EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2016 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 12:18:15 EDTBLOG: Davidson recovered and readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47424As Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers wraps up its final week of the year, there was one last visit from a current Oilers player on the schedule as d-man Brandon Davidson stopped by to work with the kids in Leduc today. It may seem like a long time since Oilers fans have seen a healthy Davidson hit the ice after a lower-body injury suffered during a game in March cut his 2015-16 campaign short but Davidson says a solid off-season of recovery and training has him feeling prepared and optimistic for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season. “I’m feeling 100%. It was definitely a longer road (to recovery) than I expected. But there’s no aches and pains, everything has healed up,” Davidson said of the leg injury. “My training has gone really well this summer. I’ve made improvements in a lot of areas I wasn’t able to work on before. It sucked ending the way I did last season, but at the same time, it’s a lot of motivation and gives me a lot of drive for this year.” Bouncing back from a season-ending injury isn’t the only thing motivating the 6-foot-2 blueliner, who has spent most of his off-season south of Edmonton in his hometown of Lethbridge. After quietly putting together a breakout campaign with the Oilers last season, one that saw him become a mainstay on the team’s back end, Davidson was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in February, something he sees as another shot to further solidify his future with the club. “I feel like this (extension) is just another test. I have two years to prove myself again. This where I want to be. I want to keep improving, making the right strides and impressing the right people so I can be here for a long time.” Davidson scored four goals and seven assists with a +7 rating in 51 games last season.Cait MacPhailWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160415_Davidson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4742447424BLOG: A change of sceneryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47425There’s been no shortage of change for the Oilers this off-season as they welcomed a couple key roster additions in defenceman Adam Larsson and forward Milan Lucic—additions they hope will make an immediate impact. “It’s great that we were able to acquire Larsson and get him in here. I think that’s going to help us out a lot on defence,” said Oilers d-man Brandon Davidson, during his break from some on-ice sessions at Oilers Hockey School in Leduc. “It’s just the adjustments (management has made) that seem to be fine-tuning our lineup and making sure we are ready to go and competing come game one.” In addition to some off-season player shuffling, the team is also looking forward to a change in scenery as they get set for their inaugural season at Rogers Place, an experience Davidson thinks will give the new-look roster a fresh space to start the next chapter on the right foot. “The buzz around the building is the biggest thing. I think when I finally get in there, it will take (my) breath away. I’m really excited. It’s a new atmosphere for us and a new beginning where we need to start off on the right track.” The Oilers officially launch the inaugural season at Rogers Place with their home opener against the Calgary Flames on October 12, 2016.Cait MacPhailWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:27:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160220_davy1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4742547425BLOG: Talbot eager to play in Heritage Classichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47388As fans celebrated the alumni rosters that were announced for both the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic press conference, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot said that he’s just as excited for the chance to play in the NHL scheduled game that will follow. “It’s special, I mean it’s a lot of fun. Obviously, you can tell how exciting this kind of event is, not only for the fans but for the players too,” he said. Prior to the trade that saw the Oilers acquire Talbot, then the New York Rangers backup goaltender, before the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-3 netminder participated in the NHL Stadium Series with the Rangers “I was lucky to be a part of two of them in New York but never got a chance to play in one so I’m really looking forward to that,” he said. The Heritage Classic will mark the Jets’ first appearance in an outdoor game and the Oilers’ first appearance since hosting the first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003 when they hosted the Montreal Canadiens. The rosters for the outdoor alumni game taking place on Saturday, October 22, were also revealed today. “That will be fun getting to watch too,” said Talbot. “I think a lot of people are going to be more interested in that game than our game, but it’s a lot of big names and it’s going to be fun to watch.”Meg TilleyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160805_Talbot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738847388BLOG: Excitement brewing for 2016 Heritage Classichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47387A big turnout at the press conference in Winnipeg gave a sample of the the fan excitement that is highly anticipating the upcoming 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in October. “The rivalry between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers represents a significant part of our team’s rich hockey history,” said Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports + Entertainment, in a press release. “Unveiling the NHL Heritage Classic jersey and announcing the alumni rosters for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic today is the first step in what will no doubt be an exciting journey for hockey fans of all ages.” Among the alumni roster announcements, the Oilers will feature Mark Messier, Dave Semenko, Craig MacTavish and Oilers alumni Captain Wayne Gretzky, while the Jets will welcome back the likes of Teemu Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Kris King and more. The jerseys unveiled have been specially designed, paying tribute to the history of both teams by revisiting their World Hockey Association (WHA) days. The two-day festival event will run from October 22-23, with the Heritage Classic alumni game taking place on October 22 and NHL game played on October 23.Meg TilleyFri, 05 Aug 2016 14:54:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160805_HC2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738747387BLOG: A season of changehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47386It’s been a busy summer for the Oilers as they prepare to enter a new season, establishing their roots in the new Rogers Place barn. On top of their new digs the team will also be welcoming a few new teammates, Milan Lucic and Adam Larsson, into the locker room. “I’m excited for those guys to get into town, meet ‘em, maybe help them settle in, show them around — probably as excited for them to come as they are to come here,” said Oilers forward Mark Letestu while taking a break from his on-ice sessions at the Oilers Hockey School in St. Albert. Lucic, a former Los Angeles Kings forward, was signed with the organization as a free agent on July 1 while Larsson, a former New Jersey Devils defenceman, was acquired in a trade for former Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “The changes [management] made — we’re trying to get better,” said Letestu. “We didn’t play well enough last year and when you don’t play well, changes are expected to be made. We lost a real good player in Taylor, a good locker room guy, a friend, it’s always tough to see people go but we want to win hockey games and we’ve made changes in order to do that more often.” The anticipation of a new season is right around the corner as the Oilers prepare to welcome their new teammates and Letestu feels the addition of new teammates is just the beginning. “I’m sure that they’ll help us, and hopefully we’ll get off on the right foot this year.”Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 19:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160802_Letestu2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738647386BLOG: Letestu joins Oilers Hockey Schoolhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47385Another week has come and gone for Oilers Hockey School (OHS). Today, OHS welcomed Oilers forward Mark Letestu, who joined in among the ranks of youth hockey players to have some fun, get in on the drills and really tear it up on the ice. Although it was his first time attending the hockey school, Letestu said it certainly measured up to the expectations he had coming into the day. “A lot of kids were excited to come out here and play hockey, and then for me to go on the ice and see the reaction you get, it’s what I expected because at one time I was [one of] those kids,” he said. “I was out there, stick-handling around and wanting to be around NHL players, so just to see their reaction kind of takes me back to what I would have been like and it’s fun to be out here and hopefully make their day.” OHS provides young hockey players with the opportunity to continue their skill development in a positive, fun-filled environment. Letestu said it’s easy to see understand why it’s so important to have Oilers players get involved. “I know what it meant to me and what it would mean to me to have an NHL player come and say hi or sign a jersey,” he said. “Maybe the kind of motivation it would give me, kind of the inner confidence just to have someone come talk to me like that. For me to possibly do that for one of these kids...something they can take from this little hockey camp that will make them really happy, that’s something I’d love to be a part of.”Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 19:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160804_letestu.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738547385BLOG: World Cup pre-tournament schedulehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47384For all of our hockey fiends that can’t wait to tune into the 2016-17 NHL season, the World Cup of Hockey will be the first event to deliver the beloved game before the start of the much anticipated hockey season. Before the September 17 tournament kick-off date, ESPN will be airing 12 pre-tournament games in seven days, starting Thursday, September 8. Date, Time (ET), Telecast, Location, Network Sep 8, 12 p.m., Sweden vs. Finland, Helsinki, Finland, ESPN3 Sep 8, 12:30 p.m., Czech Republic vs. Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia, ESPN3 Sep 8, 8 p.m., North America vs. Europe, Quebec City, Quebec, ESPN2 Sep 9, 7 p.m., Canada vs. USA, Columbus, OH, ESPNU Sep 10, 10:30 a.m., Russia vs. Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic, ESPN3 Sep 10, 12 p.m., Finland vs. Sweden, Gothenburg, Sweden, ESPN3 Sep 10, 7 p.m., USA vs. Canada, Ottawa, Canada, ESPN3 Sep 11, 6 p.m., Europe vs. North America, Montreal, Canada, ESPN3 Sep 13, 7 p.m., Finland vs. USA, Washington, DC, ESPN Sep 14, 3:30 p.m., Czech Republic vs. North America, Pittsburgh, PA, ESPN3 Sep 14, 7 p.m., Sweden vs. Europe, Washington, DC, ESPN3 Sep 14, 7:30 p.m., Russia vs. Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, ESPN2 Tune in to watch and cheer on Oilers players Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with Team North America and Leon Draisaitl and Andrej Sekera with Team Europe. The two-week World Cup of Hockey tournament begins Saturday, Sept. 17, with a week of group play followed by the semifinals and a best-of-three finals beginning September 27.Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 14:36:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160804_WorldCup.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738447384BLOG: Oilers sign Musilhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47350The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman David Musil to a one-year contract. Musil, 23, appeared in 67 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors last season, posting 14 points (3G, 11A) and 39 penalty minutes. The 6’4”, 203-pound blueliner has appeared in 193 career AHL games, accumulating 37 points (7G, 30A) and 128 penalty minutes. Musil has also played in four career NHL games with Edmonton, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. The Delta, British Columbia native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 31st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160627_musil.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4735047350BLOG: Oilers loan Yakimov to KHLhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47349The Oilers have loaned forward Bogdan Yakimov to Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik of the KHL. The 21-year old was taken 83rd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has played one NHL game in his career. He played 36 AHL games for the Bakersfield Condors last season, scoring five goals and adding 10 assists for 15 points.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 19:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/10/20141013_yak.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734947349BLOG: Oilers will have captain on opening nighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47348The Oilers went through the 2015-16 season without a player wearing the “C” on their chest. They instead elected to go with multiple alternate captains, including Andrew Ference, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt Hendricks was among a few other players to don the “A” at various points of the season. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan confirmed with the media on Wednesday at the Mark Spector Golf Classic that the club will have a captain on opening night, when the team hosts Calgary on October 12. “Will we have a captain? Yeah, we will,” said McLellan. When pressed on who it might be, McLellan simply repeated himself. “We will have a captain.”Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:11:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160315_motivations.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734847348BLOG: Oilers to take time with Larssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47347There is no doubt defenceman Adam Larsson will be expected to take on a big role with the Oilers this season. They wouldn’t have traded for him, giving up Taylor Hall, otherwise. The 23-year-old blueliner has 274 NHL games under his belt after being selected fourth overall in 2011. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says he expects Larsson to play 20-22 minutes a night “against the top level of competition.” Will he put up massive offensive numbers? McLellan doesn’t think so, but instead points to San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic as a good example. “Play very good minutes against the other teams’ top players and play consistently and continue to grow his game with our team as it grows,” McLellan said of Larsson’s expectations. While Larsson is eager to take the next step and work on his offensive game, McLellan has tapped the brakes a bit on that notion. While the club expects him to eventually become a power-play contributor, that may not happen right away. “We’ve got to take our time with him,” said McLellan. “I don’t want to be bold and tell the fans and even his teammates that he’s going to play in a situation or that situation. We’ve got to take some time with him and we’ve got to make him comfortable with what he does best, and that’s playing regular minutes and penalty killing and playing a good defensive game. Do I think the offence is there? Yeah, I do. I think in the future we can talk about working him into those roles, but right now we need to just make sure he gets comfortable here.” The head coach also said Larsson is sure to be under a “microscope” given the trade that brought him here, so the staff will make him comfortable before placing added pressure on the young defender.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:10:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160629_Larsson2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734747347BLOG: McLellan on team adding sizehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47346Zack Kassian, Patrick Maroon and now Milan Lucic. The Oilers are bigger and tougher to play against thanks to some of the moves Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has made over the last year. At least, that’s the plan. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan sees the moves Chiarelli has made as a promising start but needs to see the consistent play the additions are more than capable of before it translates to success. “When Peter entered the program and looked at the team, he wanted to get bigger, stronger, heavier, a little harder to play against later on in games, tougher to knock off pucks, stronger in the blue paint at both ends, and with (those) players I think we’ve accomplished that,” said McLellan. “They still have to go out and do it. It’s easy to look at their size and their strength and what they’ve done in the past but it’s still their responsibility to bring it each and every night and for us to get stronger in that area. The game is still played at a very fast pace, so these players need to be able to execute and get from point A to point B, and we believe they can with the size they bring.”Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:09:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160504_maroon1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734647346BLOG: Yakupov hard at workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47345If the Oilers could get a resurgence out of Nail Yakupov it could very well lead to more team success. The 22-year-old winger and 2012 first-overall pick is coming off a season in which he had 23 points (8-15-23) in 60 games. Yakupov has been hard at work this off-season, in an attempt to post a breakout season. Yakupov’s hard work is not lost on his head coach. “I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and to bring their game,” said Todd McLellan. “I know Yak has been working extremely hard. He’s done some things that he hasn’t done in the past throughout the summer — training in different areas. When he comes back, if that’s the case, I want him to have success his teammates will want him to have success and it’s a matter of finding that as quick as possible and we could use him.” Yakupov has 50 goals and 111 points in 252 career NHL games. His best production came in his rookie season, when he recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160304_OilersColumbus.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734547345Oil Country Championship - Monday Audio & Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47306Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:29:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160725_Larsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730647306BLOG: Oilers excited for new seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47308Sure, vacation is nice and getting away from the cold rinks and daily grind is fun for a while. But now is about the time NHL players start to get the itch to return to action. The Oilers are no exception to that, as several players took part in the Oil Country Championship Celebrity Pro-Am on Monday and were brimming with excitement for the new season. “In the summer, as soon as the Draft comes and free agency comes, right around that time you start getting excited about your team and start getting ready for camp,” said Jordan Eberle. “We’ve been off for a long time already. It’s hard to believe we still have two months until camp. I like what we’ve done. I think we’re going to be a bigger team this year, and we’re going to be hard to play against.” The Oilers have made several big moves, including shaking up their forward group by trading Taylor Hall to New Jersey and adding Milan Lucic in free agency, while picking up Jesse Puljujarvi in the Draft. With a few new faces, and some returning players who joined the team midway through the 2015-16 season, there is much excitement to see how everyone meshes together. “It’s exciting. We’re looking like a team,” said forward Zack Kassian. “We have a mixture of players and personalities and in order to win in this league you need that. You need different personalities, you need different types of players. The acquisitions we’ve made I think show that. We’re really looking to gel as a team, first and foremost. All the good teams seem to stick together and get along well off the ice, and I think we have the fit for that now. I think we’re looking forward to get going here. Everyone I’ve talked to is very excited and can’t wait to get going.” A new season with new faces in a brand-new arena has Edmonton buzzing, and the Oilers chomping at the bit to return. “I’m excited. I think our whole team is excited,” said Matt Hendricks. “We want to turn this thing around. There’s been some moves, some big moves. We take a lot of value in that, but let’s be honest – there’s a lot of hype around here with the new arena opening, and that’s exciting. We can see Connor (McDavid) in his second year, and that’s exciting. We’re going to continue to improve, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:27:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_Oesterle2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730847308BLOG: Lucic’s reputation precedes himhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47307“We all know what he brings.” Milan Lucic doesn’t even have to skate a single shift at an Oilers practice, and the players on the roster already know all about him. The veteran of nearly 700 NHL games was the team’s big free agency signing, and his reputation precedes him. “I’ve never played on his team, but I’ve played a lot against him,” said Oilers winger Matt Hendricks. “I’ve played in playoff series against him when I was in Washington and he’s a beast. We need more of that. I’m excited that he’s coming, because he has that top-line mentality. He can play those big minutes, the top power play, first line, he has a lot of success there and he brings another element to our team that I think is very important.” Hendricks spoke with media members at the Oil Country Championship Celebrity Pro-Am on Monday. He, along with other Oilers representatives voiced their opinions on the off-season moves. Lucic was a popular topic, even with one of the newest members of the team. Defenceman Adam Larsson, whom the team traded for a month ago, is used to playing against the opponents’ top lines. Therefore, he knows how tough of an opponent Lucic is and what kind of presence he can bring when he’s on your side. “Obviously, he’s one of the toughest forwards in this league,” said Larsson. “It’s good to have him on your own side. That’s going to be fun.” Lucic has 159 goals and 397 points in 647 regular season games. He also has 64 points (26-38-64) in 101 playoff games.Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 14:44:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-looch4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730747307BLOG: A summer of hard workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47304Although Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is looking forward to getting out on the green for the Celebrity Pro-Am that will help kick-off the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON, he’s also been using the summer to keep his strength and conditioning in check. “In the gym, with the kids coming in, everyone’s so fast now, you just want to continue to get faster and stronger,” Ebele said to Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “I think that’s always a big thing.” Regardless of ensuring that — as a veteran player — he’s able to keep up with the young players that cycle into the NHL each year, Eberle said he’s taken it a step further to work harder on certain aspects of his personal development. “I actually hired a shooting coach out of Vancouver, so I’ve been working with him the last little bit and trying to improve my shot, one-timer release,” he explained. In doing so, Eberle said he feels it will help him become a more dynamic player for the Oilers inaugural season at Rogers Place. “I’m just trying to find ways to improve my goal scoring abilities. It’s one thing I’ve definitely added to my game this summer.”Meg TilleyFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:12:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160312_Eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730447304BLOG: Eberle ready for Oil Country Championshiphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47303The Celebrity Pro-Am that will kick off the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON is just three days away and Oilers forward Jordan Eberle said he’s looking forward to the event. “It’ll be a good event,” Eberle told Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “I know there’s a lot of alumni coming back, there’s a lot of current players coming. We’ve been away from each other, as far as teammates, for the last three, four months, so it’ll be nice to rekindle a little bit and play some golf and do it for a good cause.” The inaugural event will also see Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and newly acquired Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson among the celebrity lineup that will see them tee off alongside Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada pros. “It’s funny, we [as a team] don’t really get to play with each other as much as we probably want,” said Eberle. “Maybe one or two rounds during the season if we have a couple of days off. But I know Nuge is a good player… I think, generally, if you’re a hockey player, you usually have a decent swing. You hit the ball pretty far it’s just a matter of if it goes straight or not.” The Celebrity Pro-Am will be played at Edmonton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club on Monday, July 25.Meg TilleyFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160722_Eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730347303BLOG: Brossoit on NHL goalie equipment changeshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47271Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit hit the rink to participate in some Oilers Hockey School on-ice sessions with youth hockey players in St. Albert on Wednesday. As the netminder helps to coach young, up-and-coming players on cultivating new skills, he’s equally aware of the ‘newness’ that awaits him, and goalies across the league, this year. For the 2016-17 season, goaltenders will be required to wear equipment better suited to their body size. “I’ve yet to see any of the gear, I’m nervous to see it,” said Brossoit. “I don’t know how much they’ve taken up, I’m pretty sure it’s just the chest protection and the pants.” Reductions will be made to the pants and upper body of the equipment, thus cutting down on unnecessary “fat” which didn’t serve to protect goaltenders, only help some gain an unfair advantage. The call to action for the equipment change came from a number of the league’s top goaltenders with an end-goal that would see goaltending position be more about skill and less about the puck ricocheting off enormous equipment. “I mean we’ll see what it looks like and I’m sure, like we always do, the goalies will adapt and be just as good.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 19:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4727147271BLOG: Brossoit on finishing season with Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47270It was a big year for Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit. The 23-year-old netminder, who appeared in 31 games with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate Bakersfield Condors, posting an 18-9-3 record, a 2.66 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and three shutouts, signed a two-year contract extension with Edmonton in February. Though a few months have come and gone since the Oilers said their farewells and played their last game at Rexall Place on April 6, Brossoit said he relishes the opportunity the club gave him in the 2015-16 season. “It was awesome,” he said. “Even though, you know, the numbers and a couple of my performances didn’t go the way I planned, [it was a] huge learning curve for me and it really opened my eyes to what I need to work on and the things I need to get better at. I was very, very happy and fortunate that I got that opportunity.” Brossoit, who played in five games with the Oilers during the remainder of the season, posted a 0-4-0 record, a 3.61 goals against average and a .873 save percentage. Though the 6-foot-3, 200-pound goaltender admits he was disappointed in how some of his game-play panned out, he also felt encouraged, having gained more knowledge on the league, recognizing where there is room for improvement and what is to be of expected of him at Oilers camp in the coming months. “So far, [improving] the mental side, just staying calm and prepped for situations — not that I don’t have that ability — just to have that ability at the bigger stage,” said Brossoit. “[Including] cardio and just upping every aspect of my game.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:23:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4727047270BLOG: Brossoit joins Oilers Hockey Schoolhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47269Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert was a-buzz on Wednesday as youth hockey players took to the Mark Messier and Troy Murray arenas for their afternoon on-ice sessions at the Oilers Hockey School. A special guest was also in attendance this week as Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit took some time away from family and friends to join in on the activities with the eager, young players. “My summer’s been excellent, it’s been long, so I’ve had a lot of time to catch up with family and friends and get a little relaxing in along with the training,” said Brossoit. In town for the eighth annual hockey school, Brossoit found some time from his busy schedule to join-in on the 4-week program to spend some time and work with the kids. The 6-foot-3 netminder said he was more than ready to get his skates on and was looking forward to getting involved in the on-ice sessions. “I’ve had the itch (to play) for a while now,” said Brossoit. “This is the longest summer I’ve had since my professional career and…the eagerness is there and it’s been there for a bit.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:46:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4726947269Rookie Camp Day 5 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47146edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 06 Jul 2016 16:44:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_Jay.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714647146BLOG: Schwartz sees potential in goalie prospectshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47151Of the 36 prospects attending Oilers Orientation Camp this week, five are goaltenders. Goaltending Coach, Dustin Schwartz, and Goaltending Consultant Sylvain Rodrigue have worked with each netminder, breaking down their strengths and weaknesses so each prospect can see the areas that need work and where there is room to improve. “You kind of take each one as their own individual,” said Schwartz. “Ultimately, whether they’re a part of our organization or not, they’re here. In this moment, you’re working to help them all be better. If they can leave the camp and have a few things improved in their game I think that it benefits everyone.” Two of the five goaltenders joined the organization this year. Nick Ellis, 22, was a college free agent and signed a two-year entry level contract in early April. He recorded a 25-7-4 record, a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts playing for Providence College. “He’s a wonderful kid, he’s got a great compete level,” said Schwartz. “He never quits on a play. He’s got a few things that he’s aware of and that we talked about even prior to him coming here that he wanted to improve on and we were on the same page right away, so it was good to have that dialogue before he came to camp.” Meanwhile, Dylan Wells, 18, was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 123rd overall, at this years NHL Draft. The goaltender played 27 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes this season, recording a 9-13-3 record, a 4.59 goals against average and .871 save percentage. “He’s a big kid, he’s pretty athletic for his size, he moves well,” said Schwartz. “There are things in his game that he needs to work on, but he’s still young so I think there’s lots of time to develop some of those skills. We kept it to one thing at a time with him this week, making sure that he understood and continued to build the reps in so he can make it become more of a habit. I think he’s going to put the work in this summer. He’s very diligent, a good athlete off the ice as well so there’s some upside there that I think is definitely a real bright future for him.” Overall, Schwartz said it was important that he and Rodrigue looked beyond evaluating each netminder and really break down what each goalie could work on to improve their style of play. “We’ve talked a lot about details in their game and development and for the importance of moving and take the next step in their career for some of them that’s going to be taking on a start job this year, for others its going from college to play pro hockey,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and all of them have been receptive.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 16:40:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Schwartz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4715147151BLOG: Chiarelli sees benefits in Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47150Oilers General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, said he has been pleased with how the events of Orientation Camp have unfolded. “I think this is a good developmental tool, it does a couple of things that I see are significant,” he said. “It does bring all the prospects under the same umbrella for a good period of time where we can instil in them some principles and some skills and some kind of overriding philosophies we have as an organization.” Chiarelli said he looks forward to watching tonights fourth annual Billy Moores Cup, which will split the prospects up into two teams to face off against each other. “It’s not used as an evaluation tool but it will be nice to see a scrimmage,” he said. Just as much as the camp is for the players, Chiarelli sees a great deal of opportunity during the week-long event. “It brings all our coaches together…and they’re able to refresh and talk about a plan going forward,” said Chiarelli. “And it’s bit of a wrap up organizationally, everyone’s together under the same roof where we can talk about what we see on the ice…and how we’re going to plan going forward. It’s a great facility and a great area, it’s my first time, the people are really friendly and all the facilities are great and I think it’s been a pretty productive few days.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:38:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Chiarelli.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4715047150BLOG: Ellis happy with his decisionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47147Oilers goaltending prospect Nick Ellis’s season may have come to an abrupt end on March 25 when his team, Providence College, fell in a 2-1 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast Regional semi-final, but with the end of one hockey season, a new chapter is set to begin. On April 7, Ellis signed a two-year entry level contract with the Oilers. Though he admits it was a difficult decision to part ways with his college team, he’s excited for the new opportunity. “I’m really comfortable with my decision,” said Ellis. “Especially, coming to this camp, I really feel comfortable around the coaching staff. It was a really tough decision, but I know I made the right one.” The netminder admits that a lot of what helped him make his decision came to rest on Oilers Goaltending Coach, Dustin Schwartz. “He made me feel really comfortable coming here, and he knew my game and what I needed to change and I really agreed on that,” said Ellis. Ellis, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, appeared in 36 games this season with Providence, posting a 25-7-4 record, a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts. “It was just so much fun, we had a great team both on and off the ice. It was really fun to play a lot of games and just go out there and have fun.” He was a two-time Hockey East goaltender of the month winner after his performances during the months of December and February.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:37:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Ellis.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714747147BLOG: Preparing for Billy Moores Cuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47143Tonight is the night as all 36 prospects, who have been split into two teams all week, — Team Gretzky and Team Messier — gear up to play one another at tonight's fourth annual Billy Moores Cup. Stay tuned for news, videos and more throughout the day.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 11:41:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714347143Rookie Camp Day 4 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47101edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710147101BLOG: McLellan on Puljujarvihttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47127As Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan continues to watch the 36 prospects perform on ice and participate in a week-long session of team bonding, one question hangs in the balance, will the Oilers 2016 NHL draft fourth-overall pick, Jesse Puljujarvi, crack the lineup for the start of this season? “That’s a difficult question for me to answer at this point because he hasn’t been on the ice,” said McLellan. Puljujarvi went under the knife following the U18 World Championship for a minor knee surgery and has been working on regaining his strength. Though he may not be participating in the on-ice drills, he has been soaking in the week-long experience, bonding with a number of the prospects. “Obviously, we’ve done our homework video-wise and through the scouting staff and the words that I keep hearing are [that he’s a] complete player,” said McLellan. “He plays a full 200-foot game and has an energy and a passion level that is real strong and high and a skill-set to go with it. We feel that he has the opportunity to compete for a spot this season. We need to get him healthy here and get him up and running. But once that happens the rest will be up to him and his teammates to make sure that he feels comfortable and I hope that he can challenge for a spot and make our team out of camp, but that’s yet to be seen.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:42:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712747127BLOG: McLellan on changes to Oilers rosterhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47126Hectic was the word Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan used to describe the last few weeks that saw big changes to the team roster. “I think when you fail to reach your goal, and we did that last year, then changes have to be made and there’s a number of different avenues that happens,” he said. The 2016 NHL Draft saw the Oilers come away with nine new prospects, one of them being their fourth overall pick, Jesse Puljujarvi. Less than a week later, Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced they had acquired right-shooting defenceman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, in exchange for Taylor Hall. Finally, on the commencement of the NHL’s Free Agency Day, the Oilers hooked highly coveted free agent Milan Lucic and have signed three more free agents since then. “We were lucky enough to get Milan and his family to join ours in Edmonton,” said McLellan. “ “We wouldn’t have gone through what we did to acquire him. I know that his thoughts are identical to ours, so that’s a good marriage right off the bat. I probably don’t have to explain to the fans very much about what his assets are: his size, his strength, his skill-set, his ability to score goals while providing that physicality and toughness. He’s also been in some really good winning environments. We think those are the intangibles that he can bring. Leadership and accountability to the locker room.” “Losing Taylor in the trade, we knew we had to replace some of that ruggedness and that care-free play, if you will, and Milan does that as well, so, really happy about getting him.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:15:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712647126BLOG: McLellan pleased with Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47124The 36 prospects may be working hard to one day fill a spot on the Oilers future roster, but for Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, he feels it’s equally important that the coaches give these players exposure to what their teaching philosophy is like. “It’s an opportunity for us to be involved and create some relationships with our future prospects and it also gives us a chance to sell our identity to these young players, because some of them are going to be Oilers for a long time,” said the bench boss. “There’s no better time than now to get them learning and understanding what our language is and what our habits are, how we want to play the game and more specifically, the skill-set that’s needed to play the game within our system.” As players work with the hopes of making long-standing impressions on the 10-man on-ice coaching staff, McLellan chose to sit just within reach of the rink, watching and providing feedback when necessary. “I’m not evaluating, I’m not sitting here saying that this guy has a chance to play or that guy does, that will happen at training camp,” said McLellan. “We have to remember that it’s very early in July and we encourage these players to step outside their comfort zone, think outside the box a little bit. We want to see them make mistakes and try things, so the biggest thing that we have to do is come in with an open mind and not an evaluation mind.” As day four’s on-ice sessions wrap up from the morning, McLellan said he’s pleased with what he’s seen both from the players and the staff. “The coaching staff has done a really good job preparing meetings and drills and video sessions, really breaking down individual skills and the players in turn have been extremely receptive. “To this point, we’re really happy with it and we’re hoping that it finishes on a positive note so these guys can take what they learn here and apply it to their games in the winter.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:24:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712447124BLOG: Day four means defencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47102The Oilers prospects are back at it for day four of Orientation Camp. All 12 defenceman have taken to the ice first to run drills for their morning session. Stay tuned for news, video and more throughout the day.Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 10:57:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_Defence.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710247102Rookie Camp Day 3 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47096edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 04 Jul 2016 20:28:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_OC2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709647096BLOG: Jones excited for this year’s camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47100Day three of Oilers Orientation Camp is underway and experienced camp-goer Caleb Jones says he really feels a heightened comfort level with the staff and players at this years camp. “Last year, coming in as a first year guy, there were guys like [Darnell] Nurse and [Leon] Draisaitl and Connor [McDavid], that’s three pretty good players right there in development camp, you don’t see that too often,” said the Oilers defensive prospect. “I think this year for me, I have a lot more confidence and I kind of want to be one of the best players out there for sure. I kind of also want to be a leader for the younger guys that are coming in and try to help them out, [those] that just got drafted.” Coming off a big season playing with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, Jones put up big numbers, recording 10 goals and 45 assists for 55 points in 72 games, as well as two points in four post-season games. When the Winterhawks were knocked out of their post-season run in the first round, Jones had a chance to join the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, for the remainder of their season. “It was great for me,” he said. “I thought I played pretty well up there, coming in. I was one of the younger players on the team, obviously, so I had to learn a lot from the veteran players but the game was definitely a lot faster, a lot bigger, stronger players, but I got adjusted pretty well I felt like, it was good.” With his overall 2015-16 playing experience, Jones said he found the transition into his second camp to be quite seamless with both the players and staff. “I’m really comfortable, especially when I went off to Bakersfield within the last year, I had a chance to be with Gerry [Fleming] and his staff for a couple weeks, which was great,” he said. “I’ve obviously seen Todd now a couple times at camp and rookie camp last year, so I’m pretty comfortable with it and I just want to soak up everything they say because they’re the coaches of the NHL team so eventually, hopefully you’re playing for them one day.”Meg TilleyMon, 04 Jul 2016 14:43:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_Jones.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710047100BLOG: Day three commenceshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47098Oilers Orientation Camp is off to another high-intensity start as half the group of 36 prospects take to the ice while the others embark on some strength and conditioning in Jasper. Stay tuned for news, videos and more throughout the day on edmontonoilers.com.Meg TilleyMon, 04 Jul 2016 11:34:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709847098Rookie Camp Day 2 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47088edmontonoilers.com staffSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:57:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Oilers.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708847088BLOG: First on-ice sessionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47095With fitness testing out of the way, it was time to get down to business on day two of Oilers Orientation Camp in Jasper. Divided into two teams of 18, the prospects hit the rink for their first on-ice session of the week. “It was really fast-paced and we got right at it right away,” said Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear. “I Haven’t had a skate like that in a while. So it really felt good to get a feel of what the guys are like, it was really good.” What may sound like a bit of wake up call for the prospects was actually something that Oilers Senior Director of Player Development, Rick Carriere, said he liked to see. “I think it’s important that in the drill, they’re executing with intensity and with purpose, we’re not looking for a lot of tempo and flow in the practice. The practices can be slowed down, it’s all about teaching and development. But when they’re actually in the drill we like to see more of a game pace, and they’ve been able to carry that quite well right now.”Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 19:51:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_prospects2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709547095Oilers sign Beckhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47094The Edmonton Oilers have signed winger Taylor Beck to a one-year contract. Beck, 25, appeared in 50 American Hockey League games last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and San Antonio Rampage, accumulating 34 points (17G, 17A), 32 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 203-pound forward also appeared in two games with the New York Islanders in 2015-16, posting two penalty minutes. The St. Catharines, Ontario native has played in 87 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators and New York Islanders, registering 23 points (11G, 12A) and 28 penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseSun, 03 Jul 2016 18:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_beck.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709447094BLOG: Puljujarvi takes in camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47091As Oilers prospect Jesse Puljujarvi continues to nurse his knee injury through stages of light rehabilitation, he’s taking in the sights and sounds around him at Orientation Camp in Jasper. “It’s fun,” he said, reflecting on his first few days in Jasper and his new teammates for the week. “[They’re] good guys.” Puljujarvi, who was selected fourth overall by the Oilers at this years NHL Draft, went under the knife following the U18 World Championship for a minor knee surgery. The Finnish forward said his knee is feeling much better and that he hopes to return to the ice in a month. In the meantime, he’s focused on watching training and keeping fit. Last season, Puljujarvi played for Karpat in Finland's Liiga, the top men's league, recording 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 games in 50 games.Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 14:15:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Puljujarvi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709147091BLOG: Prospects on icehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47089Day two of Oilers Orientation Camp has commenced as the prospects have hit the ice for a morning of hard work in Jasper. Stay tuned for news, videos and more on Edmontonoilers.com.Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 12:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Niemo.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708947089Rookie Camp Day 1 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47104edmontonoilers.com staffSat, 02 Jul 2016 17:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-caggilua.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710447104BLOG: Bear signs ELChttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47085As 36 Oilers prospects prepare to descend on Jasper for a week of orientation, Oilers prospect Ethan Bear is celebrating a little more than his second camp, having just signed his entry-level contract with the organization today. “It feels amazing,” said Bear. “You know I work very hard during the season and in the off season and it feels really rewarding to sign with Edmonton is a real big honour.” Coming off a strong season recording 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, the blueliner said he worked hard and felt he improved in many areas of his game. “Transitions, tight turn, lateral movement, especially defending in my own zone, boxing out players in front, and especially getting my shots through — I think those things really paid off for me.” As an experienced orientation camp-goer, Bear has an idea of what to expect this year and is ready for the upcoming week. “I guess the experience from last year, knowing what I’m coming up against and knowing how much work you have to put into it and to learn, how much you’ve got to pay attention and put in detail. I know I’m expected to do that and it’s going to be another fun camp.”Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 16:29:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708547085BLOG: Oilers sign Bearhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47103The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Ethan Bear to a three-year entry level contract. Bear, 19, appeared in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Seattle Thunderbirds last season, posting 65 points (19G, 46A), 33 penalty minutes and a plus 14 rating. He led all Seattle defencemen in scoring and also posted a team high 12 power play goals. The 5’11”, 197-pound blueliner has appeared in 197 career WHL games, accumulating 122 points (38G, 84A), 74 penalty minutes and a plus 16 rating.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseSat, 02 Jul 2016 14:45:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160512_Bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710347103BLOG: Caggiula ready for professional careerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47084After a successful — and final — season with the 2016 national champion University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey team, Drake Caggiula is ready for the first chapter of his professional hockey career. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “Obviously, you want to be a professional hockey player since you’re a young kid, that’s what you dream about and the National Hockey League’s the biggest goal. Now that school’s all done, I just have to worry about focussing on hockey and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that. Hockey is what I love, it’s my passion.’ One of 36 prospects attending this years Orientation Camp, Caggiula is preparing himself physically and mentally for what can only be perceived as a change of pace in the world of hockey. “[Professional hockey], I think it’s a little different than college hockey,” he said. “It’s a much bigger, faster, stronger, smarter [game], and I know there’s going to be an adjustment period. But at the same time I think I’m a quick learner and hope I can learn as quick as possible and really get accustomed to the pro game and hopefully it turns out well for myself.” Caggiula, who signed with the Oilers as a college free-agent on May 8, wrapped up his senior season with the Hawks recording 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points in 39 games and helped lead the team to a national championship title. Now, with school behind him camp becoming his sole focus this week, the 22-year-old is ready for what lies ahead. “You want to show them that you’re prepared and that you’re working out throughout the summer and making sure that — you know it’s still July — but you want to make sure and let everyone know you’ve been putting in the work and getting ready for the summer and getting ready for camp and early fall. “I think it’s a good time to get your feet wet and kind of show off what you have. It’s still an orientation camp, you’re not going to make the team or get cut from the team at this camp, but at the same time, it’s kind of good to get your foot in the door and show what you’re capable of.”Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 14:09:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-caggilua.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708447084BLOG: Benson ready to prove his worthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47083There’s no doubt about it, it was a frustrating junior year for Oilers prospect Tyler Benson. The 6-foot, 201-pound forward of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants started the year off recovering from an injury and faced a string of adversities throughout the remainder of the season. “I had surgery at the very beginning of the year before the season even started,” said Benson. “Then, throughout the year, I just had some nagging injuries I had to take care of and [that I’m] still dealing with a little bit now, trying to get healthy. But it eventually paid off when the Edmonton native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 32nd overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft. Now, Benson isn’t shying away at the opportunity that lies in front of him at this year's orientation camp. “It’s surreal,” he said. “Growing up, watching this team play, cheering for them, and now to be a part of the organization, it’s pretty special. “They have confidence in me and I want to be able to show them well. I think they made a good decision taking me so I want to be able to prove that.” Last season, Benson recorded nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 30 games.Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 13:03:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160702_Benson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708347083BLOG: Orientation camp kicks-offhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47082Prospects have filed into Rexall Place for day one of the 2016 Oilers Orientation Camp, starting their day with medicals and fitness testing. Stay locked-in to edmontonoilers.com for stories and videos throughout the day.Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 12:23:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/07/644scrumcamp4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708247082Video and audio from Free Agency Dayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47060Marc CiampaFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:22:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-lucic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4706047060BLOG: Chiarelli feels team is improvedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47081The Oilers aren’t done looking for ways to improve their roster, but they did conclude their free agency spending on day one feeling much better about the state of the team. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli patched a big hole on defence by adding defenceman Adam Larsson via trade before free agency opened. On Friday, the Oilers added a top-line winger in Milan Lucic to help fill the void left by Taylor Hall’s exit in the Larsson trade. Chiarelli also added backup goalie competition by signing Jonas Gustavsson, and some physical blueline depth for the farm with Mark Fraser. “We’ve improved our team significantly,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve added what I assess as a top defenceman. He’s going to be a two at some point, Larsson. We’ve added Milan Lucic, who is going to help lead this team. He’s going to play a physical style of hockey, he’s going to score, he’s got a really nice set of hands. We lost a really good player, Taylor, and who was a real significant part of this team but I feel we improved by the style of player we’ve brought in and the approach to the game.” As for adding another defenceman or making another move, that may come down the road. “I’m really happy with what we’ve done the last few days,” said Chiarelli. “I’m gonna let the dust settle a little bit before we go out looking again. But really happy with what we’ve done. There’s been some change and some attitude change based on what we’ve done and, at this point and time, I’m quite satisfied.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-chia-roof.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708147081BLOG: Lucic and the Chiarelli connectionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47080Milan Lucic was one of Peter Chiarelli’s first draft picks as general manager of the Boston Bruins in 2006. Now the two are reunited in Edmonton, after Lucic signed a seven-year deal with the club on the opening day of free agency. That relationship played a part in reeling in the big fish of free agency. “It helps. It helps a lot,” said Lucic. “Obviously, I got to spend eight years with him in Boston and he’s always been great to me and he’s always put the right pieces in place at the right time. It definitely is a vote of confidence when you know the GM is going to do the right thing to benefit the team. I think that’s the main thing, is making the team better and not always individuals better. Because it’s a team sport, the best team usually wins. He’s going to do whatever he can to make sure he has the best team.” Chiarelli used the shopping period to reconnect with an old friend and rekindle that Boston bond. “That made his visit a lot more comfortable and it was also fun just to reconnect,” said Chiarelli. “Once I left Boston, I didn’t really have the chance to see or talk to anybody. I always enjoyed my time talking to him in Boston and I like to hear his thoughts on the game and on players. He knows all the players in the league and how they play and stats. Very insightful guy.” It just so happened the prior relationship also made it easier for the free agent to sign in Edmonton. “There’s a lot of familiarity there with me and Milan,” said Chiarelli. “You can tell he’s a very sincere individual and he’s a terrific, impactful player. He’s going to change a lot of things here just by the way he plays and the way he leads. I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve seen him grow as a person, and I’m so excited to have him here.” Chiarelli showed Lucic and his wife the new arena, they walked the downtown area and spoke about the city. But in the end, Lucic was sold on Chiarelli and the young talent on the roster, making it an easy choice despite being offered more money and longer term by other teams. “It doesn’t surprise me one bit,” said Chiarelli. “He’s not in it for the money, and I know you hear that with every free agent signing. It doesn’t surprise me. You’ll learn that Milan is like that. It doesn’t surprise me.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:18:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-looch2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708047080BLOG: Chiarelli welcomes Lucichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47078Atop a parkade in downtown Edmonton, with Rogers Place nestled in the backdrop, Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media, formally welcoming the Oilers newest acquisition, Milan Lucic, to the organization “Everything about this guy is terrific and he’s a good person,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve seen him lead on a number of occasions with the [Boston] Bruins, I’ve seen him carry a team [and] he respects good players. [It’s] a really great day for us and really happy to have him on our team.” A signing that was highly anticipated the week leading up to the NHL's Free Agency day, it was finally made official when ink met paper. With that signing came a new start on a new team for the left-winger, as well as a reunion between he and Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of familiarity there with me and Milan,” said Chiarelli, referring to his days back when he was General Manager of the Bruins from 2006-15, having joined the organization a year before Lucic was drafted by Boston. “You can tell he’s a very sincere individual and he’s a terrific, impactful player. He’s going to change a lot of things here just by the way he plays, the way he leads. I’ve known him for a long time, I’ve seen him grow as a person and [am] so excited to have him here.” The 6-foot-3, 220-pound left-winger has played 647 NHL games, recording 159 goals and 238 assists for 397 points. Chiarelli says it’s a big signing for the Oilers and that there's a lot to be celebrated. With the acquisition of the 28-year-old, a player with a knack for creating an intimidating demeanor on the ice, Chiarelli said that Lucic’s dedication to the game off the ice is just as impactful. “He’s a very thoughtful guy and he’s a student of the game also. You’ll learn that. He studies teams, how they play, I love the way he plays… He’s in terrific shape.” Last season, Lucic posted 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-LUCIC-chia.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707847078BLOG: Oilers sign Mark Fraserhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47073The Oilers have signed 29-year-old defenceman Mark Fraser to a one year contract. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound blueliner has played 219 regular season NHL games since he was drafted in the third round, 84th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. This will be Fraser’s second stint with the Oilers organization since he was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013-14 season. In 23 games he recorded one goal and one assist, amassing 43 penalty minutes that year.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:17:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_Fraser2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707347073BLOG: Gustavsson recognizes Talbot’s growthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47055They may not be familiar with each other – yet – however, Jonas Gustavsson knows of new teammate Cam Talbot’s path to the Oilers. Edmonton signed Gustavsson to a one-year contract to compete with Laurent Brossoit for the club’s top backup spot behind Talbot. Gustavsson knew of Talbot when he played for the New York Rangers behind Henrik Lundqvist. When the Rangers starter went down with a vascular injury, Talbot went 16-4-3 with a .929 save percentage. That kind of promise made him a trade target for Edmonton, who acquired him at the 2015 NHL Draft. Talbot went on to have a more than solid second half of the season for the Oilers last year, and is the entrenched number one now. Gustavsson recognizes Talbot’s rise and is excited to join the Oilers goalie room. “Everyone saw what he did behind Lundqvist there,” said Gustavsson. “He proved he deserved to play more minutes than he did there, especially when Lundqvist was injured. I remember he played a lot of big games for the Rangers. He got the chance to come to Edmonton. To be honest, I didn’t see the games he played but from what I did see and what I heard he had a really good first year there. “So he’s obviously a great goalie I can learn from and hopefully I can share some of my experience as well. I’ve been fortunate to have a chance to work with some good goalies in the past like last season with Tuukka Rask, a couple good goalies in Detroit and in Toronto. I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to play with a lot of good goalies. The more goalies you get a chance to play and work with, the more experience you get and this is another opportunity to learn and hopefully share some stuff too.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:06:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705547055BLOG: Gustavsson knows role, ready to supporthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47054The Oilers signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract on day one of the free agent frenzy, Friday. The netminder has played 172 games in the NHL during his career, with stops in Toronto, Detroit and Boston. He had a .908 save percentage and 11-9-1 record last season with the Bruins. Gustavsson is expected to compete with Laurent Brossoit for the backup spot on the Oilers, and he’s well aware of where he can make an impact. “So far I’ve been having a great summer off the ice,” said Gustavsson. “I feel like I’ve been in better shape than I have been in the past. Things are going the right way so hopefully I can translate that into something positive on the ice as well. For me, I know I’m supposed to be a guy when the goalie needs a break or I’m needed, I’m just going to go out there and try and win as many games as possible. That’s what it’s all about. In the games you play, you want to be a factor in the team taking that next step and winning as many games as possible. That’s just what I want to be. I want to be one of those guys you can always count on.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:05:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705447054BLOG: Free Agency Updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47052Stay logged into edmontonoilers.com for updates throughout Free Agency Day as soon as any signing or trade is 100% official, including Peter Chiarelli's live press conference later this afternoon. UPDATE: Oilers have signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract.edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:35:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705247052BLOG: Oilers sign Lucichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47051The Edmonton Oilers have signed winger Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract on the opening day of the free agent signing period. Lucic, a native of Vancouver, BC, has played 647 career regular season games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. The 28-year-old has 159 career goals and 238 assists for 397 points, and 851 penalty minutes. In 101 NHL playoff games, Lucic has 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points. He won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship in 2011 with the Bruins. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli was the GM of Boston at the time.Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_Lucic1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705147051BLOG: Oilers sign Jonas Gustavssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47070The Oilers have signed 31-year-old goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract. Gustavsson, who started his professional career with AIK in the HockeyAllsvenskan league, has played 172 regular season NHL games since signing a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. In September 2015, the netminder was invited to training camp by the Boston Bruins on a professional tryout before he was signed to a one year contract. He went on to play 24 games for the Bruins, garnering a .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average, posting an 11-9-1 record. He has a 71-64-22 record in his NHL career with a .902 save percentage.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/bruins/images/upload/2016/04/DL_040916_PuempelGustavsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707047070BLOG: Ray Shero comments on tradehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47067The Oilers shook up their roster Wednesday by sending Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenceman Adam Larsson. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media following the trade to give his perspective. Chiarelli called it a “need-based” trade, bringing in a potential top-pairing, right-shot defenceman, which is something the Oilers were very focused on acquiring this off-season. On Thursday, Devils GM Ray Shero spoke with Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now to give his thoughts on the trade. He feels it’s a trade that both teams greatly benefit from, while the Oilers have a bigger margin of error due to their depth up front. “It’s quite obvious (Chiarelli) was looking for a defenceman and it’s quite obvious how hard it is to get a defenceman, let alone under term,” said Shero. “With getting Adam Larsson, Adam is 6-3, 220 pounds and he is a heavy player. He’s young, he’s an incredible pro. Outside of Connor McDavid, I’m not trading him for anyone else. That’s difficult to get. “Peter has been doing this for a lot of time and he’s smart. I can’t speak for him, but he’s trying to build a team. In the salary cap system, it’s not about if you trade two for one the best team won the deal by getting the best player. It doesn’t happen anymore. It’s about a team, it’s a team game, a salary cap and you have to have the assets. With Peter, he’s got more margin for error in this deal than I do because of all the guys they’ve got coming up front and now drafting a pretty good Finn fourth overall.” By moving Larsson, the Devils are now without the player who played the second-most average minutes on the roster and one who paired with Andy Greene to match up against the toughest competition. “I don’t have the margin for error on defence by trading Adam Larsson. I don’t have that depth yet. Then, for Taylor Hall, I’ve got to take that chance in terms of where we need to go and become a successful team. But again, now I’m faced with a hole on defence that I didn’t have a couple days ago. At the end, a little pain for both teams probably but that’s why it should pay off for both.” Although Shero traded him in the end, he’s still a fan. “I’m really a huge fan of Adam Larsson,” he said. “I had him one year and this kid is not going to disappoint you. Expectation wise, I wouldn’t compare him to Taylor Hall. It’s completely different. But you’re building the team you want to build from the back end, the big, heavy player who is a true pro, who plays against the top players, who kills penalties and he can bring some offence. We never put him in that role because he was always a shut-down guy with Andy Greene here. I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”Chris WescottThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:30:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160630_shero2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4706747067BLOG: Korpikoski placed on waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47065The Oilers have placed Lauri Korpikoski on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract buyout.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:10:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160629_Korpikoski.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4706547065BLOG: Oilers trade Taylor Hall for Adam Larssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47063The Oilers have acquired 23-year-old defenceman Adam Larsson, in exchange for Taylor Hall. ”I’m pretty shocked right now, but the overall feeling is I’m kind of excited to come to Edmonton," Larsson said, speaking on Oilers Now following the announcement. Larsson has played 274 regular season NHL games since being taken fourth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 69 points (9-60-69) in those games. He’s played five in the post-season, scoring one goal. In 2015-16, Larsson played 82 games for the New Jersey Devils. He scored three goals and added 15 assists for 18 total points. He had 77 penalty minutes and was +15, which was tied for the team lead. Larsson was 45th overall in the league in time on ice per game at 22:30, which was good for second on the Devils this past season. Larsson is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, and is a native of Skelleftea, Sweden.Chris WescottWed, 29 Jun 2016 16:30:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160629_Larsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4706347063BLOG: Oilers issue qualifying offer to Musilhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47034The Oilers have issued a qualifying offer to one of their restricted free agents; defenceman David Musil. Musil, 23, was taken 31st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has played four NHL games in his career, all during the 2014-15 season. In 2015-16, Musil played 67 games for the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League. He recorded 14 points (3-11-14) and 39 penalty minutes. The Edmonton Oilers did not issue a qualifying offers to defenceman Adam Clendening, forwards Luke Gazdic and Kale Kessy, and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom. Earlier Monday, Edmonton signed forward Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year contract.Chris WescottMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160627_musil.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4703447034BLOG: Pat Quinn elected to Hall of Famehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47033The late Oilers head coach Pat Quinn has been posthumously elected into the Builder Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The voting took place on Monday at the annual meeting of the selection committee in Toronto. Quinn is joined by former players Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon as the Class of 2016. Quinn played nine seasons in the NHL, recording 131 points (18-113-131) in 606 regular season games. He then joined the Philadelphia organization as an assistant in 1977. From then on, Quinn spent almost four decades in either a coaching or management position in the NHL or with Hockey Canada. Quinn coached the Oilers during the 2009-10 season, before joining the organization in an advisory role. In 1,400 regular season games as a head coach, Quinn had 684 wins to his name. He also had a 94-89 record in the playoffs. He coached Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002, and gold at the 2004 World Cup. He also won a World Junior Championship with Canada in 2009. Quinn passed away November 23, 2014.Chris WescottMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:25:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160627_quinn.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4703347033BLOG: Oilers sign Pakarinenhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47029The Edmonton Oilers have signed winger Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year contract. Pakarinen, 24, registered 13 points (5G, 8A) and eight penalty minutes in 63 games with the Oilers last season. The 6'1", 215-pound forward also appeared in four games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors last season, posting three points (1G, 2A) and four penalty minutes. The Loviisa, Finland native has accumulated 16 points (6G, 10A) and 10 penalty minutes in 80 career NHL games.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160627_pakarinen.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4702947029BLOG: Graham McPhee no stranger to draft dayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47024Growing up the son of an NHL general manager means you’re around the sport a lot. It also means you’re probably no stranger to the Draft. Such is the case with Edmonton’s fifth-round pick, Graham McPhee. The son of former Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says he “grew up in the Capitals locker room.” Alex Ovechkin lived with the McPhee family during his rookie season. Being around that kind of atmosphere was helpful for Graham, who hopes to further his hockey career in the NHL some day. “You learn a lot of little things the pros do like unwritten rules and stuff like that,” McPhee said. “All the guys there were extremely kind to me and always welcomed me, which really made me feel good.” When McPhee was a young kid he was one of the draft runners for Washington. And now, McPhee was one of the prospects in the stands waiting on his name to be called. “That was cool being part of past drafts and now, being a player drafted. It’s pretty cool,” he said. Watching prospects get drafted when he was a kid provided a little reward to work toward. “That’s something that always kind of motivated me. Guys that Washington drafted, how happy they were there with their families.” And now, McPhee has experienced it himself and he says it lived up to his expectations. “It’s awesome. It’s an incredible day. It’s something I dreamed of as a kid, to get drafted in the NHL. Now it’s finally becoming a reality and I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the Edmonton Oilers organization.”Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 17:50:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160625_graham.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4702447024BLOG: Chiarelli has productive day of talkshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47022Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has said all along the team is not on a time crunch to get a deal for a defenceman done by the draft. So when the first round came and went and no deal was stuck, that was OK. Saturday, the remaining rounds went by and the Oilers, although they drafted defencemen, were still without a freshly acquired NHL piece. Once again, that’s alright for Chiarelli and the Oilers because the team’s hockey ops boss still laid some groundwork. “I had some discussions, so I furthered those along,” said Chiarelli. “I thought it was actually a pretty productive day. It didn’t result in a deal, but I thought I had some good talks today.” Despite no deal being made yet, Chiarelli is pleased with the work done in Buffalo. “I had positive discussions this week and if I didn’t have any discussions I’d be a little disappointed. But I had positive discussions and we’ll see where it goes.” When it comes to adding a top-end, right-shot defenceman, it takes time. That’s what Chiarelli says is and has been the plan. Over time, and with more dialogue, high asking prices can come down. Chiarelli continues to say he wants to make a deal because it’s the right one, not for the sake of just making a deal. “I’ve just got to grind away,” he said. “For example, a couple of the discussions I had today the positions had softened. What usually happens is whenever there’s a deadline or a milestone there’s a loosening up. The next one is July 1. We’re in the shopping period, there’s some movement there."Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 16:14:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160623_chia2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4702247022BLOG: Oilers take big Finnish d-man, Niemelainenhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47018With the 63rd-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Edmonton took big, Finnish defenceman Markus Niemelainen. “Very proud and excited to be a part of the Oilers organization, and looking forward to see what is coming next,” he said. At 6-foot-6, Niemelainen towerd over much of the competition in the Ontario Hockey League this season. In 65 games for the Saginaw Spirit, Niemelainen recorded 27 points (1-26-27). Niemelainen describes himself as a two-way defenceman, who is more defensively inclined than offensively. However, the Oilers do see a little offensive upside in his game. A tough year for his Saginaw squad perhaps limited production. “It was a tough year in Saginaw,” said Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green said. “He lost his defensive coach early and then they fired the head coach later. It was a tough year for those kids on that team. He’s big, he can skate, he can move the puck. He likes to play the game with a little bit of offensive flare. I don’t think his numbers this year are indicative of his talent level. There’s more there than just a 6-foot-6 shutdown guy.” Toward the end of the pre-draft process it seemed as if Niemelainen’s name was being associated with a second or even first-round pick. So the Oilers were surprised to see him there at 63. “We were,” said Green. There’s potential Niemelainen returns to his home country next year, but it isn’t confirmed. The Oilers just want him to go somewhere to grow his game. “We want him to go somewhere where he’s going to play and develop,” said Green. “We’ll have that discussion with him. He’s got options for sure. We try to let the player determine that. If they need help, we can help but they have plans where they want to go. It’s tough to alter that for them. They have to feel comfortable with it.”Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 14:22:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160625_niemelainen3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4701847018BLOG: Oilers select Bensonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47015The Oilers have selected Vancouver Giants winger Tyler Benson with the 32nd-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Benson, an Edmonton native, played just 30 games this season for Vancouver. He scored nine goals and added 19 assists for 28 points as the captain of the Giants. Benson battled through injuries, but has an impressive past resume. He averaged almost five points per game in his final season of Bantam AAA. He recorded 146 points (57-89-146) in just 33 games. His numbers set the Major Bantam Hockey League record for points in a season. He won the league’s MVP in 2012-13. Benson’s brother, Cole, played for the Edmonton Oil Kings.Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 10:13:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160617_benson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4701547015BLOG: Defence deals not deadhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47012It’s a common thought that big deals happen at the Draft. You get all of the general managers in one room together and expect the trades to start flowing. While that can be true, the Oilers desire to add an NHL defenceman was not dampened by a lack of action on day one. It would only be a problem for Edmonton if the only deals they’ve looked at involved the fourth-overall pick, which they used to select Jesse Puljujarvi. But, as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli described, the fourth pick was only involved in one serious offer. It was an offer that got close, but never came to be. “I’ve said it’s been difficult to get a defenceman,” said Chiarelli. “We put four in a couple of scenarios that we moved along. At the end, one became very real. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes those things just don’t happen.” Despite that deal not happening, there are more conversations to be had. “It will be a good discussion day tomorrow where if something moves along where it’s to the point we have to execute a deal we’ll do it,” said Chiarelli. “Today there was really only one deal involving the pick. So it doesn’t really change it that much. What happens is you build momentum on these deals and think let’s get it done on draft day, the first day. But it’s not essential it gets done on draft day if it doesn’t involve the pick which is essentially what happened.”Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 00:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/642-chiarelli3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4701247012BLOG: Oilers think Puljujarvi can step in this yearhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47011When the Oilers dropped to the fourth-overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, their GM Peter Chiarelli said he felt that meant not getting an NHL-ready prospect. But, as it would turn out, Columbus chose Pierre-Luc Dubois third, allowing Edmonton to take Jesse Puljujarvi a pick later. Puljujarvi was one of the prospects, along with Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, some predict will make the jump to the NHL this season. The Oilers own staff believes that too. He's a big-bodied player who played well in Finland's top league, playing against men. Although there's still work to be done by Puljujarvi to get there, the Oilers feel he could contribute right away “That’s what I’ve been told by our staff, and throughout the season — even before we picked him — that these three players we thought had the best opportunity of playing in the National Hockey League next year. A lot of things have to happen before that occurs. He’s got to adjust to his environment in Edmonton, the language barrier is a bit of a thing, he’s going to have to learn some things there and he’s going to have to come to camp and we’re going to have to determine the type of camp he has, how he fits our team and what the best development path is for him. If he’s ready to play, we think he can contribute and we’re doing the right thing organizationally for him and us then he’ll play. But I think we’re talking about something we can’t pin down at this moment. We’ve got to wait and see what happens and we’ve got to take a look at what our team looks like at that point as well.”Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 00:15:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/642-pj4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4701147011BLOG: Oilers were prepared for all scenarioshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47010Many expected Jesse Puljujarvi to go third overall in the first round of the Draft, but when Pierre-Luc Dubois’ name was called, that meant he slid to the Oilers at four. It didn’t completely shock Edmonton, who had obviously done extensive legwork to determine a course of action for a variety of scenarios. “It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out who may be available at four,” said Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “But what we started doing was, at one point, we started to look to move down. While that was happening, we got the sense that maybe Puljujarvi would drop. We kind of backed off. You kind of know what other teams’ needs might be, and while there’s some speculating and it happened that he was available. We’re fortunate. He’s a big, strong kid, a smart player who can shoot the puck. Happy to get him.” The Oilers selected the 6-foot-4, 204-pound winger from Finland. They were prepared for a number of things to happen Friday night, it just turns out they got a prospect who many believed would have been gone. “The staff led by Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the group did a tremendous job because they anticipated a number of different scenarios and we played them out,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “One of them was one of those top two or three guys falling to us at number four. Of course, it happened and we were prepared to react and make the pick immediately. It’s interesting how much strategy and stress maybe goes into figuring out what you’re going to do. Are you going to move down? Are you going to trade the pick? And as it turned out, we got a player we coveted and we’re excited about joining our organization. We think he has chance to be a long-time Oiler.”Chris WescottSat, 25 Jun 2016 00:14:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160430_chiarelli1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4701047010BLOG: Oilers select Puljujarvihttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47005The Oilers selected Finnish right winger Jesse Puljujarvi fourth overall in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Puljujarvi is 6-foot-3, 203 pounds and ranked third on NHL Central Scouting’s list of European skaters. Puljujarvi played 50 games for Karpat in Finland, scoring 13 goals and adding 15 assists for 28 points. In the playoffs, Puljujarvi tallied four goals and five assists in 10 games. “I’m really happy now. It’s a nice city and a great team. I’m ready to play next year for the Edmonton Oilers,” said Puljujarvi shortly after being drafted. “It’s a good thing to get on a team that has a lot of young players and who are only going to get better and start winning at some point too,” he added, through a translator. Puljujarvi was asked about the potential of playing with last year's first-round pick Connor McDavid. “Connor is a very good player and I hope I play next year with him.” He was also asked about playing in the Finnish League, where he had 13 goals and 28 points in 50 games plus nine more in 10 playoff games. “(I) learned a lot about what it’s like to be a professional hockey player and play with men and have to fight for a spot on the roster.”Chris Wescott & Marc CiampaFri, 24 Jun 2016 19:43:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/642-pulju.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4700547005Video and audio from the NHL Draft Thursdayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46958Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:58:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/642-chychrun-avail.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4695846958BLOG: McAvoy gives credit to older teammateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46956Charlie McAvoy finished his freshman campaign at Boston University with 25 points (3-22-25) in 37 games. That was good for second in defensive scoring. It was a good transition for the player, who is expected to go in the first round Friday night at the Draft in Buffalo. McAvoy credits his older teammates for helping him jump right in and contribute. “I think it was our upper class,” said McAvoy. “Our upper class and our seniors. You come in as a freshman and you’re not really sure where you fit. Guys like Matt Grzelcyk, Daniel O’Regan, Matt Lane, Mike Moran, Sean Maguire were guys who right away made you feel like part of the family and I can never thank those guys enough for that,” said McAvoy. “That’s really what led to the year we had, was making everyone feel so close.” McAvoy finished sixth on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters.Chris WescottThu, 23 Jun 2016 18:26:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160623_mcavoy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4695646956BLOG: Tkachuk eager to knowhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46954Matthew Tkachuk is a presumptive top-five pick in Friday night’s first round. But the London Knights forward, obviously, doesn’t 100 percent know which team he’ll go to. “It’s exciting,” Tkachuk said. “It’s also exciting just to know where you’re going to play. This whole process, especially since the season has been over, has been pretty crazy. But I’m excited. It’s almost down to the wire.” Tkachuk won’t be completely in the dark on whichever team takes him. The hockey player is also very hockey knowledgable. “I’m a hockey guy, so I pay attention to all of that,” he said. “I guess I’m kind of involved in researching that stuff. But just from watching hockey, you just know. I know what they have, I know what they need, I know what I can bring. It’s just the fact of if it’s going to be a good fit or not.” Tkachuk is certainly in the mix for the Oilers if they select fourth overall. He met with them at the Combine, and also went to visit the city. “I went to Edmonton. I got to sit down with them for a little bit longer than the (Combine) interview.”Chris WescottThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:44:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160524_MT.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4695446954BLOG: Juolevi on Puljujarvihttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46955They may have played half a world away from each other, but two Finnish prospects are no strangers. London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi watched his countryman put up a more than solid year for Karpat in Finland. Puljujarvi had 28 points (13-15-28) in 50 games this season. He had four goals and five assists in 10 playoff games. The big right winger has turned plenty of heads among scouts and fans alike, but he also made an impression on Juolevi, who had a big season of his own in North America. “Probably just how much he loves to play hockey," said Juolevi. "You always see him smiling even on the ice. Just a big smile. His skills, the skating, the big body. He’s just a great hockey player.” Juolevi had a 42-point season on London’s back end this year. He is expected to be among the first defencemen off the board in Friday’s first round. Puljujarvi is a presumptive lock in the top five, and almost the consensus third-overall pick.Chris WescottThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:44:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160523_Juolevi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4695546955BLOG: McDavid relishes Awards experiencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46950Connor McDavid won’t be bringing any hardware home from Las Vegas, but the Oilers rookie will still have fond memories of his first NHL Awards experience. McDavid was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top rookie, but Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin ultimately claimed the honour. Panarin took the prize with 1258 total vote points, including 88 first-place selections. Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere received 955 points and 35 first-place votes, while McDavid landed just behind him in third with 858 points and 25 first-place nods. “It doesn’t matter, I’m just happy to be in Vegas,” McDavid said of not winning the award. “It was a good rookie class, so it’s good for (Panarin)… It was just cool to be here and experience this.” The centreman was, however, named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, alongside Panarin, Gostisbehere, Jack Eichel, Colton Parayko and John Gibson. The focus now shifts to next season for McDavid, who is looking forward to being one of the first players to grace the ice at brand new Rogers Place. “I’m excited about being in the new building, it’s going to be beautiful,” he said. “Edmonton fans deserve it, and hopefully we’ll put together a good year for them. They’ve been waiting a long time.”Ryan FranksonWed, 22 Jun 2016 21:50:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160321_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4695046950McDavid named to All-Rookie Teamhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46949The National Hockey League announced today the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks as well as defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers. Also named to the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues and goaltender John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, ranked fourth among rookies with 16-32—48 despite appearing in only 45 games due to injury. His average of 1.07 points per game led all rookies and placed third in the entire League. McDavid recorded multiple points in 12 of his 45 outings, highlighted by a five-point game Feb. 11 vs. TOR (2-3—5). At 19 years, 29 days, he became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to register a five-point performance (as well as the third rookie in Oilers history to achieve the feat). The Richmond Hill, Ont., native is Edmonton’s first All-Rookie Team selection since Justin Schultz in 2012-13.NHL Press ReleaseWed, 22 Jun 2016 21:47:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4694946949BLOG: Lowe sees success for Las Vegas squadhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46947Oilers Vice Chair Kevin Lowe was asked about the new Las Vegas team, announced by the NHL on Wednesday and his projection of their future success. “I think it’s going to be a home run. Kudos to the National Hockey League for getting there first,” stated Lowe. “They’ve got a beautiful building. I toured it back in February — it’s spectacular. Though not quite as nice as ours,” Lowe chuckled. “They’re going to have all the new bells and whistles, which is night.” Lowe was also asked about the expansion rules surrounding the new team, which include clubs having the option to either protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (any combination of defencemen and forwards) and one goaltender. “They’re coming in under the best conditions ever in terms of expansion,” Lowe continued. “They’re probably going to have a strong team right out of the gate. They’ll have a strong fan base. So that’s a recipe for success.” All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection and will not be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits.Marc CiampaWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:07:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160318_Lowe.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4694746947BLOG: New Vegas team to play in Oilers divisionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46946The new Las Vegas expansion team was announced on Wednesday to join the NHL in the 2017-18 season. How does this affect the Oilers? The new team will play in the Pacific Division -- the same division as Edmonton. This puts eight teams in the Pacific Division while seven teams remain in the Central Division. The Oilers will now play six of their division foes four times a season (two home, two away) and one team within their division five times (three home, two away or vice versa). Among Central Division teams, they'll play each team three times (either two home, one away or vice versa). Outside of the Conference, they will continue to play each team twice (one home and one away).Marc CiampaWed, 22 Jun 2016 16:31:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2016/06/Vegas.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4694646946BLOG: Plenty of praise for McDavidhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46918The NHL’s top players and coaches have converged on Las Vegas for the 2016 NHL Awards, which will be doled out on Wednesday. On Tuesday, many of the award finalists spoke to the media and expressed plenty of praise for Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, including his Calder Trophy competition. “He’s an excellent player, very skilled, very smart and very fast on the ice,” said Chicago Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin, one of the few freshmen to outscore McDavid, putting up 77 points in 80 games compared to Connor’s 48 in 45. The other finalist is Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Shane Gostisbehere, who said it’s an honour to be up for the Calder with McDavid, considering the tremendous potential of the young centreman. “He’s going to be the face of the NHL for a while now,” said Gostisbehere, who scored 46 points in 64 games. “He’s a great player and it’s fun to watch him.” Los Angeles Kings d-man and Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty said he was impressed with McDavid’s ability to make such an impact as a teenager. “He’s just so good,” Doughty said. “He’s a threat every time he has the puck… He’s going to be one of the best players in the league, without a doubt.” McDavid will arrive in Vegas on Tuesday night and hit the red carpet on Wednesday afternoon prior to the Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.Ryan FranksonTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:16:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160401_McDavid.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4691846918Oilers sign Oesterle to one-year dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46912The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Jordan Oesterle to a one-year contract. Oesterle, 23, registered 25 points (4G, 21A) and 10 penalty minutes in 44 games last season with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. In 2015-16, the 6'0", 182-pound blueliner, appeared in 17 games with the Oilers recording five assists. The Dearborn Heights, Michigan native has accumulated 51 points (13G, 38A) and 20 penalty minutes in 113 career AHL games.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:00:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_Oesterle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4691246912Oilers sign Pitlick to one-year dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46893The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed winger Tyler Pitlick to a one-year contract. Pitlick, 24, appeared in 37 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors last season, posting 21 points (7G, 14A) and four penalty minutes. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has accumulated 85 points (25G, 57A) and 60 penalty minutes in 196 career AHL games. The 6’0”, 202-pound winger has appeared in 27 career NHL games, accumulating three goals and four penalty minutes. Pitlick was selected by the Oilers in the 2nd round, 31st overall in the 2010 NHL Draft.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/20150408_pitlick1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4689346893BLOG: Oilers draft picks sethttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46888The 2016 NHL Draft order has been announced by the League. Edmonton currently holds nine picks in the upcoming draft. The Oilers have the fourth-overall selection in the first round. They choose 32nd overall in the second round. In the third, the Oilers hold their own pick (63rd overall) as well as two via trades. Edmonton has Florida’s 84th-overall selection and the 91st pick from Pittsburgh. They received Florida’s third-round pick in exchange for Teddy Purcell at the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. The Penguins sent the Oilers their third-round selection in exchange for Justin Schultz. Edmonton has no selection in the fourth round, after trading it to Anaheim with Martin Gernat in exchange for forward Patrick Maroon. The Oilers have the 123rd and 139th-overall (from St. Louis) picks in the fifth round. The Blues’ fifth-round pick came to Edmonton in exchange for goaltender Anders Nilsson. The Oilers close out their draft with the 153rd (sixth round) and 183rd (seventh round) picks. The draft takes place June 24-25 in Buffalo, NY. FIRST ROUND 4th Overall SECOND ROUND 32nd Overall THIRD ROUND 63rd Overall 84th Overall (From FLA) 91st Overall (From PIT) FOURTH ROUND No Selections FIFTH ROUND 123rd Overall 149th Overall (From STL) SIXTH ROUND 153rd Overall SEVENTH ROUND 183rd OverallChris WescottWed, 15 Jun 2016 17:07:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4688846888Video and audio from Friday at the Combinehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46791edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 03 Jun 2016 20:54:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/06/644combine2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4679146791BLOG: Laine still striving to be firsthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46812Many draft prognosticators have Auston Matthews going first overall to Toronto at the end of this month. Don’t remind Patrik Laine, who is hoping to convince the Leafs he is worthy of that spot. “Sure, of course,” said Laine. “There’s lots of time until to the draft to show the Leafs that I’m worth the first overall. I will do everything I can to make that happen.” Laine concedes that there isn’t much left he can do to swing their decision at this point in the off-season, but he’s still hoping the tape will speak for itself. “I can’t do that much anymore, it’s just interviews and a couple of tests,” he said. “I think I showed my skills this season. I think I’ve done my work on the ice and they can now decide.” Laine won the Jari Kurri Trophy as playoff MVP with Tappara in the Finnish Elite League. He had 17 goals and 33 points in 46 games this season.Chris WescottFri, 03 Jun 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160414_laine.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4681246812BLOG: Green assesses top forwards and Dhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46790There are a number of players that the Oilers could potentially draft in the fourth spot. Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green talked about a few of them. Among the defencemen who will be available, Green was asked about Olli Juolevi, Mikhail Sergachev and Jakob Chycrun. “Those three guys, they’re all good. They’re all a little bit different one way or the other. Physically, they’re good-sized kids. Juolevi is going to get bigger and stronger. Sergachev and Chycrun are big, strong kids already but they all move the puck really well. Sergachev may have a little bit more offence in him but Juolevi put up good numbers, as did Chycrun. They’re three really good defencemen.” Up front, Jesse Puljujarvi and Matthew Tkachuk are two potential options who may be available at number four. Green talked about both. “They’re high-end skilled guys. The biggest difference is probably size. Puljujarvi is a big kid and is strong. That’s a big part of his game, puck protection and everything else. Matthew (Tkachuk) is a really smart, clever player with the puck. He sees the ice very well and thinks ahead of the play an does a good job complementing Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak this year. We watched him play last year with Auston Matthews and he did the same thing with him.”Marc CiampaFri, 03 Jun 2016 14:01:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160525_Juolevi2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4679046790BLOG: Bob Green on the quality of 2016's drafthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46789Oilers director of player personnel Bob Green was asked to give his thoughts on the talent level of the 2016 NHL Draft while at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. “We’ve liked the draft right from the very beginning," Green enthused. "Obviously, the top end is very good. Everybody’s going to get a good player in the first round. There’s depth to it. You know that some of the kids later on are going to turn into players, you’ve just got to figure out which one it is.” Green specifically talked about the four spot, which is being universally regarded as one of the very top spots in the second tier of prospects with Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and perhaps Jesse Puljujarvi in the top tier. “There’s some good forwards there (and) there’s some good defencemen there. They’re just good players. You want to take the best one at that point in the draft, for sure. We like the guys there. There’s a mix of positions: centre, left wing, D. There’s a nice combination of players and we like all of them.” Whether the player the Oilers select is ready to step into the NHL right away next season won't be a determining factor based on who the team selects, but Green talked about what precisely is the factor which does decide whether a player can play right away. “There’s things in their game that probably means they’re going to have to go back and play another year of junior or college. It usually boils down to their size and strength. A lot of them are good enough to play in the NHL, it’s a matter of whether or not they’re big enough and strong enough to compete with men yet.”Marc CiampaFri, 03 Jun 2016 13:56:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160524_MT.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4678946789BLOG: Oilers at Combine to learn morehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=46788The Edmonton Oilers have been in Buffalo, New York all week for the NHL Scouting Combine. They've been interviewing prospects -- 85 of them to be exact -- in anticipation of the NHL Draft later this month. Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green, who helps head up the scouting department, was asked about some of the benefits of this event. “Just putting a face to the name of the player that you’ve been watching all year,” Green began. “We don’t get a chance to meet these kids during the course of the season. We’ve had our area scouts out and they’ve interviewed these kids during the year but it gives us a chance to meet these guys and talk to them.” After a week's worth of interviews with all 30 NHL teams, the prospects will undergo a grueling physical test on Saturday (we'll have full coverage here on edmontonoilers.com). Green was asked about the importance of the interviewing and the physical aspect. “It’s all important. We want to watch them work out as well. We have people here doing that. And just get a sense of what kind of shape they’re in. What type of body they have. Their ability to put on weight and muscle and just to get a sense of how big they can be.” Following draft week, the scouting staff will get together leading up to the June 24 draft and reassess their rankings. “We’ll continue to stay in touch. We’ll take a look at this past week and we’ll talk about these guys and see what we like, what we didn’t like and see how it’s going to affect where we have them ranked.” Green did add that what goes on at the Combine will be a factor but not necessarily the determining factor on which player the team takes. “You’ve gotta be careful. You can’t put too much stock into this. It’s just another part of the bigger picture of watching them.”Marc CiampaFri, 03 Jun 2016 13:46:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151027_Bear3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4678846788BLOG: 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=4654046540