May 2016 13:18:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160522_marino2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4667246672BLOG: Oilers sign Kassianhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46667The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed winger Zack Kassian to a one-year contract. Kassian, 25, appeared in 36 games with the Oilers last season, posting eight points (3G, 5A) and 114 penalty minutes. The 6’3”, 217-pound winger has appeared in 234 career NHL games, accumulating 74 points (38G, 36A) and 421 penalty minutes. He has also played in eight playoff games, posting six penalty minutes. The Windsor, Ontario native was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round, 13th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. Kassian was a Memorial Cup Champion in 2010 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, along with current Oilers forward Taylor Hall.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160216_Kassian_Twitter.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4666746667BLOG: Nicholson re-electedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46665Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson has been re-elected as the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Vice President for the Americas. This will be Nicholson’s second term as vice president. “It’s an absolute privilege to represent the International Ice Hockey Federation again. We have to make sure young boys and girls play and that we put programs together whether you’re a large or small nation in a healthy and safe environment,” Nicholson told the media after the election. Nicholson received a unanimous decision.Chris WescottThu, 19 May 2016 12:42:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/20140912_nicholson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4666546665BLOG: Oilers prospect named WHL Player of the Weekhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46627Oilers prospect Ethan Bear may have been eliminated from the playoffs by Brandon, but recognition for his impressive season continues. The Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman was named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending May 15. Bear had five points in three games and was +3 in the 2016 WHL Championship series against Brandon. He led all WHL blueliners in post-season scoring with 22 points (8-14-22) in 18 games. During the regular season, Bear posted 65 points (19-46-65) in 69 games. Bear, 18, was selected in the fifth round, 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.Chris WescottMon, 16 May 2016 16:57:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20150427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4662746627BLOG: End of the road for Bear and Thunderbirdshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46594It was a hard fought battle that in the end saw the Brandon Wheat Kings come away with an 8-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds, taking Game 5 of the WHL Championship to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Wheat Kings won the best-of-seven series 4-1 after the Thunderbirds forced Game 5 with a 6-1 win in Game 4. Brandon took a 1-0 lead 3:15 into the first but Seattle scored the equalizer five minutes later. After 20 minutes of play, the Wheat Kings had a 2-1 lead. The second period would see the Thunderbirds take the lead for the first time in the game. After Brandon took a two goal lead 1:33 into the middle frame, Seattle came back and tied the game 3-3 with two goals in 31 seconds. The Thunderbirds took a 4-3 lead just after the midway mark of the second, but the Wheat Kings tied the game 4-4 at 18:47. The third period would see Brandon regain the lead and earn the win, ending Seattle’s bid for the WHL Championship. Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear had one assist in the final game and finished the playoff run recording eight goals, 14 assists for 22 points in 18 games and was +11.Meg TilleySat, 14 May 2016 13:13:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160422_bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4659446594BLOG: Bearing downhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46585Down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, Game 4 was a do or die situation for the Seattle Thunderbirds Wednesday night. Though the Brandon Wheat Kings looked poised to take it, the Thunderbirds weren’t going down without a fight, shocking the Wheat Kings in a thunderous 6-1 victory. The Thunderbirds took a 1-0 lead 7:54 into the first period. By the end of the second, they had a commanding 3-0 lead over the Wheat Kings. But Seattle wasn’t prepared to rest their wings any time soon. The Thunderbirds flew into the third, extending their lead to 5-0 with Ryan Gropp’s second goal of the night and another from Donovan Neuls on the power play. Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear capped off the night, scoring on a slap shot during a five-on-three power play to make it a 6-0 game, adding to his already two assists from the night. Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk ended Seattle’s shutout, scoring with just over two minutes remaining in the game. In 17 playoff games Bear has recorded eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points and is +12. The Thunderbirds must win Game 5 on Friday to send the series back to Brandon for Game 6.Meg TilleyThu, 12 May 2016 13:14:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160512_Bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4658546585BLOG: Marino makes Clark Cup Final debuthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46584Oilers defensive prospect John Marino is on the hunt with the USHL Tri-City Storm as they attempt to win the team’s first Clark Cup. The Storm overcame a 2-1 first period deficit to defeat the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-3 on home ice in Game 5 of the western conference final series and make their second Clark Cup Final appearance in team history. Marino was drafted by the Oilers in round 6, 154th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. This season the blueliner recorded five goals and 25 assists for 30 points in 56 games with the Storm. The best-of-five series will kick-off on Friday in Dubuque, Iowa, where Tri-City will face off against the Dubuque Fighting Saints.Meg TilleyWed, 11 May 2016 14:44:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160511_Marino.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4658446584BLOG: Bear with assist as team pushed to brinkhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46560A third consecutive 3-2 overtime loss has pushed the Seattle Thunderbirds to the brink of elimination against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Oilers prospect Ethan Bear assisted on the second Seattle goal, which came 13:05 into the opening period to give the T-Birds a 2-1 lead at the time. The goal came 38 seconds after Alexander True scored to tie the game up for Seattle. The Thunderbirds would remain in the lead until 11:22 remained in the third. Edmontonian John Quenneville scored his second of the game to make it a 2-2 contest. 2:59 into overtime, Reid Duke scored to give the Wheat Kings the victory. Bear’s assist gave him seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 16 playoff games. The 18-year-old defenceman leads all WHL blueliners in playoff scoring and is tied for eighth overall in points.Marc CiampaWed, 11 May 2016 01:21:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20150427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4656046560BLOG: Chiarelli likes Russell’s size & strengthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46550While Oilers fans were still conversing about the team landing coveted NCAA undrafted free agent Drake Caggiula, the organization was wrapping up another two-year entry level contract. Edmonton signed Patrick Russell out of St. Cloud State University. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward recorded 41 points in 41 games for his college team this past season. “He’s a late bloomer, but he’s a big, strong kid and I call him a strong cycle player and he’s got really good hands and good net-front,” said Oilers GM Peter Chiareli on Oilers Now Monday. “We don’t have a lot of that in the pipeline. He’s a ’93 birth, so he’s close to playing. His footspeed has to get up to speed a little more, but strong, strong on the puck and big, strong and good release. He scored 20 this year at St. Cloud, which is no easy feat. We were on him a little bit last year and he had a real good year this year. Fortunate to get him and happy to have him.”Chris WescottMon, 09 May 2016 17:19:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160509_russell1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4655046550BLOG: Caggiula a Gallagher/Marchand-type?http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46549The Oilers signed University of North Dakota standout Drake Caggiula to a two-year entry level contract this weekend, after he spoke and visited with numerous teams. “Drake is a good prospect,” Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer Monday. “He’s one of those guys who will play. He’s very smart. He’s got good speed. But the reason why he’ll play, because he’s 5-10, 185 and that is a bit of an obstacle for him, is his hockey sense and grit. When you combine those two ingredients with skill, these guys find a way to play. No accident that I would suspect there were 29 teams after this player.” The forward put up 51 points in 39 games as a senior and was named the most outstanding player at the NCAA’s Frozen Four tournament as UND won a national title. “We’re happy he chose us,” said Chiarelli. Although there is excitement with the prospect, Chiarelli says there’s still a learning curve as he enters the professional ranks. “He’s got to learn the pro game, he’s got to learn to temper his aggression,” said Chiarelli. “You may ask, why we’d get someone to temper their aggression? Well, if he gets aggressive for an undersized guy he’s going to get hurt. He’s been real big in big games. Happy to get him. He’s still got some work to do, but he enjoyed his visit with us, enjoyed our plan we were pitching so we look at him like a free draft choice.” Caggiula has compared his style of play to the likes of Minnesota’s Zach Parise, Boston’s Brad Marchand and Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher. Chiarelli can see that. “Smaller guys have a lower centre of gravity than other guys, so if they have the strength to protect the puck then they actually can be quite good at it,” Chiarelli explained. “I would put Drake in that category. That was one of the things we noticed in Drake. There’s a number of players who put up numbers in college, but how he controlled the play by protecting the puck and with speed was something that’s hard to find. I don’t know if he’s as much of a pest as those other two, but he is aggressive, he likes to go after bigger guys, he’s hard on the forecheck, he likes to hit. I haven’t seen that pest in him but you never know what might come out.”Chris WescottMon, 09 May 2016 17:16:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160508_caggiula2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4654946549BLOG: Caggiula earns two team awardshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46546Drake Caggiula, who signed a two-year entry level contract with the Oilers Saturday earned two team awards from the University of North Dakota. Caggiula was named UND’s most valuable player, earning the Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award. Caggiula scored 25 goals and added 25 assists for 51 points in 39 games as a senior in 2015-16. The forward was instrumental in UND’s national title run. He scored two goals in each of UND’s Frozen Four games and was named the NCAA Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player. In addition to the MVP honours, Caggiula took home the team’s Plus/Minus Award. He led the nation with a school record 46-rating.Chris WescottMon, 09 May 2016 14:05:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160508_caggiula.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4654646546BLOG: Oilers sign Russellhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46513The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Patrick Russell to a two-year entry level contract. Russell, 23, appeared in 41 games this season with the St. Cloud State Huskies in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), posting 41 points (20G, 21A), 14 penalty minutes and a plus 24 rating. He set career highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in his second season with the Huskies. Russell received several accolades in his time with St. Cloud State, including being named to the 2015 All-NCHC Academic Team and to the 2015 All-NCHC Rookie Team. The 6’1”, 205-pound forward has accumulated 66 points (30G, 36A) and 26 penalty minutes in 81 career games with St. Cloud State.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 09 May 2016 12:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160509_Russell.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4651346513BLOG: Bear scores in Game 2 losshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46540The Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves down 2-0 in their WHL Final series with Brandon following a 3-2 loss Saturday night. Both of the losses for Seattle have come in overtime. Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear tallied what would have been the game-winning goal had Seattle been able to hold on. Bear made it 2-1 for the T-Birds at 10:30 of the third, on the power play. Brandon got the equalizer from Tyler Coulter at 14:40 of the final frame, sending things to overtime. In OT, Jayce Hawrluk potted the winner for Brandon to put his team up 2-0 as the series shifts to Seattle. Game 3 is Tuesday. Bear finished Game 2 -2 with a goal. The 18-year-old defenceman, taken 124th overall by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft, has seven goals and 10 assists in 15 post-season games for the Thunderbirds.Chris WescottSat, 07 May 2016 23:49:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160422_bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4654046540BLOG: Oilers sign Caggiulahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46538The Oilers have landed a highly-regarded NCAA free agent, agreeing to terms with forward Drake Caggiula on a two-year, entry-level contract. Caggiula played four years at the University of North Dakota, scoring 25 goals and adding 26 assists as a senior this year, finishing second in team scoring behind Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser. The talented and speedy 21-year-old is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound Pickering, ON native who helped UND capture the NCAA title last month, scoring two goals in their 5-1 national championship win over Quinnipiac. He was an assistant captain with the team and was lauded for his leadership, character and competitiveness.Chris WescottSat, 07 May 2016 14:00:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160506_Caggiula1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4653846538BLOG: Bear has one point in Game 1 losshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46535Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear recorded an assist in the Seattle Thunderbirds’ 3-2 overtime loss to Brandon in Game 1 of the WHL Final. Brandon’s Reid Duke scored at 17:36 of the first on the power play to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Seattle scored shorthanded at 8:55 of the second to tie the game at one. In the third, Ryan Gropp scored a power-play goal, assisted by Keegan Kolesar and Bear to give Seattle their first lead of the night. Brandon tied things up shortly after with a goal from Nolan Patrick, which sent the game to overtime. In OT, Tanner Kaspick scored to lift Brandon to victory and give them a 1-0 series lead. Bear, taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 16 points (6-10-16) in 14 playoff games for the Thunderbirds. Game 2 takes place Saturday in Brandon.Chris WescottSat, 07 May 2016 00:28:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160422_bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4653546535BLOG: Matt Hendricks named USA captainhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46524Just call him Captain America. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks will don the “C” as captain for the 2016 United States Men’s National Team for the 2016 IIHF World Championship. This is the second year in a row that Hendricks has earned this honour. He captained the Americans to a bronze finish in 2015. Columbus’ Nick Foligno and Arizona’s Connor Murphy have been named alternate captains for USA. Hendricks is joined by fellow Oilers winger Patrick Maroon as the two Edmonton representatives for Team USA. In total, eight Oilers players are taking part in the 2016 tournament in Russia, and the preliminary round begins Friday, May 6. We will have full coverage of the tournament on edmontonoilers.com.Chris WescottWed, 04 May 2016 18:28:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/05/644usaswiss.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4652446524BLOG: McDavid voted Calder finalisthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46454The NHL announced today that Oilers forward Connor McDavid is a finalist for the 2015-16 Calder Trophy. Awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL," McDavid is one of three finalists alongside Chicago Blackhawks Artemi Panarin and Philadelphia Flyers Shayne Gostisbehere. Though the Oilers centreman missed half of the season due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 12 weeks, he finished the season recording 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points in 45 games. McDavid recorded multiple points in 12 of his 45 outings, highlighted by a five-point (2G, 3A) game on February 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His average of 1.07 points-per-game led all rookies and ranked third in the entire League.Meg TilleyMon, 02 May 2016 20:02:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4645446454BLOG: Bouchard looks to avoid eliminationhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46485On Friday, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard stopped 34 of 35 shots in Moncton’s 2-1 win over Royn-Noranda in the QMJHL Semi Final. The Game 5 win extended the series, with Moncton now trailing the Huskies 3-2. Bouchard’s Wildcats hope to once again stave off elimination this afternoon in Moncton. Should the Wildcats win, Game 7 is on the road Tuesday evening.Chris WescottSun, 01 May 2016 12:58:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160418_bouchard.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4648546485BLOG: Oilers hold fourth-overall pickhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46448The Edmonton Oilers now hold the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, following Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery. Of the 14 teams to miss the playoffs, the Oilers came into the night owning the second best odds at winning the first-overall pick. They had a 13.5% chance. The Toronto Maple Leafs had the best odds at 20.0% and they secured the first-overall pick. The top 14 is as follows: 1. Maple Leafs 2. Jets 3. Columbus 4. Oilers 5. Canucks 6. Flames 7. Coyotes 8. Sabres 9. Canadiens 10. Avalanche 11. Devils 12. Senators 13. Hurricanes 14. BruinsChris WescottSat, 30 Apr 2016 20:15:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160228_chiarellistill.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4644846448BLOG: Bear scores two in thriller, Bouchard stronghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46445Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs. It was a thriller for Bear and the Thunderbirds Wednesday night. Kelowna had a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Bear and his teammates rallied to tie and send it to overtime. It would take until 7:52 of the second overtime for the game-winning goal to be scored by Matthew Wedman, completing the Western Conference Final series sweep for Seattle. The Thunderbirds outshot the Rockets 76-32. Bear scored with 1:15 left in the third period to pull Seattle within one, and assisted on the equalizer with 2.7 seconds left, sending the game to overtime. Bear’s third-period goal was his second of the night as he turned in a three-point performance. Bear finished the game with two goals and an assist, and the Seattle blueliner now has 15 points in 13 playoff games. Seattle advances to the WHL Final, where they will play either Brandon or Red Deer. Brandon leads the Eastern Conference Final series 3-1 with Game 5 on Friday. Also on Wednesday night, Bouchard put forth a valiant effort in net, however Moncton fell 1-0 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Bouchard made 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss. Moncton falls behind 3-1 in the semi final series and will need a road win on Friday to avoid elimination.Chris WescottThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:04:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20150427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4644546445BLOG: Bear keeps rollinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46440Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs. Bear and the Thunderbirds kept it rolling Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Seattle took a 3-0 series lead over their opponent and will try and close them out on Wednesday. Bear scored a goal 58 seconds into the third period to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. The defenceman, taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, is second on Seattle in scored with 12 points (4-8-12) points in 12 post-season games. In the QMJHL, Bouchard made 37 saves as his team fell to Rouyn-Noranda 5-1 in Game 3 of their semi final series. Bouchard and Moncton fall behind 2-1 to the Huskies in the series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.Chris WescottWed, 27 Apr 2016 12:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4644046440BLOG: McLellan offspring carving pathhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46414Congratulations to Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan’s son Tyson McLellan. The 20-year-old is one of three freshmen who officially signed their national letters of intent last week to join the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team for the 2016-17 season. “These young men are great additions to our program and we’re thrilled they’ve decided to come to Denver,” Denver’s hockey coach Jim Montgomery told denverpioneers.com. “Tyson is an extremely intelligent forward that will fit in well with the culture we’ve created here and will be able to play solid, Denver-style hockey right away for us.” Tyson played his 2015-16 season with the Madison Capitals in the USHL where he recorded 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 46 games. Prior to being acquired by Madison, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound centre spent two seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks.Meg TilleyMon, 25 Apr 2016 17:35:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160425_McLellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4641446414BLOG: Bear & Bouchard each get winshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46410Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds went up 2-0 in their Western Conference Final series against Kelowna, courtesy of a 3-2 win Saturday night. Bear, a fifth-round pick in 2015, finished the game with an assist to give him a total of 11 points in 11 games this post-season (3-8-11). The defenceman has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. Seattle heads home to host Kelowna for Game 3 on Tuesday. In the QMJHL, Oilers prospect Keven Bouchard recorded the win in Game 2 of his series. The Moncton Wildcats goaltender stopped 17 shots in a 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda. The bounce-back game for Moncton tied the series at 1-1. Game 3 is Tuesday in Moncton.Chris WescottSun, 24 Apr 2016 00:47:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160414_prospects1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4641046410BLOG: Seattle & Bear go up 1-0http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46409Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear recorded an assist on the game’s opening goal as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat Kelowna 2-1 in Game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Final. Bear passed the puck to Mathew Barzal and the Thunderbirds forward took it toward the net and sniped the game’s opening goal at 18:34 of the second period, on the power play. Although the Rockets would score at 19:38 of the third, it was too little too late for the home team, and Bear and the visiting ‘Birds were able to hang on and take a 1-0 series lead. Bear now has 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games this post-season. He was taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. Seattle tries to go up 2-0 on Saturday. Meanwhile, in QMJHL action, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard suffered a 4-1 loss in his playoff series. The Moncton goalie made 23 saves on 27 shots, however Rouyn-Noranda took Game 1 of the semi-final series. The two teams meet again Saturday.Chris WescottSat, 23 Apr 2016 00:53:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151028_Bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4640946409BLOG: Oilers prospects continue to advancehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46404The dust has finally settled on Round 2 of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds will face-off against the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Conference Championship. Bear has recorded three goals and added six assists for nine points in nine playoff games. Defending their 2015 WHL Playoff Championship title, the Rockets look to make the advance once more, this time without Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl in their lineup. The Rockets alumnus was a pivotal piece in their ranks during the 2015 WHL playoffs, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 19 games. Meanwhile, Oilers goaltending prospect Keven Bouchard and the Moncton Wildcats will take on the Rouyn-Noranda in the QMJHL semi final series.Meg TilleyWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:12:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151027_Bear2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4640446404Condors exit interviews audio & videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46356edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:06:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160217_Condors3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4635646356BLOG: Evaluation of the Russian forwardshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46387A pair of Russian forwards spent part of the 2015-16 season down in the American Hockey League with the Oilers affiliate. Anton Slepyshev and Bogdan Yakimov each played over 35 games for the Bakersfield Condors. Slepyshev opened the season in Edmonton (11 games, one assist), but was assigned down to Bakersfield. It took him some time to adjust to his new surroundings in his first North American season. The winger seemed to find his groove in the month of March. He had a stretch of games in which he recorded three goals and four assists for seven points in seven games. He finished the season with 21 points, including 13 goals, in 49 games for the Condors. “I think Slepy got better as the year went on and I think you’ll see more offence from him next year,” said Condors Coach Gerry Fleming, who spoke with Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now Tuesday. “It’s always tough when you don’t understand the language, different culture, the game is a little bit different here with just the size of the ice and the way the philosophies are. It took him a little while to adapt to that but I think there were signs toward the end of the year that he does have that club in his bag and he’s got a good skill-set. He’s big, he just needed time to get comfortable.” Yakimov had much more of a rollercoaster season that saw him return to the KHL for 11 games and then the playoffs before returning to Bakersfield to finish out the year. He finished his 2015-16 AHL campaign with 15 points (5-10-15) in 36 games. This came a year following a promising first North American season in which a strong rookie camp put him right in the thick of the top end of the Oilers prospect pool. The return to Russia could be seen as a bump in his development road, but his return was encouraging for the Condors and the Oilers. “Double-edged sword there,” said Fleming. “He thinks that going back helped him not only physically but mentally. He says it’s a different game, they play a little bit differently. Maybe a little more skill-set is required so maybe you have to be focused on that. He came back and kudos to him for coming back and trying to help us. He was good on draws for us down the stretch. Obviously, we’d like to see a little more offence from him but it wasn’t from lack of trying, that’s for sure.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:02:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160217_Slepyshev.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4638746387BLOG: Fleming gives insight on young defencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46386The Bakersfield Condors rolled out a largely young and inexperienced lineup this season, especially on defence. The Oilers American Hockey League affiliate played host to several young blueliners in either their first or first few professional seasons. Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming provided his breakdown of some of those young players when he spoke to Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now Tuesday. Joey LaLeggia enjoyed a fruitful career at the University of Denver. The 23-year-old played five games as a pro last season when his collegiate career ended, but this was his first full year in the AHL. The defenceman had to spend time playing forward several games due to injuries and call-ups, but the Condors and Oilers are pleased with his progression. He finished the season with 27 points (8-19-27) in 63 games. “I think Joey got better as the year went on,” said Fleming. “He’s a good player with the puck, but he expanded on that. He was walking the line a little bit more, he had more poise with the puck and his defensive game got better and better. There’s still areas in his defensive game, because he’s a little bit of a smaller guy he’s got to get a little bit stronger but overall we liked his progression and like where he’s at right now.” Another former collegiate defenceman enjoyed a very promising second pro season in the eyes of his coach. “Dillon Simpson, I thought overall, was probably our most consistent d-man all year long,” said Fleming. “I don’t know where to begin. There’s so many improvements in his game that have happened not only this year but last year as well. He doesn’t make many mistakes. He’s low maintenance, he’s a good leader and he assumed that responsibility this year. I think more time for Dillon and hopefully he gets some games up and down next year to see where he’s at. He was great for us all year long.” Simpson spent four years at the University of North Dakota. The 2011 fourth-round pick finished this season with 20 points (4-16-20) in 57 games. Jordan Oesterle is a name very familiar to Oilers fans, as he spent 17 games with the big club this season and drew much praise from the Edmonton staff. The second-year pro posted 25 points (4-21-25) in 44 AHL games with the Condors and returned to them late in the season. “Before he left he was playing a really high level of hockey at this level, and he came back and picked up right where he left off,” Fleming said of the college free-agent signing out of Western Michigan. “He was a big part of our push down the stretch here especially over the last weekend.” The Oilers invested a first and second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to acquire 2012 fourth-overall pick Griffin Reinhart. While he spent half his season with the Oilers, Fleming and the Condors did get a chance to work with the blueliner for 30 games. There were positive signs upon his late-season return to the AHL. “Griff, when he came back, I thought he played a lot heavier,” said Fleming. “There was times we’d show him the importance of that aspect of his game and being consistent with it. I thought when he came down he played a lot more physical.” Another year of development has paid dividends with some of the Oilers defensive prospects. “There were some good signs,” said Fleming.Chris WescottTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160127_Oesterle7.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4638646386BLOG: Success and disappointmenthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46384The Bakersfield Condors would like to be sitting in a playoff spot right about now, but unfortunately they fell just short of that goal. But for their bigger goal and the bigger picture, there were successes this season. As the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, the Condors main purpose is to develop the NHL club’s young prospects and prepare them for life in the NHL. The staff down in California takes great pride when they are able to tell a player they’ve gotten the call-up. “Ultimately, that’s our job is to prepare these guys to play in the NHL,” said Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming. “We had pretty much all of our guys at some point or a majority of our guys play in the NHL and contribute or perform well up there. That speaks volumes to the reception they receive down here. People don’t understand that coming to these games and watching these guys develop is a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish here. In that respect, it was a positive thing. But at the end of the day, you’d always like to make the playoffs, and I think that experience of going into the playoffs and learning how to win and playing those games is a huge part of their development.” Players like Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl began the year on the farm, but earned call-ups and stuck with the Oilers the rest of the way, taking advantage of an opportunity that presented itself with injuries to the parent club. Prospects like Jujhar Khaira and Jordan Oesterle took advantage of their opportunities as well and were able to turn heads on the Oilers first-year coaching staff. Laurent Brossoit earned time in the NHL after an All-Star campaign down in the AHL. That being said, all of the call-ups this season left the Condors fighting for their playoff lives and struggling to piece together a full roster. But that’s the life of an AHL team, and through the disappointment there were successes. “I don’t think it’s a question of frustration,” said Fleming. “I am disappointed for the guys because they do put the sacrifice in and the hard work and the time and details that need to go into getting into the playoffs. But at the end of the day, their ultimate goal is to play in the NHL and contribute to that team and to further their careers. They all want to play in the NHL. At the end of the day, we’re here to service the Edmonton Oilers. They want us to make the playoffs because it is a big part of their development. To see the amount of guys we had move up and progress in their careers was rewarding.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:31:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160419_fleming1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4638446384BLOG: Bouchard advanceshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46360Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard and the Moncton Wildcats clinched their QMJHL quarter final series against Gatineau 4-2 with a 7-2 victory in Game 6 Monday night. The 20-year-old netminder stopped 22 of 24 shots Monday, helping the Wildcats secure victory and advance to the semi final. Bouchard finished the series playing 352:21, while posting a 2.55 GAA and .907 save percentage in six games. Bouchard was selected 183rd overall in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft.Chris WescottTue, 19 Apr 2016 01:01:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160418_bouchard.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4636046360BLOG: LaLeggia pleased with improvementhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46363Reflecting on his first professional season, Bakersfield Condors defenceman Joey LaLeggia is pleased with his growth. “There’s a lot of learning that had to be done this year,” he said. “There was an adjustment period but I do like the way I finished the season. I think I made a lot of strides and I’m excited going into next year.” A season of up and downs for the Oilers AHL affiliate team saw LaLeggia’s versatility challenged, stepping out of his comfort zone to take on the role of wingman when needed. “I think everyone’s goal is to come in here and play in the NHL and to become the best player they can possibly be,” said LaLeggia. “I didn’t get to play in the NHL [this season] but… I am very happy with the strides I made in my game this year.” Heading into the off-season, the blueliner said he plans to alter his fitness regime slightly. “I think I need to lift a little more weights than usual… but without doing so much that I lose my speed and my quickness.”Meg TilleyMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:57:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160418_laleggia.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4636346363BLOG: Hunt sees growth in Condorshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46342With the Bakersfield Condors season now come to a close, defenceman Brad Hunt said that in looking back, he’s been impressed with the growth he’s seen in his younger teammates. “It’s good to see the first and second-year guys come in and you see them develop throughout the year,” said Hunt. “It’s awesome to see guys like Joey [LaLeggia] and [Jujhar Khaira] take the steps towards the right direction, even Oesterle getting up [to Edmonton] and playing as well as he did.” The veteran player, recalled by the Oilers for seven games this season, recorded 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points in 57 games with the Condors. The blueliner is now preparing himself mentally for the next stretch as he navigates his unrestricted free agent title with an open mind. “Just [going to] wait and see what happens,” said Hunt. “That’s the business part of it. I’ve never been in this position before, I’ve always been a restricted free agent, now I’m an unrestricted free agent. But I was treated very well within the Edmonton organization and I’ve got to thank them for the opportunity that they’ve given me over the past three years. It’s something that I’ll never forget.”Meg TilleyMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:38:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160418_Hunt.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4634246342BLOG: Condors miss playoffshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46341It’s the first time in five consecutive seasons that the Oilers AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors will not take part in the post-season run for the Calder Cup. “It’s a frustrating way to go out,” admits Condors forward Jujhar Khaira. “It’s pretty sad but I think at the same time it’s good to see, our team’s pretty young here and it’s good to see where everybody’s at, and next year, I think everybody’s going to come in with confidence and we’ll see what happens.” Although their season ended Saturday, the Condors finished on a high note with a three-game win streak and a 31-28-7-2 record. “Obviously, we wanted to make the playoffs but I think that the team made some good strides at the end there that went in those last three games, that’s for the fans,” said Condors defenceman Brad Hunt. “They showed us support all year and it was a great atmosphere in there and that’s a tribute to the fans.”Meg TilleyMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:13:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160217_Condors2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4634146341BLOG: Khaira reflects on seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46340Another season of hockey has come and gone for the Bakersfield Condors. As Saturday saw the Oilers AHL affiliate wrap up their 2015-16 season on Saturday with a win against the Grand Rapids Griffins, Monday was one filled with departures and goals for next season. “It was a lot of fun,” said Condors forward Jujhar Khaira. “I thought the fans out here were great, the weather’s great for sure, I had a lot of fun. Just playing with that kind of crowd and that kind of excitement it was a lot of fun. Khaira, who was recalled by the Oilers this season for 15 games this season, recorded 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 49 games with Bakersfield. “It was a good year,” he said. “I had a lot more confidence this year than last year, just going to take the same thing, go into the summer and have a strong summer, then come back and even have more confidence.”Meg TilleyMon, 18 Apr 2016 15:52:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160214_Khaira4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4634046340BLOG: Bear and Seattle advancehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46337Oilers prospect and Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear is moving on in the WHL Playoffs. Seattle beat Everett 3-2 in Game 5 to take the series 4-1. The Thunderbirds will now head to the Western Conference Final to face either Kelowna or Victoria. Kelowna leads that series 3-2. Bear finished Game 5 +2 with no points. He has three goals and six assists for nine points in nine games this post-season. The defenceman was selected in the fifth round, 124th overall, by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft.Chris WescottSun, 17 Apr 2016 01:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151027_Bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4633746337BLOG: Bear named third star, Bouchard wins againhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46336A pair of Oilers prospects are participating in the junior playoffs. Ethan Bear and Seattle are taking on Everett in the WHL, while Keven Bouchard and Moncton are playing Gatineau in the QMJHL. Bear was named third star of the game Friday as the Thunderbirds beat the Silvertips in Game 4 of their WHL Playoffs second-round series. The defenceman finished the game +1 with one assist. He recorded the second assist on the game’s opening goal. Bear has nine points (3-6-9) in eight playoff games this post-season. He has one goal and four assists in four games this series. He was selected in the fifth round, 124th overall, by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft. Seattle has won three straight games since dropping the series opener and looks to eliminate Everett tonight. Meanwhile, Bouchard and his Wildcats also picked up a win Friday. The goaltender made 24 saves on 28 shots in a 6-4 win over the Olympiques. Moncton was spurred to victory by a five-goal third period. In that third, Bouchard allowed just one goal in the final 20 minutes as Moncton trailed 3-1 heading into the frame. Bouchard and the Wildcats lead the series 3-2 and look to close it out Monday on the road. The goalie was taken 183rd overall in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft.Chris WescottSat, 16 Apr 2016 13:53:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160316_Bear2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4633646336BLOG: Dan Marr talks top prospectshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46349Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr was a guest of Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now Thursday and talked about Central Scouting’s final draft rankings and some of the top prospects in the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft. Marr gave his insights on the top three skaters, ranked one, two and three atop the European skaters list: Auston Matthews (Zurich), Patrik Laine (Tappara) and Jesse Puljujarvi (Karpat). “They’ve been frontrunners right from the get-go, and I would say all of them have exceeded the projections that were in place for them,” said Marr. All three have their individual positive traits, but Matthews is considered the cream of the crop. “Auston Mathews is clear-cut, the best prospect available for this 2016 Draft,” said Marr. “Laine and Puljujarvi, they’ve each made individual cases for themselves to be part of the discussion but they’re just not going to supplant Auston Matthews right now. The teams picking in the top five or six of the draft are going to come away with a future star for their team down the road.” Laine and Puljujarvi are different from Matthews and each other. Laine exhibits dynamic offensive ability in contrast to the power-forward game of Puljujarvi. “It’s like a Brett Hull release, and you’re always wondering because you know Brett Hull has the shot, why is he open on the play? Laine can deliver that,” said Marr. “(Puljujarvi) can rely on his physical attritbutes a little bit more. Not the same skill set, but we’re talking really minuscule differences between these players here. I just think Laine right now has a little bit more dynamic game he brings to the table. Puljujarvi might have what you’d call the more up-and-down game.” All three of these players could make an immediate impact at the NHL level, given the right situation. “All three are capable to go to a team and make the team out of training camp,” said Marr. “Whether they’re in a position to play in the National Hockey League during the season is up to the players and the teams.”Chris WescottThu, 14 Apr 2016 17:31:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160414_laine.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4634946349BLOG: Bear and Bouchard post big nightshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46345A pair of Oilers prospects had big nights in their respective junior playoffs series on Wednesday. Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds have edged ahead of the Everett Silvertips in their WHL Playoffs series. Seattle is now up 2-1 in the series, following a 5-0 blanking of the Tips in Game 3 on Wednesday. Bear was named the game’s First Star after scoring a goal, adding an assist and finishing +3 on the night. Bear’s goal, a snipe from the high slot, at 9:14 of the second period put Seattle up 2-0. Bear also assisted on the game’s opening goal, which served as the game winner. The series stays in Everett for Game 4 on Friday, as Seattle looks to push their opponent to the brink of elimination. Bear was taken 124th overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. Oilers draft pick Keven Bouchard is among the top goalie performers in the QMJHL playoffs. The Moncton goaltender is 6-3 in the playoffs and has a .919 save percentage. Bouchard was named the first star of the game Wednesday night as he made 31 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Gatineau. Their quarter final series is tied 2-2, and continues Friday in Moncton. Bouchard was selected by the Oilers in the seventh round, 183rd overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.Chris WescottThu, 14 Apr 2016 12:51:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160414_prospects1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4634546345BLOG: NHL releases final draft rankingshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46289The NHL has released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held in Buffalo, NY June 24-25. NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final ballot of draft-eligible skaters, and forward Auston Matthews tops that list. Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr says Matthews is “an extraordinary prospect with NHL size, speed and smarts combined with an exceptional work ethic and a relentless compete level.” Matthews, a Scottsdale, AZ native, skated for Zurich in Switzerland this past season, leading his team in goals with 24 (24-22-46). Matthews ranks at the top of the European skaters list, followed by Finnish wingers Patrik Laine (Tappara) and Jesse Puljujarvi (Karpat). Laine is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger who scored 17 goals and had 33 points in 46 games for Tappara in Finland. He was a part of the Finland team that won gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Puljujarvi was also on that Finnish team. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound right winger had 28 points (13-15-28) in 50 games for Karpat. Atop the final rankings for North American skaters is Cape Breton left winger Pierre-Luc Dubois. The next two are London’s Matthew Tkachuk and Alexander Nylander. Dubois scored 42 goals and finished his season with 99 points and 112 penalty minutes for the QMJHL’s Screaming Eagles. He is a big left-shot winger at 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds. Tkachuk played for the OHL’s Knights, potting 30 goals and adding 77 assists for 107 points in 57 games this season. He comes from a hockey family, as the son of long-time NHL winger Keith Tkachuk and the brother of 2018 draft-eligible Brady Tkachuk. Nylander, a winger, played 2015-16 with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. The son of long-time NHL player Michael Nylander and brother of Toronto prospect William Nylander finished the year with 75 points (28-47-75) in 57 games. The final rankings feature the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders from the U.S. and Canada, as well as the top 150 skaters and 15 goaltenders from Europe. The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on April 30.Chris WescottTue, 12 Apr 2016 14:39:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160412_matthews.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4628946289BLOG: Oilers well-represented at IIHF Worldshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46310Hockey Canada announced today their first 18 players and the Oilers will be well-represented at the IIHF World Championships next month. Forwards Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall will be joined by goaltender Cam Talbot on Team Canada. The Oilers have also confirmed over the last two days that forwards Patrick Maroon and Matt Hendricks will skate for Team USA, while defenceman Andrej Sekera will represent Slovakia and centre Leon Draisaitl will play for Germany.Chris WescottMon, 11 Apr 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/05/644iihf-hall3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4631046310BLOG: McDavid “close to being the guy”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46308Todd McLellan echoed his players’ comments from yesterday when he spoke to the media wrapping up the 2015-16 season. Almost every player interviewed applauded the leadership of rookie centre Connor McDavid at locker room clean-out day at Rexall Place. When the Oilers head coach took to the podium, he too spoke highly of young McDavid’s ability to lead. McLellan was asked if McDavid is ready to be a captain at the NHL level and he said he’s close. “Connor was a tremendous leader this year in his short time with us,” said McLellan. “His presence alone when he walks into the room, and he knows it, he exudes confidence, he carries himself properly. I think leaders attract people. You want to be in his corner, you want to be around him, and when leaders attract people they care about people too and Connor has that going. He’s still 19 years old. I think he’s close to being the guy and ready for it. We’ll talk more over the summer with that. He’ll need a very good supporting crew around him, and we’ll see what our team looks like in the fall to determine whether or not that’s the right thing for our group.”Chris WescottMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:31:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4630846308BLOG: Injuries an issuehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46306The Oilers had 360-plus man games lost due to injury this season, many of them to major role players on the team. Oscar Klefbom missed 52 games, Connor McDavid’s outstanding rookie season was cut short by 37 games. Eric Gryba, Brandon Davidson and Benoit Pouliot all got hurt down the stretch, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was also plagued by injuries. The injury bug made it difficult on the Oilers coaching staff when it came to evaluating their roster. Injuries and health of the roster is something the Oilers will look at moving forward. “One of the disappointing things, amongst others, was the fact that we just couldn’t get or stay healthy and we have to look at that as well. We have to look at why. Did we rest enough? Were we over-aggressive in some practice situations, did nutrition or our work off the ice, did any of that cause injuries?” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We never really had our group together and got it to roll a little bit, but I think we saw snippets enough to know individuals and how they react and respond in certain situations.”Chris WescottMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20150926_ph2-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4630646306Oilers assign fourhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46282The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defencemen Darnell Nurse, Jordan Oesterle and Griffin Reinhart, as well as goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors. Nurse, 21, appeared in 69 games with Edmonton this season, registering 10 points (3G, 7A) and 60 penalty minutes. The Hamilton, Ontario native has posted one assist and seven penalty minutes in six games with the Condors this season. Oesterle, 23, appeared in 17 games with the Oilers this season, posting five assists. The Dearborn Heights, Michigan native played in 42 games with the Condors this season, registering 23 points (3G, 20A) and eight penalty minutes. Reinhart, 22, played in 29 games with the Oilers this season, recording one assist and 20 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has accumulated nine points (2G, 7A) and 14 penalty minutes in 27 games with Bakersfield this season. Brossoit, 23, appeared in five games this season with the Oilers, posting a 3.61 goals against average and a .873 save percentage. The Surrey, British Columbia native has played in 28 games with Bakersfield this season, recording a 15-9-3 record with a 2.69 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160217_Condors.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4628246282BLOG: The heart of “The Core”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46304Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — recently labelled as “The Core” — have been a long-standing trio that have remained with the Oilers organization since the start of their NHL careers. “Those three are, they wear the Oilers logo on their heart more than anybody does here,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “They’ve been through a lot, they’ve played in front of the fans. They drive home after their meetings yesterday or meetings with you and they feel it. It cuts deep to them. They want to perform and give the city the best they have.” Hall and Eberle have been with the team since 2010, while Nugent-Hopkins joined the Oilers in 2011. In those six years, neither has experienced a post-season run but McLellan said it’s not for lack of trying. “They’re disappointed, they’re emotional about it but they want to win as much as anybody does,” he said. “I watched Jordan and Taylor, unfortunately Nuge wasn’t there, win at the World Championships (last year), and yea it’s a different environment, a different world, but they know how to win. They knew how to do it there, they knew how to do it for a month straight.” But McLellan is also quick to point out that the path to team success can’t all fall on these three to carry the team forward. “They need a little bit of help from us as a staff, from the organization and they need to accept a little more responsibility,” he said. “But if we think those three are just going to be the solution to the problem we’re dreaming because it’s the whole organization, the scouts, the coaches… And then anybody else that sits next to them in the locker room — everybody has to improve.”Meg TilleyMon, 11 Apr 2016 14:50:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160411_HallEbsRNH.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4630446304BLOG: Factoring in the fanshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46303With the Oilers season wrapped up and the players gone their separate ways, the coaches will sit down and re-evaluate much of the year. While strategy, skill, positioning, player growth and player changes are all hot topics, what many fans may not realize is that the fan-base will be a big piece that’s factored into the coaches conversation. “The knowledge-base of the fan and media here in Edmonton is exceptional,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “They understand hockey, they get it, and you guys see it like we do.” After his first full season as Edmonton’s head coach, McLellan said they have now had the time to analyze where the room for improvement lies, what can be adjusted and what can be changed. “[Fans] sure don’t want to hear the word ‘rebuild’ and ‘patience’ and I’m not using that,” he said. “I think they want to hear that they’re considered in the evaluation. So we have to start with them. We have to make sure that at least we’re giving them an honest effort. Most of the nights we did. “They want to know that there’s hope. That we’re going the right direction. I think they want to know that there’s some stability, most of them would like to know what’s going to happen today.” Though McLellan said they’re unable to answer all of these questions right away the staff are aware of what it is the fans don’t — and won’t — hear. “But [fans] sure don’t want to hear ‘rebuild’ or ‘patience,’ because I don’t want to hear it anymore and I’ve only been here a year.”Meg TilleyMon, 11 Apr 2016 14:18:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160405_Fans2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4630346303Full Coverage from the Year-End Availabilityhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46272edmontonoilers.com staffSun, 10 Apr 2016 17:09:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160228_chiarellistill.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627246272BLOG: Chiarelli provides update on Klefbomhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46279Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom saw his season cut very short due to two separate injuries. A knuckle ailment, which was expected to need a quick recovery, turned into an infection and the blueliner missed 52 games. Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli provided a fairly in-depth update on Klefbom, who could be back skating soon. “It was a frustrating thing, and it was almost like the perfect storm as far as kind of two successive infections and really, a cut on his knuckle resulted in an infection in his ankle and there have been some players going through the same thing right now,” said Chiarelli. “Timeline, I think if we were in the playoffs he would have been available. I basically just shut him down. I said, ‘Klef, enough. You’re probably trying too hard to come back,” and it was aggravating it a little bit. He’s going to get the proper equipment. We’ve been looking at getting the proper skate, customized, and the silver lining is he’s in terrific shape. I would anticipate him back skating in a month’s time.” Chiarelli confirmed there is no tendon or ligament damage, so Klefbom should be hitting the off-season hard in a few weeks’ time.Chris WescottSun, 10 Apr 2016 17:05:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160301_Klefbom.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627946279BLOG: The Corehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46278“It’s out of my hands now, the season’s done, the games have been played out so whatever happens, happens,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. After the Oilers finished the season with a 31-43-8 record, questions about the possible movement of key players — also referred to as “The Core” — are on the rise. “My message is still the same,” said Hall. “I’d love to be here, it’s home for me now. You see some really good pieces on our team that you want to be with going forward, so it’s still the same.” A season of overcoming obstacles saw Oilers players succumb to unexpected injuries that prevented the team from forming a constant flow for the team on the ice. “I think late November we were still right there in the playoffs,” Hall said. “If we would have ran together three or four we would have been right there. Klefbom went down, we had some injuries that were unfortunate. In saying that, every team goes through injuries all season and unfortunately for us it was two of our biggest guys, so maybe not a true judgement of our team.” Though the Oilers compensated in areas they could afford, recalling players from the minors to fill the positions where necessary, Hall says that the summer still holds much of the unknown. “You never know what’s going to happen,” said Hall. “I think now that the season’s done it’s kind of out of your hands and you conduct your summer the way you usually would. I’m looking forward to going over to the World’s and experiencing Team Canada and everything that has to offer. I’m excited for that, it’s been a tough year but there’s also some positive.”Meg TilleySun, 10 Apr 2016 16:51:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160410_Hall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627846278BLOG: Yakupov’s summer planshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46276Oilers forward Nail Yakupov is steering his focus this summer on his fitness and zoning in on anywhere he sees room for improvement. “I’m just going to train, train hard, work hard, improve some things and keep looking forward,” he said. “I love this city and the team that I play with.” After an unfavourable season that saw the forward succumb to an ankle injury in November that sidelined him for eight weeks, Yakupov regained his momentum on the ice. “I’m trying to enjoy the life and try and enjoy the game and have fun with my teammates, who I play with,” he said. “It’s my favourite game, it’s the only sport I play, I want to push hard — everything. I want to give everything, I want to leave everything on the ice, but sometimes it’s been a really tough time and I really got the opportunity to play. Last couple of weeks have been pretty good… I just try to have some fun.”Meg TilleySun, 10 Apr 2016 15:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160410_Yakupov.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627646276BLOG: Eberle reflects on seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46275As the 2015-16 season comes to a close, the Oilers regrouped once more at Rexall Place to speak to the media about their upcoming summers. Oilers forward Jordan Eberle was just such a player that reflected on the season that played out for Edmonton this year. “No one likes losing. We’re all professionals, we’re competitive people, it’s not fun being out of the playoffs and having to sit at home and watch other teams fight for something that you ultimately want to win,” he said matter-of-factly. “I think, when you look back on this season, we’ve definitely made improvements, I know… we’re nowhere near where we need to be but I think, when you look back on our goals-against average, our goals differential, our specialties, we have made improvements and that’s definitely a positive sign. But ultimately, like I said we’re not where we want to be.” A season that did not see the team finish in a favourable position stirs questions about player changes that may be made in the summer, to which Ederle admitted that changes are inevitable in a business such as this. “There’s always going to be questions, as with any team, I don’t think it’s really different from any other years. It’s always going to be the same, who’s going to be back and whose not,” he said. “I think when you’re finishing 29th there’s always going to be changes. With that being said, there’s changes throughout every lineup coming in, but ultimately that’s out of the player’s control really. All they can do is play on the way the left and deal with what happens in the summer.”Meg TilleySun, 10 Apr 2016 15:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/642-eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627546275BLOG: Hendricks sees leader in McDavidhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46274Connor McDavid came to the Edmonton Oilers with big outside expectations, and even bigger internal ones. The rookie first-overall pick posted 48 points in an injury-shortened 45-game season. He impressed his teammates, even the veteran ones, with how he carried himself through his first NHL season. “Great person,” said Matt Hendricks. “You couldn’t ask any more of him in that regard, for sure, and I don’t know if you could ask any more of him as a player either. He came into our group this year, into a struggling group, as a young player with a lot of expectations and overwhelmed a lot of us. He’s a heck of a player and a heck of a player to be around and I’m real fortunate to be able to play and enjoy his rookie season with him.” The players have consistently voiced their pleasure and surprise about his leadership in the room as well. Taylor Hall a week ago said although McDavid is the youngest player in the room, a lot of players look up to him. When asked if McDavid could be a captain some day, Hendricks had no hesitations. “Absolutely. Absolutely, he could be.” “That’s not a question for me, but you’ve seen players at his age wear the ‘C’ after their first year or so, but I have no doubt in my mind he’d excel at it,” Hendricks said.Chris WescottSun, 10 Apr 2016 14:42:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627446274BLOG: Room for improvementhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46273The Oilers finished this season 29th in the NHL, and of course that means plenty of room for improvement for the club that has not made the playoffs since 2006. Patrick Maroon, who was acquired by the Oilers at the NHL Trade Deadline, knows a thing or two about playing meaningful hockey late into and following the regular season, coming from the Anaheim Ducks. “It’s very frustrating,” Maroon said. “This is kind of weird for me because the past four years I’ve been in the playoffs and playing almost until June every year. Now, leading up to it, you’re kind of like ‘God, I wish I could play, go play that 28 games that you have a chance to win,’ There’s a lot of room for improvement with this team and for us to get there we’ve got to ask ourselves if we can play that 28 games right now against Anaheim, the LAs and all that. I don’t think we’re ready as a team, but I think we’re on the right path.” Anaheim is among the best in the NHL this season, playoff bound for the fourth straight season. When asked what the biggest difference between Anaheim and Edmonton was, Maroon talked about youth and culture. “We have a really young team here, so it’s a different culture,” said Maroon. “In Anaheim, we had a lot of older veterans, a lot of older guys so it’s obviously a lot different. That being said, there’s room for improvement everywhere, on the ice, off the ice and being leaders. The coaching staff does a great job of preparing all of us and making sure we’re ready and focused to go out there every game.”Chris WescottSun, 10 Apr 2016 14:41:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160410_MAROON.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4627346273BLOG: Watch Chiarelli & McLellan live around 2 PMhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46261Oilers head coach Todd McLellan and General Manager/President of Hockey Operations Peter Chiarelli will both address the media today. You can watch it live right here on the Oilers Mobile App at approximately 2:00 p.m. MDT.edmontonoilers.com staffSun, 10 Apr 2016 13:32:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/644mclellan-post.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4626146261Video & audio from Friday's practice in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46247edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:47:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160224_practice2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4624746247BLOG: Maroon looks to lock down spot for goodhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46240Patrick Maroon has something good going for him. He’s carved out a spot high in the Oilers lineup, playing on Connor McDavid’s wing. “Obviously, there’s an opportunity here for me to grow as a player, grow as a leader,” said Maroon. “Playing with Connor too is an opportunity for me to succeed in this league and an opportunity to put up some good numbers.” Putting up good numbers is something Maroon has done since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL Trade Deadline. Maroon has 13 points, including seven goals, in just 15 games for the Oil. “He’s one of those unique players that can play physical and tough and have the size, but still complement high-end skill players, whether it’s finishing or making plays. That’s what’s really unique about him,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He’s got a lot of experience from Anaheim, doing that with (Corey) Perry and (Ryan) Getzlaf. I think that he has the opportunity to have a really healthy, long career here with us. His summer is going to be extremely important. I think he’s beginning to realize this would be a real good landing spot for him long-term so that’s a great thing.” For Maroon, he wants to keep his good situation going. He didn’t like the way things ended in Anaheim, in terms of his demotion down the lineup. His focus going into the summer is locking that spot down with hard work. “If the opportunity is there and I’m on the left side with 97 then I’ve just got to run with it. I can’t look back,” said Maroon. “I’ve got to perform, I have to be ready and that’s just playing good and performing and putting the numbers up you’d like to put up. If you don’t do that then you’ll see yourself drop pretty far in the lineup. I don’t want that to happen again. It happened in Anaheim, and I don’t want that. I want to be a role player on this team moving forward. It’s a big summer for me. I can come here and prove to them I want it. You can always improve on things.” “It didn’t work last year in Anaheim, so what is he going to change, what is he going to do different that he can keep that spot?That will be the challenge,” said McLellan. “I think he’s a great kid. He fits our team well. He’s got an energy, a passion and a smile all the time, he takes every moment to heart and wins and losses affect him emotionally. We need more of that around here.”Chris WescottFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:45:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160303_OilersFlyers.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4624046240BLOG: Nurse bounces back from scary incidenthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46239Some may have been surprised to see Darnell Nurse skating with the team Friday morning. The Oilers defenceman took a puck to the throat in the Oilers win over Vancouver on Wednesday. He left the game and did not return, taken to the hospital as a precaution and to determine the extent of the damage. And yet, there he was taking his normal rotation with Adam Pardy as the Oilers skated in Leduc. “He worked hard. He didn’t show any indication of suffering from anything,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “The doctors have, from what I understand, cleared him so if he’s ready to play, we’ll play him. He is a tough customer and I think that’s part of what makes him an attractive player. That’s a real good characteristic to have.” Nurse’s throat was swollen after the incident and his voice was a little raspier than normal on Friday, but he looked ready to play when the Oilers wrap up the season on Saturday in Vancouver. Nurse is just happy he wasn’t seriously injured, as taking a puck to the upper body, face and neck area is no laughing matter. “It is scary because you feel like you could eat your Adam’s apple,” said Nurse. “You get hit in areas like that and it’s kind of scary. You just want to make sure you can breathe and, obviously, the medical staff we have with the team and the medical staff at the hospital helped me out a lot. I’m lucky. It could have been a lot worse than it was and I’m fortunate to come out just a little swollen with a couple of vocal cords messed up.”Chris WescottFri, 08 Apr 2016 17:40:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160323_nurse.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4623946239BLOG: McLellan on Farewell Rexall Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46253Wednesday night saw 160+ Oilers alumni and current Oilers staff and players recognized and join in on the Farewell Rexall Place celebrations. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan was one such individual that was greeted by a roaring — almost deafening — applause when he stepped out onto the carpeted runway that lead to his spot that was positioned around centre ice. “I was a [small] piece of that ceremony and that’s just the way you look at it,” he said. “It’s never about me, it’s never about the coaches and in fact it’s not even about this year’s team. That night, that was about the building in the past. I was lucky enough to be part of it. I am truly honoured to be an Oiler.” Though McLellan said he didn’t necessarily notice the difference between the applause for one member versus another, he was certainly one to experience the intense passion the fans exhibited throughout the building. “It was a goosebumps moment because of the building and the people that were around me,” he said. “And the fans showing their appreciation, I sat in that chair and I looked around, I tried to find an empty seat and you couldn’t. And I think that speaks volumes of the fans. It’s as much about them as it is about the 150-200 coaches and players that were out on the ice.Meg TilleyFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151007_McLellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4625346253BLOG: Pouliot practiceshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46252Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot joined his teammates on the ice in Leduc, Friday, after a month-long hiatus due to a shoulder injury he sustained. “He’s not playing, he won’t play in Vancouver so his year is basically over,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger, who injured his shoulder in a game against the New York Islanders on February 28, wanted to enjoy one last skate with his team before the end of the season. “He wanted to get back on the skates and see what it was like to handle the puck and shoot it a little bit with his injury,” said McLellan. “Obviously, he has improved to the point where he could do that but he’s certainly not ready to play.”Meg TilleyFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:22:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/306pouliot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4625246252BLOG: Hall joins Team Canadahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46251Oilers forward Taylor Hall confirmed today that he will join Team Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia this May. “It should be fun, I heard it’s a great city,” Hall said. “I had so much fun playing last year and it was a really good finish to the year that was disappointing team-wise. But I went over there and had a lot of success on the team and we won Gold and had just kind of made hockey what hockey is when you’re winning and you’re having fun like that, [I’m] so hoping for that same feeling this time.” Last year, Team Canada made it all the way to the gold medal game, cruising to a 6-1 victory over Russia. In 10 games, Hall record seven goals and five assists for 12 points in the tournament. It’s likely Hall will reunite with some familiar faces that graced the Canada team last year, something that he says he looks forward to. “That’s one the best parts is seeing different guys,” he said. “Learning from different players, getting to know different coaches and different systems and obviously showing yourself to hockey Canada.”Meg TilleyFri, 08 Apr 2016 15:55:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160325_hall1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4625146251BLOG: Visit our Farewell Rexall Place Pagehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46249The best way to relive all of the events and videos from Wednesday night's historic final game at Rexall Place as well as take a look back at the storied history of the building is to visit our Farewell Rexall Place page at edmontonoilers.com. You can also view the panoramic image of the buliding at anthem time. If you were at the game, try and find yourself!Marc CiampaFri, 08 Apr 2016 15:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/642-panoramic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4624946249BLOG: Friday practice updates in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46236The Oilers have hit the ice for their final practice of the 2015-16 season, at Leduc Recreation Centre. Darnell Nurse, who left Wednesday night’s game after taking a puck to the throat, is on the ice with the team. Benoit Pouliot, who has been out with a shoulder injury since March 1, is on the ice as well. The bottom six rotated through the first drills, but the top six have been as follows: Maroon-McDavid-Eberle Hall-RNH-Pakarinen Per Bob Stauffer, the bottom six is likely as follows: Korpikoski-Draisaitl-Yakupov Hendricks-Letestu-Kassian Gazdic-Lander-Cracknell are also skating. Defensive Pairings: Sekera-Fayne Nurse-Pardy Reinhart-Oesterle Nikitin-ClendeningChris WescottFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:31:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160321_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4623646236BLOG: Farewell from The Great Onehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46215“First of all I just want to thank everyone for a wonderful night,” said Oilers alumnus Wayne Gretzky. As one of 160+ Oilers alumni, The Great One was all smiles as he took in the sight of a full Rexall Place bowl. With too many memories to count, Gretzky was focused on living in the moment and saying farewell to an arena he called his home for 10 seasons. “[Thank you to] The Oilers and all the players that came back and of course all the fans. Mark [Messier] and I were talking earlier — I don’t think there’s any other city where the fans would still be sitting here, I wish we could get out and play for them but we can’t do that anymore.”Meg TilleyThu, 07 Apr 2016 00:23:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160405_Gretzky.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4621546215BLOG: Cole and the first Cuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46214“The Edmonton Oilers have won the Stanley Cup!” Iconic words said by Hockey Night in Canada Announcer Bob Cole. The man responsible for announcing the Oilers first-ever Stanley Cup win, Cole was present at the Farewell Rexall Ceremony to share in festivities. “I kind of fell in love with this group, these young Oilers, in ’83,” he said. “When they got all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in Long Island, it was a dynasty for the Islanders, and [the Oilers] lost in four games. I remember walking out with Wayne and Glenn and Paul and all the guys and everybody was just in silence, they were just bruised and tired and worn out.” Cole witnessed (and announced) the Oilers heartbreak Cup loss but ever more exhilarating win the following year in 1984. “I really fell in love with this team,” he said. “And we got together again the next year and they won their first Stanley Cup, the first of four that were won here (the fifth was won in Boston), in this old building that we’re saying goodbye to.”Meg TilleyThu, 07 Apr 2016 00:13:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_rexallfinal642.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4621446214BLOG: The Original Oilerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46213Oilers alumnus Rusty Patenaude made his mark as the first Oiler to score 100 goals in an Oilers jersey. “I just feel very fortunate being a part of this organization,” he said. “It’s been a classy organization… and I can see nothing but great things for the Oilers and their new building and I’m just proud to be part of them.” The “Original Oiler” played four seasons with Edmonton in the World Hockey Association and said he’ll never forget his time spent in Oil Country. “Edmonton was a home that felt like a home away from home. People just endorsed you and the fans were so passionate, they just make you feel like you were something every night.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 23:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_rexallfinal642.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4621346213BLOG: Ranford in Rexallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46212Bill Ranford joined the Oilers in 1987 after he was traded from the Boston Bruins. “I was living in Red Deer so I was a big Oilers fan so it was a huge honour for me,” he admits. Needless to say, it’s a move the Oilers alumnus will never regret, having gone on to win two Stanley Cups with the team and make a lifetime of memories. “It was a little overwhelming for me with the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and the legendary Grant Fuhr, it was a real honour for me,” he said. “I was excited about it and I spent 10 years here and this is a big family here. This is an incredible night and the fans here I can’t thank them enough.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 23:39:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_rexallfinal642.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4621246212BLOG: An Oilers Firsthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46211Blair “BJ” MacDonald is one of many Oilers alumni present at the Farewell Rexall Place ceremony. MacDonald was the first Oiler to score a goal for the newly minted NHL team in October 1979 against the Detroit Red Wings. “I had to be one of the luckiest guys in hockey having the chance to play with Gretz in my first year, we were a little bit of the underdogs,” said MacDonald. “We came into the league and that first game here, I think the lead-up, the buzz in the city, and the warm up and the electricity in the building of that first game and we were lucky enough to pull off a win against an original six team, Detroit, it was just a great night.” It was the first of many more to come and one that MacDonald says he’ll never forget.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 23:29:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_rexallfinal642.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4621146211BLOG: Excitement on Churchill Squarehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46208“It’s a really good day to be the Mayor of Edmonton,” Don Iveson beamed, as he addressed the crowd at Churchill Square earlier this afternoon. Nearly 100 Oilers alumni joined the Farewell Rexall Place celebrations beginning at City Hall, where they were recognized and applauded by thousands of cheering fans. The pavement of Churchill Square could barely be recognized, as fans flooded the area in orange, blue, and white, with the hopes to catch a glimpse of some of their hockey heroes. “It felt almost like a Stanley Cup parade,” Georges Laraque commented on the excitement, “This shows why we have the best fans in the world.” Mark Messier agreed, “This looks familiar to 1984.” “I remember coming to city hall and having the big gathering here, and thanking the fans, and here we are again in another big crowd — wow, what a powerful day today for so many people in the organization, in the city, and obviously the players.” Ryan Smyth also addressed the crowd after receiving an extensive applause. “It’s a bittersweet day… there’s a lot of memories, a lot of history in that building. But, in the same breath, there’s another one just a few blocks around the corner here, that many new memories are going to be made in.” “Thank you to the fans, the media and the City of Edmonton.”Kelli GustafsonWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:10:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/642-churchillsquare.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4620846208BLOG: Messier’s memorieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46207It seems as though the Oilers alumni continue to echo one another’s sentiments. “Good, sad, happy — all the emotions that will be coming tonight for everybody a lot of people that put the uniform on, a lot of people that work for the team, a lot of fans that have been here from day one when it first opened, it will be quite an evening,” said Oilers alumnus Mark Messier. One of 160+ alumni in attendance today, Messier was in awe of the number in attendance and how the building itself has made its mark in the heart of Oil Country. “It’s amazing how a building can take on a life of it’s own,” he said. “All the great moments that were played here, one after another, I’ve seen my first concert here — Fleetwood Mac — back in the early ’70’s. Think about all the different — not only the hockey games — but all the other emotions and events that [have] happened here too. It’s going to be a powerful night for the city of Edmonton.” A sold-out arena will see the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks for the very last time at Rexall Place, as they close out the night with a final farewell ceremony that will feel like a blast from the past. “I never thought — like many people — that the NHL would come to Edmonton,” said Messier. “And as a hockey player growing up, I never thought that I would ever have a chance to play in my hometown in the NHL. Both those things happened, and of course, being able to win and [be] part of the team that’s won five Stanley Cups in my hometown, it doesn’t get much better than that. So for me personally, it’s been a long journey seeing this rink built in the early ’70’s and all the moments in-between.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 15:39:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/11/Messier.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4620746207BLOG: Appreciating the past, embracing the futurehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46206“It will be emotional tonight,” said Oilers alumnus Jari Kurri, looking around and taking in his fellow alumni that surround him. As Oil Country prepares to say their final farewell to the building that’s housed the Oilers since 1974, Kurri is right, it will be a very emotional night. “A lot of good memories. There were a lot of records being made in this building, but the first that always comes to my mind is that first Stanley Cup and not knowing what’s going to happen and how everybody reacted — the players, the fans, the city,” said Kurri. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, the Finnish winger spent 10 seasons with the Oilers, winning five Stanley Cups with the team. “Coming from Europe, I had no clue how much it meant with winning,” he admits. “I was shocked. People were hugging each other who they didn’t even know who they were. People were driving through the city in the cars and people were all over the place celebrating on the roof and everywhere. It was so much fun.” As the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks for their final game at Rexall Place, Kurri said it’s sad to leave it all behind but he looks forward to the Oilers future at Rogers Place. “Life goes on and everybody is looking forward to the next new building. It’s going to be unbelievable.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 15:14:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2011/01/20110104_kurri-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4620646206BLOG: Looking back with Zukhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46205Long before the Oilers made Northlands Coliseum their home, and even prior to their NHL merge in 1979, they called Edmonton Gardens their home and were playing in the World Hockey Association. It was there that Oilers alumnus Wayne Zuk remembers a specific moment between he and teammate Val Fonteyne. “[Val] was 38 years old and I was 23 years old and we’re playing on the same team and I’ll never forget, Brian Shaw was our coach at the time, and prior to the warmup he says ‘Val, you’re going to shadow Bobby Hull tonight, and Wayne, you’re going to shadow Bobby Hull tonight,’” he said. “We couldn’t figure out why it would take two of us to shadow Hull. And the answer to that question was, well, that’s because we could only stay on the ice for about a minute maximum and Hull stayed on three, four minutes as a shift. We figured out later we needed two guys to shadow him.” It’s one of many memories Zuk says he’ll never forget and is grateful for the opportunity to be present for Oil Country’s final farewell to Rexall Place. “The Oilers have gone above and beyond, I think, in hosting this event,” he said. “Even reaching back to guys who are older, who’ve never played in the NHL and were WHA guys — the fact that they would invite us and have us be a part of this event, speaks to how classy they are.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Apr 2016 14:51:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_WHA.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4620546205Video & audio from Tuesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46171edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 05 Apr 2016 17:20:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4617146171BLOG: Kurri returns for Farewell Rexallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46179With only 24 hours to go before the Farewell Rexall Place festivities commence, some notable Oilers alumni met at The Westin early Tuesday afternoon. “It’s always nice to be back here,” Jari Kurri commented on returning to Edmonton. With his banner hanging from the Rexall Place rafters, Kurri will be one of many notable Oilers alumni returning to the arena tomorrow, to bid farewell to this historic building. Winning five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, Kurri recalls many fond memories inside Rexall Place. When asked what one of his favourite memories was from playing, Kurri smiled, “[Winning] the first Stanley Cup always comes to mind.” He later added, “[Wayne] Gretzky’s 50 goals in 39 games — nobody believed that could happen!” Kurri also spoke on Rogers Place, saying, “What a place! It is going to be an amazing building [that] the fans will enjoy and the players will enjoy!” “Maybe they can have a fresh start and build their own history in that building”Kelli GustafsonTue, 05 Apr 2016 17:09:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160126_GretzkyKurri.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4617946179BLOG: Markkanen remembers the sound of Rexallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46178Alongside Jari Kurri and Grant Fuhr, Jussi Markkanen was asked by the media to recall some of his favourite memories inside Rexall Place. Instantly, Markkanen jumped to Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes. “The fans are yelling… you get goose bumps talking about it!” Markkanen said. “Not just the building, [but] the whole city was behind us. Felt like the whole city was inside that building. You couldn’t hear your own voice on the ice!” With idols like Kurri, coming from Finland, Markkanen added, “It was a dream come true to come and play in Rexall.” Looking at the current team, Markkanen is excited to watch the Oilers move into Rogers Place. “There’s a lot of young talent on the team right now.”Kelli GustafsonTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:59:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160405_Markkanen.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4617846178BLOG: Fuhr recalls the “family atmosphere”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46175Alongside Jari Kurri’s banner, hangs another Oilers legend — Grant Fuhr. Fuhr, selected eighth overall in the 1981 NHL Draft by Edmonton, went on to win four Stanley Cups with the Oilers. “A lot of great memories in the old building,” Fuhr told the media, while reminiscing on the playoff series games. Fuhr fondly recalls the excitement that was shared between the team and the fans, “Being a small-market team, you’re closer to your fans than you would be in a big city.” When asked what helped the team perform so well during those years, Fuhr said, “The biggest thing we had was a family atmosphere… they are great friendships that have lasted forever. “The guys liked spending time together, I think that’s what made us such a good team.” The move from Rexall Place to Rogers Place will be the second move that Fuhr sees, remembering the move from Edmonton Gardens to Northlands Coliseum in 1974.Kelli GustafsonTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:58:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160326_fuhr.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4617546175BLOG: Tuesday updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46173The Oilers are on the ice for their final practice at Rexall Place. There aren't any changes to the participants. Lines: Maroon-McDavid-Draisaitl Hall-RNH-Eberle Korpikoski-Letestu-Yakupov Hendricks-Pakarinen-Kassian Gazdic-Lander-Cracknell Stay tuned for full coverage and interviews from the players and coach Todd McLellan.Chris WescottTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:21:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160106_practice3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4617346173BLOG: Gretzky joins list of alumni attendinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46169The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will host more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five, and this group contains a huge star. Wayne Gretzky is someone who needs no introduction, but here are some notes on the man they call “The Great One.” Gretzky became the most dominant player in the history of the sport, setting records and displaying skill and talent unlike anything the league has seen. He won the Hart Trophy his first year in the NHL, becoming the first player to do so. He won seven straight scoring titles beginning with the 1980 season. In addition to helping Edmonton win its first four Cups, Gretzky took home an astounding number of awards in his NHL career, including 10 Art Ross trophies, two Conn Smythe trophies, nine Hart Memorial trophies, five Lady Byngs, and numerous All-Star nods. Gretzky played 1487 career NHL games, and 208 in the post-season. Number 99 still holds many NHL records, including most goals in his career (894). He was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame following his retirement in 1999. Joey Moss is one of the most well-known and beloved figures in the Oilers organization and in the Edmonton community. Moss, born with Down Syndrome, has worked with the team as a dressing room assistant since the 1984-85 season. He has been with the Oilers for four of their five Stanley Cup championship seasons. He helps clean the dressing room, assists with laundry and handles the towels and water for games and practices, also helping with the distribution of equipment. He is active in the community, including his support of a fashion show supporting the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society and “Joey’s Home” which is an assisted-living home for individuals with developmental disabilities. Garry Unger ranks second on the list of consecutive games played in NHL history. His iron-man streak lasted 914 games. The Calgary, AB native played parts of three seasons for the Oilers between the 1980-81 and 1982-83 seasons. Unger finished a lengthy and successful NHL career having played 1105 regular season games, scoring 413 goals and recording a total of 804 points. Unger also played in 51 playoff games in his NHL career. Kirk Maltby was drafted by the Oilers in the third round, 65th overall, of the 1992 NHL Draft. Although he’d begin his professional career with the Oilers organization, he’s best known for his long run with the Detroit Red Wings. He played over 1000 NHL games in his career, including 164 games for Edmonton, scoring 21 goals and 17 assists. Jussi Markkanen was a fifth-round pick of the Oilers in 2001. The Finnish goalie played 100-plus games for the Oil, most notably during the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. Following a knee injury to Dwayne Roloson in Game 1 of the Final series vs. Carolina, Markkanen was thrust into action starting in Game 2. Backstopped by Markkanen, the Oilers came just one win shy of capturing their sixth Stanley Cup.Chris WescottMon, 04 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4616946169BLOG: Looking forwardhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46155Two days from now, Oil Country will bid a final farewell to Rexall Place. As the Oilers prepare to host the Vancouver Canucks, they have been working to regroup from Saturday night’s Battle of Alberta loss and make Wednesday a night to remember. “It’s something that you’re going to remember for a long time,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “Todd (McLellan) brought it up this morning, Winnipeg was playing their final home game last night and they really brought it, they won 5-1 against a playoff team and their fans were applauding their effort, like they should. That’s what we want to see from our team. It’s incredible what can happen when you play hard in front of these fans, they appreciate it. For us, I think it’s about holding us to a high standard even though we’re not in the playoffs. We owe it to each other.” Oilers forward Jordan Eberle agrees with his teammate, adding there is a lot of pride in the organization for past and present players and that today’s practice allowed them to regroup for Wednesday. “Guys are still playing for jobs, they’re playing for pride… they’re playing for a lot of things,” he said. “There should be no reason why that effort shouldn’t come out. We have a chance on Wednesday to feel good about ourselves and to finish well in this rink and give the fans something to cheer about, what they deserve.”Meg TilleyMon, 04 Apr 2016 17:01:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160325_hall1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4615546155BLOG: Oilers skate hard to reestablish work ethichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46168Todd McLellan was not happy following his team’s 5-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. The frustrating and “embarrassing” effort forced the staff to change tactics on Monday at practice. Instead of focusing on tweaking and teaching, the Oilers skated heavily and participated in high-intensity battle drills. “Today is a disappointing day, in my opinion, because it was a day that we should have been using to advance our team game, polish things up in certain areas, and it turned into reestablishing a work ethic and holding players accountable for lack of work ethic in a game,” said McLellan. “The staff and the players, we get no enjoyment from that at all. That’s like sitting in front of my two boys at home and disciplining them for their inactions or poor choices. There isn’t a parent in the world who likes doing that, and that wasn’t a fun day. But we had to reestablish that there are some expectations when you put the equipment on to be honest at least.” The Oilers opened practice with some hard laps around the ice, then participated in a drill where two players skate the length of the ice then shoot the puck. Then, the Oilers wrapped things up with a few battle drills including on where two players fight for the puck and then skate to centre ice, then turn and skate back. “I was disappointed after reviewing the game again, and obviously the effort and the battle level, but even some of the game management situations,” said the head coach. “1:20 shifts, and then still trying to go on offence and complete disregard for back-checking. The day was spent trying to reestablish boundaries and what is acceptable and what isn’t.”Chris WescottMon, 04 Apr 2016 16:25:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160314_practice2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4616846168Video & audio from Monday's practice at Rexallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46149edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:38:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151205_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4614946149BLOG: Monday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46163The Oilers have hit the ice at Rexall Place. Todd McLellan, who promised his team would work hard at practice following a 5-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday, has begun the skate with hard laps around the rink. The up-tempo practice continued with full-length of the ice skating, followed by some battle drills. Stay tuned for full coverage from Rexall Place.Chris WescottMon, 04 Apr 2016 13:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160314_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4616346163BLOG: Mark Messier among the next five alumni attendeeshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46136The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will host more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. Mark Messier is second all-time in NHL history in points with 1,887 behind only Wayne Gretzky and as an Oiler he ranks third behind Gretzky and Jari Kurri with 1,034 points in 851 games. “The Moose” won six Stanley Cups — five in Edmonton — and is the only player to ever captain two different teams to the League’s ultimate prize. Messier won the Conn Smythe trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs in 1984, helping lead the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup. Rod Phillips called over 3,500 Oilers games in his 37-year career. The number ‘3542’ along with Phillips’ name hangs in the rafters at Rexall Place after he retired as the ‘voice’ of the Edmonton Oilers on May 28th, 2010. Phillips started calling professional games in 1973 in the WHA with the Oilers and then continued with the team in the NHL in 1979. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Anson Carter was traded to the Oilers from Boston in November 2000 and played three seasons in Edmonton. Carter had 69 goals and 157 points in 211 games as an Oiler. In 12 NHL seasons, Carter had 202 goals and 421 points in 674 games but is perhaps best known for scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at the 2003 IIHF World Championship to give Canada the gold medal. Boyd Devereaux was drafted by the Oilers in the first round, sixth overall in 1996. He played three seasons with the Oilers, scoring 15 goals and 46 points in 175 games before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings. He went on to play 11 seasons and 627 games, scoring 67 goals and 179 points. Cory Cross played three seasons with the Oilers from 2002 to 2006 including the best season of his NHL career in 2003-04 when he had seven goals and 21 points in 68 games with a +9 rating. The Lloydmisnter, AB native and University of Alberta grad played 659 career NHL games with 34 goals and 131 points.Marc CiampaSun, 03 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/20140909_mess6441.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4613646136BLOG: Coffey joins list of attendees for final gamehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46129The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will host more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. Oilers legend Paul Coffey’s number seven is up in the rafters at Rexall Place for a very good reason. In 532 games as an Oiler, he scored 209 goals and 669 points, including an astounding 48 goals and 138 points in 1985-86. The 48 goals is an NHL record for defencemen in one season and the 138 points is second all-time only behind Bobby Orr’s 139. In fact, Orr and Coffey are the only two defencemen in the list of top-10 seasons by a blueliner with each appearing five times. Coffey won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers, racking up 103 points in 94 playoff games including 37 in 18 games in 1985 — an NHL record which stands to this day. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987 where he won one more Cup in 1991. Brett Callighen joined the Oilers in 1976-77 and spent three seasons in the WHA and three seasons in the NHL. His best season was 1978-79 when he had 31 goals and 70 points in 71 games playing on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Blair MacDonald. Callighen, who had his career cut short due to an eye injury, had 145 points in 160 career NHL games, all with the Oilers. Over his entire Oilers career he had 290 points and 116 goals in 340 games. Pat Price was one of the original NHL Oilers, joining the team in 1979-80 after being acquired from the New York Islanders. In Edmonton, the defenceman enjoyed two of the best seasons of his NHL career with a career-high 11 goals in 1979-80 and 32 points in 59 games in 1980-81. In his NHL career, the rough-and-tumble playmaker Price amassed 1456 penalty minutes and 218 assists in 726 games. He also added 43 goals and 12 points in 74 playoff games. Scott Thornton was acquired by the Oilers in 1991 in a seven-player trade that saw Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr and Craig Berube go to Toronto and Thornton, Luke Richardson, Vincent Damphousse and Peter Ing arrive in Edmonton. At 20 years old at the time of the trade, Thornton spent the next five seasons in the Oilers organization. He played 209 games with the Oilers with 53 points before being traded to Montreal in 1996 in exchange for Andrei Kovalenko. Thornton had a successful NHL career with 285 points in 941 games spanning 17 seasons and six teams. Mathieu Garon is perhaps best known for his improbable success with the Oilers in the shootout in the 2007-08 season. The goaltender stopped 30 of 32 shots to go 10-0 in the shootout, pacing the Oilers to 15 shootout wins that season — an NHL record which still stands today. Garon’s 10 shootout wins in one season is also tied for best all-time in NHL history for one goaltender. He had 26 wins that year with a 2.66 goals-against average. Overall, Garon played 341 career NHL games for six teams with 144 wins and a 2.82 GAA.Marc CiampaSat, 02 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/644coffeey1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4612946129Video & audio from Friday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46114edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:18:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160315_Practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611446114BLOG: McDavid humbled with NHL nodhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46119For a second straight month, and third this season, Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month. In March, McDavid led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, including a seven-game point streak. “Obviously, he’s had a good month, he’s had a good year so far,” said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. “I don’t think I can say much to what’s already been said. He’s a dynamic player. When he’s on the ice he create chances, he creates offence and like I said before, it’s scary that he’s only 19 and he’s only going to get better.” Since returning on February 2, after a broken clavicle sidelined the centre for 12 weeks (37 games), McDavid has made a dynamic return, making up for lost time, and has recorded 45 points in 42 games this season. “It’s not like he came here a project by any means. He was an exceptional player as soon as he stepped on the ice and put on our jersey,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “But in saying that, to be able to [produce] month after month and game after game, especially when maybe teams weren’t playing their first d-pairing and their first line against him at the start of the year, they certainly are now every shift. So for him to play at this level it’s been fun to watch and it’s been great to see for the future of our team. Not only that I think he’s grown off the ice just as far as taking on a bigger role. He’s the youngest guy on our team but a lot of guys look up to him.” Prior to his injury, the first-overall NHL draft pick had received Rookie of the Month for October. Though the recognition names one individual, McDavid, humbled, sees it more as a nod to his teammates. “I definitely take a lot of pride in it,” he said. “It’s something that I’m very happy about. It’s mostly a credit to my teammates and everyone around me. Everyone’s been playing pretty well and when everyone does that, personal success goes along with it. Definitely a credit to them.”Meg TilleyFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:14:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611946119BLOG: Another five join festivitieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46117The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will host more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. In 1982, Ken Linseman was traded to the Hartford Whalers from the Philadelphia Flyers, who in turn shuttled him on to the Oilers on the same day. In Edmonton, Linseman skated on a line with Glenn Anderson and Mark Messier. The trio, forming an effective line, along with the rest of the squad, clicked in a big way, dethroning the New York Islanders as reigning league champs in 1984 to win their first Stanley Cup. In two seasons with the Oilers, “The Rat” scored 51 goals and added 91 assists for 142 points in 144 games, as well as 29 points in 37 playoff games. Shayne Corson was traded to the Oilers from the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 1992. He spent three full seasons with Edmonton, filling a large leadership role and eventually becoming the team's captain. His biggest offensive season came in 1993-94, as he recorded 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points in 64 games. Doug Hicks made an impressive reputation for himself as an “iron man” early in his NHL career. He was claimed by the Oilers in the 1979 Expansion Draft and played two full seasons with the team before he was traded halfway through the 1981-82 season. In 186 games, Hicks recorded 17 goals and 67 assists for 84 points, and he also played in 12 post-season games. Bernie Nicholls was known as an explosive scorer who accumulated over 1,200 career points while playing for six NHL teams. He made a dynamic impact early in his NHL career and continued to be a multi-faceted contributor to his teams. Early in the 1991-92 season, Nicholls was acquired by the Oilers from the New York Rangers in exchange for Mark Messier. Although injuries limited his participation to 49 games during his first regular season with Edmonton, he made up for lost time with 19 points in 16 playoff games in the post-season. In 95 Oilers games, Nicholls recorded 28 goals and 61 assists for 89 points. Kevin Primeau’s first stint as an Oiler came in 1977 when he had a tryout with the team after his high-level amateur hockey career at the University of Alberta was over. He made enough of an impact with the team they he was signed to a free agent contract in March. He played out the remainder of the season with the team, collecting his first professional point, an assist, and played in two more games in the post-season. After moving on from the team, Primeau returned to the Oilers for the 1991-92 NHL season as an assistant coach and remained in that role for six seasons.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_Linseman.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611746117BLOG: Friday practice updates from Royal Glenorahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46126The Oilers have hit the ice at Royal Glenora Club and have a pretty full house. Once again, injured players Adam Pardy, Eric Gryba and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are participating. Forward lines for first drill are: Maroon-McDavid-Eberle Hall-Draisaitl-Yakupov Korpikoski-Letestu-Kassian Hendricks-Lander-Cracknell Nugent-Hopkins rotating in with the dark blue jerseys in top six. Luke Gazdic and Iiro Pakarinen also participating. Defensive pairings: Sekera-Fayne Reinhart-Oesterle Pardy-Nurse Clendening-NikitinChris WescottFri, 01 Apr 2016 14:38:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-practice-rnh-home.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4612646126McDavid named NHL Rookie of the Monthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46115Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March. McDavid edged Buffalo Sabres teammates Sam Reinhart (4-8—12 in 15 GP) and Jack Eichel (6-4—10 in 14 GP), Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (3-7—10 in 14 GP), and St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri (3-6—9 in 12 GP) for the honor. McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, picked up at least one point in 11 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by a seven-game point streak March 14-26 (1-9—10). He also registered five multi-point performances, led by a pair of goals – including the overtime winner – in his first NHL meeting with Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick last year, March 1. The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies – and ranks third in the NHL – with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (15-30—45 in 42 GP). McDavid also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7—12 in 12 GP) and February (5-12—17 in 14 GP). Connor McDavid in March Date Opponent G A PTS Result March 1 at Buffalo 2 0 2 2-1 win (OT) March 3 at Philadelphia 0 1 1 4-0 win March 4 at Columbus 1 1 2 6-3 loss March 6 at Winnipeg 0 0 0 2-1 win March 8 SAN JOSE 0 0 0 3-0 loss March 10 at Minnesota 1 0 1 2-1 win March 12 ARIZONA 0 0 0 4-0 loss March 14 NASHVILLE 0 1 1 3-2 loss March 16 ST. LOUIS 0 2 2 6-4 win March 18 VANCOUVER 0 1 1 2-0 win March 20 COLORADO 0 1 1 3-2 loss March 22 at Arizona 0 2 2 4-2 loss March 24 at San Jose 0 1 1 6-3 win March 26 at Los Angeles 1 1 2 6-4 loss March 28 ANAHEIM 0 0 0 2-1 loss Total 5 11 16 7-8-0Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 01 Apr 2016 12:05:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611546115Video & audio from Thursday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46106edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 31 Mar 2016 19:52:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160331_Draisaitl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4610646106BLOG: Five more alumni attendeeshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46111The countdown continues as we approach April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. With 100+ Oilers alumni expected to be in attendance for the post-game farewell ceremony, each day leading up to the game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. Glenn Anderson played 16 seasons in the NHL, 11 of which were played as an Oiler. The elite-level scorer won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton. During the playoffs alone, Anderson accumulated 93 goals, 121 assists, and 214 points, the fourth, ninth, and fourth most in NHL history, respectively. Anderson is also the all-time Oilers leader in regular season game-winning goals with 72. Craig Muni was signed by the Oilers as a free agent in the summer of 1986. He was known to be a dynamic defenceman, one who wasn’t afraid to show his physical edge on the ice or sacrifice his body to block a shot. For seven seasons, Muni took a regular shift on the Oilers blueline, winning three Stanley Cups with Edmonton. He recorded 24 goals and 87 assists for 111 points in 493 games, as well as 15 points in 83 career Oilers post-season games. After a series of seasonal hardships due to injuries, Stan Weir joined the Oilers for their last full season in the World Hockey Association, where his hockey career began to flourish. In year two, Edmonton and Weir moved to the NHL. The transition sparked his most productive professional season, recording 66 points in 79 games. He played 11 NHL seasons altogether, three of which were spent with the Oilers, posting an overall stat-line of 139 goals and 207 assists for 346 points in 642 games, as well as 11 points in 37 post-season games. Sean Brown joined the Oilers in a trade halfway through the 1995-96 season. He spent two years with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, and was recalled occasionally by the club. The defenceman earned a permanent spot in the lineup in 1998, his third season with the organization. Altogether, the hard-nosed blueliner played six seasons with the Oilers, recording 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 269 games. Marty Reasoner was traded to the Oilers, along with Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek, from the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2001, in exchange for Oilers captain Doug Weight and Michel Riesen. Coming off a strong season in 2002-03, where he recorded 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 70 games, the centreman unfortunately missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with a knee injury. Reasoner played a total of 15 NHL seasons, six of which were spent with Edmonton, recording 266 points in 798 career NHL games.Meg TilleyThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160324_Anderson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611146111BLOG: RNH balancing season of injurieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46112It’s been a tough second half of the season for Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The centreman was sidelined in January after a blocked shot injured his hand in a game against the Florida Panthers. Activated March 11, Nugent-Hopkins played six games before taking an unexpected hit in the head in a collision with Arizona Coyotes defenceman Connor Murphy on March 22. “We just were kind of both going for the puck there,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who was forced to leave the game that night and diagnosed with a concussion that once again removed him from the lineup. “[Murphy’s] a lot bigger of a guy than me so his shoulder just kind of — I haven’t even actually seen the replay — but from what I remember it got me right in the head. It wasn’t a dirty play or anything, it was just the way it worked out. Unfortunately I took the brunt of it.” Though a return is unknown before the end of the season, Nugent-Hopkins said he hopes to return before the end and was happy getting in a good practice with the team today. “I don’t know what the plan is exactly here but it was good to be back out there practicing with the guys,” he said. “Since I broke my hand I really haven’t had too many practices, it’s kind of go, go, go, so definitely nice to get a good one under my belt there.”Meg TilleyThu, 31 Mar 2016 16:58:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160315_OilersPractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611246112BLOG: Pardy hopeful on returnhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46110Oilers defenceman Adam Pardy has continued to skate with the team for practices since sustaining a hand injury in early March. “I think it was the [Philadelphia] game. But I don’t think it was too bad, I think it just progressively got worse,” said Pardy. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound blueliner continued to play until he was no longer able to, his last game coming at home against the San Jose Sharks on March 8. “It feels pretty good. Every day, every week it gets a little better,” he said, expressing his hopes to get some more playing time and return to the lineup on Saturday versus Calgary. Claimed via waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 29, the big-bodied blueliner was looking forward to a fresh start and was quick to make an impact with Edmonton before he was sidelined with his hand injury, playing six games and recording a pair of assists. “It’s tough, you get a lot of minutes and you get on a little run — after the year in Winnipeg — that was important that I would be able to play minutes consistently,” said Pardy, taking the situation in stride. “So to have it shut down pretty quickly was not that much fun. But you’ve got to deal with the things that come your way.”Meg TilleyThu, 31 Mar 2016 16:24:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160331_Pardy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4611046110BLOG: Gryba on the mendhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46109It’s been over a month since Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba sustained a knee injury in a home game against the Anaheim Ducks. “My foot got caught in the post and someone fell on me and that was it,” he said. Since sustaining the injury, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound blueliner has been on the mend, working on getting his strength back, with hopes to return to the lineup before the season wraps up. “I’m starting to feel better every day,” said Gryba. “It’s nice to get out and have some game-like situations. I’m not sure when I’m back. My goal is definitely to be back by the end of the season.” On Saturday the Oilers will play host to the Calgary Flames for one last Battle of Alberta bout. “If it’s feeling good enough and I’m confident then I’ll play Saturday,” said Gryba, who continued to say that although he’d like to play this weekend, what’s more important is ensuring his knee can withstand the return. “Just making sure that I’m healthy and strong enough and I’m going to be able to go out there and help the team.”Meg TilleyThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:51:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151213_gryba306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4610946109BLOG: Thursday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46095The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Injured defencemen Adam Pardy (hand) and Eric Gryba (knee) are skating with the group, as is centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion). Stay tuned for more updates.Chris WescottThu, 31 Mar 2016 13:13:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160315_OilersPractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4609546095BLOG: Another five alumni announcedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46088The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we’ll announce five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Dave Semenko won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers, but he also served the important and well-respected title of Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard. He spent just over seven seasons in Edmonton and provided his best post-season performance during the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship run. He had five goals and five assists in 19 games that 1984 post-season. He fought 70-plus times in his NHL career and played 575 NHL games, almost all for the orange and blue. Pat Hughes spent four full seasons and part of another with the Oilers from 1981-1985. He once set an NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals 25 seconds apart. His four years with the Oilers were the best of his career, as he surpassed the 20-goal mark three times. He helped the Oilers win two Stanley Cups during his stay in Edmonton. Hughes played 573 career NHL games and 71 more in the post-season. Jason Strudwick finished his NHL career, which spanned more than 670 games, in his hometown of Edmonton. He closed out his career with three seasons with the Oilers (2008-2010). Strudwick also played games for the Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks and Rangers, as well as had stints in Europe. The hard-working, versatile player has made a career after hockey as a radio analyst and now television host in Edmonton. Chris Joseph came to Edmonton from Pittsburgh as part of the Paul Coffey trade in 1987. The defenceman played parts of six seasons with Edmonton and their affiliate in Cape Breton. He was a big part in the team’s 1992 Conference Final appearance. Joseph enjoyed a long professional career, which began in the 1987-88 season and ended with a stint in the Italian league during the 2005-06 campaign. He played more than 500 career NHL games for the Oilers, Lightning, Penguins, Flyers, Canucks, Coyotes and Thrashers. Ian Herbers is currently an assistant coach with the Oilers. The former defenceman, a native of Jasper, AB, enjoyed a long and fruitful career with the University of Alberta. That playing career resulted in a chance to join the Oilers. He played mostly with their AHL affiliate in Cape Breton, but laced up for 22 NHL games with the parent club during the 1993-94 season. Herbers left the ice for the bench and became a coach in the AHL, first as an assistant in 2003-04. He wound up taking the head coach job at the U of A, leading his alma mater to two CIS national titles in three seasons at the helm.Chris WescottWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160330_semenko.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4608846088Video & audio from Wednesday at Rexall Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46103edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 30 Mar 2016 15:12:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4610346103BLOG: Another five alumni announcedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46074April 6 is right around the corner as the Oilers close in on closing out their stay at Rexall Place. The Oilers will host Vancouver for their final home game in the building, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game, we’ll announce five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. Al Hamilton played eight seasons for the Oilers back in the WHA days, beginning in 1972 with the Alberta Oilers. Hamilton was named to the WHA First All-Star Team in 1978. His career in the WHA spanned 455 regular season games, in which the defenceman racked up 311 points (53-258-311). He ranks among the top 40 in all-time WHA scoring leaders. Hamilton also played 31 NHL games for the Oilers in 1979-80, scoring 19 points. Before turning pro, Hamilton helped the Edmonton Oil Kings capture the 1966 Memorial Cup championship. His number (3) was retired by the Oilers franchise in 1980 and a banner was raised in his honour in 2001. Ron Low played just a few seasons for the Oilers, but the goalie made his mark on the team as a long-time coach in the system. Low played 67 NHL games for Edmonton. After leaving the ice and heading to the bench, Low joined the AHL Nova Scotia Oilers as head coach in 1987, then coached the Cape Breton Oilers the next season. He joined the NHL club as an assistant in 1989-90, and held that distinction until he was promoted during the 1994-95 season. Low replaced George Burnett as the Oilers coach and managed to lead the team to the playoffs in three of his five years at the helm. Louie DeBrusk joined the Oilers by way of New York as a piece of the Mark Messier trade in 1991. The enforcer spent six years with the Oilers and racked up 797 penalty minutes with the club. DeBrusk fought more than 100 times during his NHL career, which lasted 401 regular season games and 15 post-season appearances. Following his playing career, DeBrusk became a colour analyst for the Coyotes radio broadcasts. In 2008, he transitioned to television and joined the Sportsnet broadcasts of Oilers games. He now serves as a Sportsnet hockey analyst. Scott Ferguson, a Camrose, AB native, signed with the Oilers as an undrafted free agent in 1994. His path through the Oilers organization was unique. He was traded from the Oilers to Ottawa in 1998, but returned to Edmonton a few season later. After 20 games for the Oil in the 2000-01 season, Ferguson became a regular blueliner for the club. He played exclusively in the NHL for Edmonton from 2001-2004, accumulating 21 points in 218 total games. Tom Roulston played one game for the Edmonton Oil Kings during the 1975-76 season. He found his way back to the city during the 1980-81 season as a member of the Oilers. He played 11 NHL games that season and went on to play a 137 of his 195 career NHL games for the Oilers. His career high in points came with the Oilers (19-21-40) in 1982-83. Roulston finished his NHL career in Pittsburgh.Chris WescottTue, 29 Mar 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160329_hamilton.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4607446074BLOG: Hendricks earns Masterton honourshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46064The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) has named forward Matt Hendricks as the Edmonton Oilers nominee for the 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey". The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule. Hendricks, 34, is in his 8th NHL season and his 3rd season with the Oilers. He has registered 12 points (5G, 7A) and a plus three rating in 64 games this season and also leads the team in hits (161), as well as leads all Oilers forwards in blocked shots (68). The 6’0”, 207-pound forward was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 475 career NHL games, accumulating 93 points (45G, 48A) and 621 penalty minutes. He has also played in 34 playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation in conjunction with Cenovus, have teamed up with Matt and Kim Hendricks to create ‘Hendricks’ Heroes’, a program to recognize and honour men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Matt and Kim Hendricks host two members of the military at 13 games throughout the 2015-16 season, where the guests are provided with two tickets, a meet and greet with Matt along with two personally signed Oilers jerseys, as well as dinner hosted by Kim. The nomination marks the fourth time in Hendricks’ career and the second straight year where he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Blaine, Minnesota native was previously nominated by the Colorado Avalanche (2009-10), Washington Capitals (2010-11) and Edmonton Oilers (2014-15).Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 28 Mar 2016 18:50:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160327_Hendricks3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4606446064BLOG: Five more join Farewell festivitieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46053The countdown is on to April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five Oilers alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five. Dave Lumley was drafted in 1974 by the Canadiens and traded to the Oilers in 1979. He went on to play eight seasons with Edmonton recording 98 goals and adding 160 assists for 258 points in 437 games, as well as 14 points in 61 career Oilers post-season games. His show-stopping year came in the 1981-82 season when he went on a 12-game goal-scoring streak, just four shy of the NHL record, in which he scored 15 goals. “Lummer" captured two Stanley Cups with the Oilers. Blair “BJ” MacDonald played in five NHL seasons, two of which were spent with the Oilers. His best year came right after the WHA-NHL merger for the 1979-80 season, as he would finish the campaign with 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points, placing 10th in the league. MacDonald was also selected to represent the Oilers at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game, and served as team captain for 51 games during 1980-81. Greg Hawgood played in 474 NHL games, recording 60 goals and 164 assists for 224 points. During his time in the NHL, the Edmonton native played three seasons with his hometown Oilers, recording seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points in 55 games. Mike Krushelnyski joined the Oilers for the 1984-85 season and was part of three Stanley Cup titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. In an NHL career of 897 games, Krushelnyski posted 569 points (241G, 328A); his single best season was his first year with Edmonton, in which he scored 43 goals and 88 points, often playing as a winger on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. Darcy Hordichuk played in 542 NHL games, recording 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points. Hordichuk joined the Oilers late in his career for the 2011-12 season, and parts of the following campaign, recording one goal and two assists for three points in 43 games. He also accumulated 1,140 career penalty minutes, regarded as one of the toughest fighters in the NHL, despite being smaller (6-foot-1, 212 lbs.) than most of his heavyweight opponents.Meg TilleyMon, 28 Mar 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160328_Lumley.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4605346053BLOG: Alumni 16 through 20 announced for Farewellhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46033The final game in Rexall Place history on Wednesday, April 6 and post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. So far we’ve announced 20 alumni and each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five more who are scheduled to attend. Craig Simpson was acquired by the Oilers in 1987 as part of a six-man trade that involved Paul Coffey heading to Pittsburgh and saw his career blossom that same season. Simpson had 56 goals in 1987-88, including 43 goals in 59 games as an Oiler. He added 13 more in 19 games in the playoffs to help lift the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup. In 419 games as an Oiler, Simpson had 185 goals and 365 points but more importantly had 36 goals and 68 points in 67 post-season contests, helping the Oilers to Cup victories in 1988 and 1990. Ron Chipperfield was the first captain in Oilers history having played two seasons in the WHA and one in the NHL. In 202 games, Chipperfield had 83 goals and 191 points as an Oiler. His best performance was in the final WHA season when he had 32 goals and 69 points in 55 games and added nine goals and 19 points in 13 playoff games to help lead the Oilers to the Avco Cup Final. Fredrik Olausson is perhaps best known for his time with the Winnipeg Jets, battling against the Oilers in a handful of playoff series in the 1980s but he also suited up in Edmonton for three seasons from 1993-94 through 1995-96. In 108 games as an Oiler, Olausson had nine goals and 44 points. In his entire NHL career, he played 1022 games with 147 goals and 581 points. Igor Kravchuk quarterbacked the Oilers power play for parts of four seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96 netting 88 points and 27 goals in 160 games. Kravchuk played with six NHL teams throughout his 12-season career and had 64 goals and 274 points in 699 games. He added six goals and 21 points in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Georges Laraque was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 31st overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Laraque played 490 games in Edmonton with 43 goals, 111 points and 826 penalty minutes. Known for his jubilant goal celebrations and one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL, Laraque was a huge fan favourite during his eight seasons in Oil Country.Marc CiampaSun, 27 Mar 2016 17:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/642-laraque.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4603346033