EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2014 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usSat, 23 Aug 2014 13:15:03 EDTBLOG: Marincin working hard ahead of training camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31157Martin Marincin, 22, got a taste of NHL action last season, playing in 44 games for the Oilers. Now heading into training camp he knows what the coaches expect from him. Even having already played on the team, Marincin feels like he still has to continue to work even harder to make the roster this year. He is no different from any other defenceman. “I am like every player now,” Marincin said. “I was playing in the NHL last year but that’s nothing for me though because I need to work hard every day. There are lots of new guys and new defencemen so I need to be working hard and we’ll see after camp.” Getting bigger and stronger was an emphasis for Marincin this summer. He says he has gained five pounds during the off-season. His one goal now is to make the Oilers team out of camp and then take the season from there. “Right now it is to make the NHL. First make the team and then we’ll see.”Chris WescottFri, 22 Aug 2014 18:08:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/20140309Marincin_DL.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3115731157BLOG: Marincin’s big seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31156Martin Marincin couldn't have scripted last season much better from a personal standpoint. The 22-year-old defenceman got just about all the experience he could ask for, playing in 44 NHL games, the Olympics and the IIHF World Championships (both representing Slovakia). Marincin was even praised at times for being the Oilers “most solid defenceman” by his head coach and his growth on the ice did not go unnoticed. As Marincin continues to develop, he can look back on last season and be grateful for the experience he gained. “That was a big season for me,” he said. “I played everywhere so that was great for me. I learned a lot of things so it was good for my hockey life. Now I need to keep working hard and keep going to be the best.” While playing internationally at the Olympics and World Championships, Marincin learned even more. He watched the established veterans around him to try and learn things in addition to what the NHL had already taught him. “I was just looking around me at these guys and what they are doing. I was trying to learn on the ice and in the locker room and everything.”Chris WescottFri, 22 Aug 2014 18:05:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/644marincin2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3115631156BLOG: Lander’s confidence growing each seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31155After being selected 40th overall in 2009, Anton Lander has played 94 NHL games. He has also spent time in the American Hockey League, posting his best offensive numbers to date last season (18-34-52 in 46 games). Lander cites physical growth along with more confidence as to why last season he saw more success in the AHL. “I think I’ve been getting stronger and a little bit quicker on my skates and of course, the confidence,” he said. “You get used to the leagues and that was a huge thing for me, to get used to the different leagues and different teams. I think when you’re coming back from another year and you’re more used to the players, coaching and the organization that it helps you with everything. I don’t know if I can point to one thing as to why things have been going better but that’s my feeling right now.” Lander’s next step is to translate that success from last year to the NHL level. He says his play in 27 games with the team last year left him feeling like he has more to offer. The path to prove himself starts in training camp. “I got a lot of big opportunity from (Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins) but I wanted to play a lot better than I did. That’s something that’s been bugging me during the summer and something I want to prove when camp starts.”Chris WescottFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:59:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/CaptainLander_2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3115531155BLOG: Lander’s goals come down to winning gameshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31154The Oilers inked centre Anton Lander to a one-year contract extension this off-season and the 40th overall pick in 2009 is excited for the opportunity to return to Edmonton. Knowing that this is a big training camp and season for the 23-year-old, Lander has set goals for himself and it’s all about winning hockey games. “I want to win as many games as I can. I want to win, I want to be a better player and of course my first step is to make the team here in Edmonton. From there, it’s all about winning,” Lander said. This year’s training camp provides Lander with an opportunity to prove to the club that he is ready for full-time NHL duty. Lander is coming off of a season in which he scored 52 points in 46 games with the Oklahoma City Barons and skated in 27 games with the Oilers. “I’m really excited about the camp. The only thing I can do right now is work really really hard to get better and to show at camp, just go out there and try to do what I can do best to help the team win games. That’s what it’s all about.”Chris WescottFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:56:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/644lander2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3115431154BLOG: No clean slatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31149The pressure is on for the Oilers to have more success this season. Jordan Eberle said this summer that “more so this year than anything I think we have a lot of expectations on us.” Taylor Hall mirrored those sentiments when speaking with Oilers TV at the Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 Camp on Thursday. Hall says there is no starting over when you play hockey in this city. “In Edmonton, there’s never really that clean slate. There is always pressure on us,” he said. “I like that, I’m excited for that and I’m ready to get back to that. It is a quiet summer back in my hometown and you come here and everyone is excited for the season. I think everyone on our team knows last year was not good enough and hopefully we’re all willing to improve on that.”Chris WescottThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:34:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140724_hallscream.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3114931149BLOG: Come to camp humblehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31148Taylor Hall was at the Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 Camp on Thursday and he spoke to the media about the mindset of the team heading into a season in which there are several new faces. “There are a lot of changes and all that really matters is how we do this year,” Hall said of the free agent and trade acquisitions. “I think those guys are going to do really well for us. Speaking for our team, we’ve just got to come into camp humble because really, we have to be. Then we make strides and go from there.”Chris WescottThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:33:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140821_hall644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3114831148BLOG: Hall on consistency at head coachhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31147Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins is returning for his second season at the helm and his players are grateful for the consistency. “That’s a really nice way to go into the year,” Taylor Hall said. “Like I said at the end of the year, there is no awkward handshake at the start.” Without having to start over, the Oilers have the opportunity to just hit the ground running. “It’s a business-like attitude and let’s get this thing going. Dallas feels very comfortable in that way and I think all of us players, over the course of 82 games last year, got to know what Dallas expects from us. Now we can hit the ground running at camp.”Chris WescottThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:32:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140821_HALLCAMP.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3114731147BLOG: NHL announces changes to draft lotteryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31144BLOG: NHL announces changes to draft lottery The NHL announced today changes to the draft lottery, which will be phased in over a two-year period beginning in 2015. The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-playoff teams will be adjusted “to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the league.” This means the 10 highest-finishing non-playoff teams will receive higher lottery odds than before and the four lowest finishing teams will receive lower odds. The following is the revised list of odds: Non-Playoff Team (Fewest Pts. to Most) New Draft Lottery Odds Odds Under Former Allocation 1 20.0% 25.0% 2 13.5% 18.8% 3 11.5% 14.2% 4 9.5% 10.7% 5 8.5% 8.1% 6 7.5% 6.2% 7 6.5% 4.7% 8 6.0% 3.6% 9 5.0% 2.7% 10 3.5% 2.1% 11 3.0% 1.5% 12 2.5% 1.1% 13 2.0% 0.8% 14 1.0% 0.5%Chris WescottWed, 20 Aug 2014 15:37:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644396table.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3114431144BLOG: ’84 Oilers felt comfortable with fans in Edmontonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31124Wayne Gretzky is familiar with NHL fans everywhere. But it is Edmonton where the fans are different from the rest. Gretzky said the difference between Edmonton fans and other NHL fans is that the Oilers group made the players of the 1984 Stanley Cup Championship team feel very welcome. “The difference with fans in Edmonton is you feel like you know the fans and they’re your friends,” Gretzky said via Skype at a press conference on Tuesday. Gretzky says that seeing the people of Edmonton and all of their old friends is something the ’84 players are looking forward to the most with their reunion on October 10. “The fans and the people in Edmonton always made it comfortable for the players.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:57:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140819_gretz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3112431124BLOG: ’84 Oilers were “unselfish”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31123Oilers greats Kevin Lowe and Wayne Gretzky spoke to the media and a group of fans on Tuesday as the ’84 team reunion was announced. Both players reminisced about just how unselfish that team was and how it helped them become one of the best teams in NHL history and hoist the cup. “The season started with Lee Fogolin unselfishly giving up the captaincy for Wayne,” Lowe said. “It was really the beginning of an unselfish year for the team.” “All the records and all of the personal accolades didn’t matter to anyone, particularly those players. It was about winning the Stanley Cup.” Gretzky said the team rallied, using the lessons learned from their loss to the New York Islanders the year before to eventually defeat the familiar opponent in the ’84 Final. “It’s a really special group,” Gretzky said. “We beat a really great hockey club, a dynasty team that taught us how to win from the previous year.” “When anyone scored, we all felt like we all scored. We were such and unselfish group.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:48:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140819_84teamphoto.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3112331123BLOG: Oilers hoping to relive the magic of ’84http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31102The Oilers announced on Tuesday that the entire 1984 Stanley Cup Champion team will be in Edmonton on October 10, for a reunion in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital. “This will be the first time that the group has been together in Edmonton since hoisting that cup in 1984.” Oilers Vice President of Communications Tim Shipton said. The Oilers are welcoming fans to purchase tickets and enjoy, “a magical evening of story telling and laughs.” It was a magical season and a team unlike any other. Those players on the roster are hoping to relive that magic with the fans that supported them so well throughout their cup run. "The entire city played a part in making us champions. It’s only fitting we invite fans back to where the magic happened." Kevin Lowe.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140819_gretz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3110231102BLOG: Gretzky hoping ’84 team can influence new Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31101The entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers will be in town on October 10, for a reunion benefiting the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Gretzky addressed the media and a group of fans at the announcement press conference on Tuesday. Gretzky said that it is his hope that the players from their championship team have some impact on the current Oilers, who open their season at home on October 9, against the Calgary Flames. “Hopefully this will be a rub off on the new team with us being there for the home opener and having the excitement of the fans,” Gretzky said. The 1984 Oilers created a legacy that has lasted in the city of Edmonton and the NHL for years. “Hopefully we can pass that legacy onto the new players.”Chris WescottTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:44:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140819_gretz2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3110131101BLOG: Yakupov feeling refreshedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31093Oilers winger Nail Yakupov is one of the many pros taking part in the Perry Pearn 3 vs. 3 Hockey Camp. Now a few weeks into training here in Edmonton, Yakupov says he is feeling refreshed and ready for training camp. After making his way to Edmonton from Russia, Yakupov has had the opportunity to work out with the Oilers trainers and skate with teammates and prospects. “I’m refreshed and just waiting for the season. I’m having a pretty good time here and just having fun this summer. There are a lot of things to do here before the season, especially when you’re waiting for training camp,” he said. Travis Ewanyk and Yakupov were the Oilers representatives at the hockey camp on Monday, though more current players and prospects are expected to participate later this week.Chris WescottMon, 18 Aug 2014 15:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140729_yakraw306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3109331093BLOG: Yakupov has worked on everything this summerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31092Oilers winger Nail Yakupov was on the ice at the Perry Pearn 3 vs. 3 Hockey Camp on Monday. When asked what area of his game or fitness Yakupov focused on this summer, the 20-year-old said there wasn’t just one. “Just kind of everything,” he said. “I can’t say I have one spot where I should work on. But I am trying to get bigger, be stronger, be faster and get some conditioning going and at the same time work on my hands, my shot and everything. It’s all together.” After dealing with some adversity and injuries last season, Yakupov is looking to bounce back to his rookie-season form when he scored 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games.Chris WescottMon, 18 Aug 2014 14:54:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140729_yakupov306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3109231092BLOG: NHL Scouting Combine moving to Buffalohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31090The NHL Scouting Combine will be held at the First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY for the next two years. The event gathers around 100 of the top NHL draft prospects in one place for interviews with teams as well as medical and physical testing. HarborCenter is set to open in the fall. It houses two full-size NHL rinks. The Scouting Combine had been held in Toronto since 1999. Edmontonoilers.com and Oilers TV will continue to provide exclusive and in-depth coverage of the annual event.Chris WescottMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:24:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140531_haydn.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3109031090BLOG: Eberle excited about additionshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31045With the additions made by the Oilers through free agency and trades, there is some more optimism in advance of the 2014-15 season. That optimism is felt by Jordan Eberle, who attended the Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers on Tuesday in Leduc. “We’ve added some great pieces with Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin and Keith Aulie,” Eberle said. “I like it and I think the thing that sticks out to me is the size that we’ve added, especially on the backend. Those guys are all 6-3 and above and obviously there’s some bigger skilled guys up front. I think anytime you get into August you start getting a little antsy to get back to training camp and that’s how I feel right now. Especially with the additions we’ve added I think you have no reason not to go into the season with positivity.” It wasn’t only skill the Oilers added but size and maybe more importantly NHL experience. “I think that’s huge,” Eberle said. “I think you’ve got guys who know how to win and have been there… and I think we all want to play here too. I look forward to this year too.”Chris Wescott & Marc CiampaTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:52:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/20140122_eberle644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3104531045BLOG: Eberle: "We have a lot of expectations on us."http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31043Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has executed a roster overhaul in his time at the helm. That turnover has left players like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as that expected next wave of leaders in the locker room. In a lot of ways, it’s now their team. But Eberle says it’s been that way for a little while now. “I’ve felt that way the last few years,” Eberle said at Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers on Tuesday. “Obviously it hasn’t happened. But more so this year than anything I think we have a lot of expectations on us. I think we did last year too that’s why it was a more disappointing season than ever just because we didn’t perform. This year I will take a lot of pressure on myself and I know those other guys will too just to perform. The city has been very patient and we need to start winning some games.” Eberle says the pressure felt by the core group of players, not only the three aforementioned, puts the responsibility on them to win above all else. “Just to take control of the team and win hockey games,” Eberle said of what is expected. “I think more than anything this league is about winning and we obviously haven’t done much of it. I think anytime you have a fresh start and you add some pieces there is a lot of optimism and I am looking forward to training camp to get things going.”Chris WescottTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:51:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140407topline2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3104331043BLOG: Consistency with head coach is a plus for Eberlehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31044Since being drafted 22nd overall in 2008 by the Oilers, Jordan Eberle has seen some turnover at the head coach position. Heading into this season, Eberle is happy to have Dallas Eakins return in that role keeping some consistency on the bench, despite two new assistant coaches. “I think more than anything this year it’s going to be nice to have some familiarity with the head coach,” Eberle said. “I think for me, and this is my fifth year coming up, I’ve had three new head coaches now. I think it can be a good thing and a bad thing sometimes too. We finally have a guy where we can pick up where we left off and I definitely look forward to that for sure.” Eberle says that consistency at head coach is huge for the team and not having that turnover means not starting fresh. “It’s huge. It’s one thing that really hurt us at the start of the year. No knock against Dallas obviously. He was coming in and things change and that’s how it is. I’ve had that a few times. It will be nice to have the same guy come in and we’ll have a lot of familiarity when it comes to practicing, the way he speaks and what he expects so I think that for sure will help.”Chris WescottTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:51:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140407topline.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3104431044BLOG: Draisaitl on his contracthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31022The Oilers announced Tuesday that they have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to a three-year entry level contract. Draisaitl spoke to the media at Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers shortly after the news was announced. “It’s really exciting,” he said at the Leduc Rec Centre. “First of all, I want to thank Daryl Katz, Craig MacTavish and all of the other people who are part of the Oilers organization for giving me the opportunity to make this happen. It’s really exciting for me and my family for sure.”Chris WescottTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:50:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/20140812_draisaitl306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3102231022BLOG: Thompson’s interview “blew the socks” off Eakinshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31013The Edmonton Oilers appointed Rocky Thompson as an Assistant Coach on July 16. Thompson had previously spent the past four seasons with the Oklahoma City Barons in the same position. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said prior to the search for a new assistant that he was looking for a younger coach who would be willing to spend games serving in the eye in the sky role instead of on the bench. It was clear to Eakins when he interviewed Thompson that he was the candidate who best understood and fit those responsibilities. “I’ll be really honest, I talked to a lot of people about that job,” Eakins said. “The one thing that comes up right away is that person has to be confident enough in their skin to know that they have an equal voice in that dressing room, they’re respected equally by the staff and players but during those games they are going to be upstairs. Some guys have a problem with that and they can’t get their head wrapped around it. Rocky is a really confident guy and he’s hungry. He wants to learn and he’s got a lot of stuff he can provide us. He was totally comfortable with that aspect of it.” Eakins says that of all of the candidates he spoke with, Thompson clearly made an impression. “The reality of it is when I sat down with him for the interview he blew my socks off. I knew Rocky a little bit but I didn’t know a ton about his coaching. I had talked to some people inside of our organization that I greatly respect their opinions and guys that are excellent coaches and they spoke so highly of Rocky. I thought he would be good in the interview but he was excellent.”Chris WescottMon, 11 Aug 2014 13:29:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3101331013BLOG: Eakins on Thompsonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31012Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins chose Rocky Thompson to join his staff as an Assistant Coach. Eakins had a lot of praise for his new assistant, saying that Thompson is the right person for the job. “I think he’s going to fit in great,” Eakins said. “He’s that bridge between the players’ ages and myself and the rest of our staff. He’s got a hunger to teach, he’s got a passion for the game and he’s got a passion to continue on his career as a coach. I think for him personally, this is a perfect stepping stone. The great thing about Rocky is that he didn’t want to talk about him he just wanted to talk about the team and that’s what Rocky has always been. He’s a guy of high character and the only thing that matters to him is the team. That’s what’s got to be from all of our staff, all of our players, anybody who works for the Edmonton Oilers and any decision that they make, this is about our team first and there can’t be anything else underlying their decisions.” Thompson will serve as the eye in the sky on game nights, radioing down to the bench information and adjustments. But he will also have a hand in teaching the players in practice and has experience in pre-scouting opponents and developing plans and adjustments for systems. “He’s going to provide that information during games but that won’t be his most important role. His most important role is going to be on a day-to-day basis with prepping and preparing our players to go out there and play. Hopefully the information coming down is not a lot because we have the game under control all of the time.”Chris WescottMon, 11 Aug 2014 13:28:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140716_Rocky4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3101231012BLOG: Chase back in the lineup for finalehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30974Canada is playing its final game at World Juniors Summer Development Camp and the play of Oilers prospect Greg Chase has been quite good, with a pair of assists in two games so far. Chase, an Oilers seventh-round pick in 2013, has warranted himself a look in a more offensive role after playing on the fourth line in the first two games. He is on a line with Nick Petan and Max Domi and in the starting lineup. The game started at 10:00 a.m. MDT.Marc CiampaFri, 08 Aug 2014 11:59:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/11/Chase1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3097430974BLOG: Nurse has assist as Canada beats Russiahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=31003The seventh overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, Darnell Nurse, had an assist in Canada’s 6-3 win over Russia at summer development camp, while Curtis Lazar recorded a hat trick. The talented Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) put Canada on the board first at 6:29 of the first period. Nurse recorded the assist on the shorthanded breakaway. Nurse also recorded a head contact minor and a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the game. Fellow Oilers prospect Greg Chase finished the game with two penalty minutes. Russia tied the game at 1:16 of the second period courtesy of a Nikita Cherepanov power play goal but goals by Buffalo Sabres prospects Nick Baptiste and Sam Reinhart, along with a goal from Calgary’s Sam Bennett gave Canada a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Lazar scored his second of the game at 4:49 of the final frame to make it 5-2. Russia pulled within two at the 16:16 mark of the third period. Lazar finished off his hat trick at 19:32 of the third period with his second shorthanded goal of the game.Chris WescottFri, 08 Aug 2014 01:10:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/644nurse.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3100331003BLOG: Nurse & Chase return to lineup vs. Russiahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30972Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase both return to the lineup for Team Canada tonight as they take on Russia in the third of their four games at summer development camp. Nurse will be paired with Haydn Fleury while Chase plays once again with Frederik Gauthier at centre. Jayce Hawryluk will be on the right side of that line.Marc CiampaThu, 07 Aug 2014 17:57:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/08/644nurse.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3097230972BLOG: Nurse & Chase out of lineup tonighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30969Both of the Oilers prospects participating at Canada's World Junior Summer Camp will not be in the lineup tonight as Canada takes on Russia (5:00 p.m. MDT). Canada plays again Thursday and Friday. It's expected Nurse and Chase will play in at least one and potentially both of those contests.Marc CiampaWed, 06 Aug 2014 18:12:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3096930969BLOG: Chase nets two assists for Canadahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30949In Canada's first exhibition game at Summer Development Camp, Greg Chase impressed with a pair of assists in Canada's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic. Chase also had two penalty minutes. The other Oilers prospect at the camp, defenceman Darnell Nurse, had two PIM as well. Oil Kings centre Curtis Lazar scored for Canada along with Nick Paul, Fredrik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair and Haydn Fleury. Chase assisted on Canada's fourth and fifth goals, by Paul and Fleury respectively. Canada plays three more games this week: Wednesday versus Russia, Thursday versus Russia and Friday against the Czech RepublicMarc CiampaTue, 05 Aug 2014 23:09:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3094930949BLOG: Watch Nurse, Chase LIVE for Canadahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30926Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase are playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Development Camp in Montreal. All four of Canada's games can be seen live on HockeyCanada.ca. Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's contest, which began at 5:00 p.m. MDT.Marc CiampaTue, 05 Aug 2014 19:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140509_worlds3_644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3092630926BLOG: World Juniors Camp starts todayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30925Canada's World Junior camp kicks off today with an exhibition game against the Czech Republic. Two Oilers prospects are vying for a spot on Canada's roster: Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase. Canada is scheduled to play four games this week and Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's opener. Nurse is on the second pairing with Roland McKeown, L.A.'s 50th-overall pick from this past draft. Chase is on the fourth line with Nick Paul and Frederik Gauthier. Canada plays again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week with games against Russia, Russia and Czech Republic respectively.Marc CiampaTue, 05 Aug 2014 18:53:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140623_CAMP.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3092530925BLOG: Lazar to wear 26 at WJC in honour of Pelsshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30924Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar will wear the number 26 now internationally in honour of former teammate (with the Oil Kings) and Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss, who passed away last year.Marc CiampaTue, 05 Aug 2014 18:48:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/03/Lazar-Oil-Kings644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3092430924BLOG: Moroz on the mendhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30894Mitch Moroz is hoping to be completely healthy heading into the Edmonton Oilers training camp in September. Following a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup winning season, the Oilers 32nd overall selection in the 2012 draft was a little banged up. Now Moroz is feeling much better and is getting closer to skating again. “A lot of people didn’t know that I was pretty banged up by the end of playoffs,” Moroz told Bob Stauffer Friday on Oilers Now. “My knee was blown out and I had a separated shoulder. It took a few weeks to get mentally and physically rested then I was right into rehab and trying to get healthy enough to jump into an off-season program. I’m feeling a lot better now and I’m pretty much taking part in full workouts and I’m able to get a good six weeks in before camp.” Moroz says he believes he will be ready to compete at the rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C. prior to main camp but the final decision rests with the Oilers. “I’m confident in where I’m at and how it’s progressed so I don’t think that’s out of the question at all.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Aug 2014 16:32:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140704moroz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3089430894BLOG: Moroz eyeing Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30893A second-round pick in 2012, Mitch Moroz has now turned his focus to beginning his professional career. Although he is on the mend from a couple of injuries sustained late last season, Moroz feels like he will be ready for training camp in September. Not only does Moroz feel he will be healthy but he also says his focus is on making the NHL roster out of camp. “I’ve said it before. You want to go in and make the team you are trying out for and that would be the Oilers. Then it’s up to them to make a decision and I want to make it a hard one. It’s up to them at that point to put me wherever they see fit. That’s a long ways down the road but we’ll see,” Moroz said Friday on Oilers Now. Moroz is coming off of a 63-point season (35-28-63) with the Edmonton Oil Kings.Chris WescottFri, 01 Aug 2014 16:29:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/306172mitchie.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3089330893BLOG: Buchberger talks Houle hiringhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30889In his new role in player personnel for the Edmonton Oilers, Kelly Buchberger was in Bakersfield this week to help introduce the Condors new head coach J.F. Houle. “I think with any coach in any league, if he doesn’t have good leadership skills you are not going to have a winning team,” Buchberger said. “With J.F. and the time that we talked with him and the people we talked to about him he brings those qualities. He can bring it and pass it along to the players and the players can develop a lot quicker than we thought they would.” Buchberger also talked about the importance of developing players now that the Condors are owned by the Oilers. “That’s part of the ECHL and the AHL, to develop players for the next level. We want to make sure we send players down here and they are getting the right coaching from J.F. and whoever the assistant will be and the development guys from Edmonton that are coming down here. We feel that J.F. has the right skill to get the most out of the players and develop them as quick as possible so they can maybe raise to the next level. It doesn’t come over night and we know that. He’s willing to put the work in it to make the players better and make the team better.”Chris WescottThu, 31 Jul 2014 14:48:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140731_bucky1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3088930889BLOG: Yakupov skating, says foot is 100%http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30864Nail Yakupov is back in Edmonton and back skating after suffering a foot injury back in February when a big shot from defenceman Justin Schultz caught the 20-year-old in the skate. At first, Yakupov was hesitant to get back on the ice but after testing the foot out a couple of months ago he says he is now all systems go. “The foot is feeling pretty good,” Yakupov said. “I’ve been skating a lot and actually, my foot is 100%. It’s pretty healthy. I was scared to start the summer and trying to go on the ice. I was a little confused about my foot but I stepped in and I had a really good practice, I skated, I did some drills and my foot feels pretty good. I am ready to go.” It doesn’t seem like his foot will hold him back at all when the team meets for training camp in September. He has been training in Russia this summer and is now back in Edmonton to continue his Oilers workout program. “It feels pretty good. I can’t feel it now and I’m just ready to go 100 percent and I can do everything with my foot.”Chris WescottTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:13:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/yakupov-edm-vs-ott-644-x-396.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3086430864BLOG: Why Yakupov chose number 10http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30863Nail Yakupov made the switch from 64 to 10 as his playing number heading into this season. Yakupov attended Oilers Hockey School on Tuesday and explained his decision to make the switch. “It’s my favourite number from a long time ago,” Yakupov said. “(Former Oilers Captain) Shawn Horcoff played with number 10. He said I could wear number 10. I said okay, I will take it. I had the chance to change it. I’m don’t want to say anything is going to change in my game or something. I don’t want to talk a lot about this number. I just changed the number. It’s going to be a different number on my jersey but it’s going to be the same last name.” Horcoff was traded to the Dallas Stars last year and said Yakupov could take the number but the young forward decided to wait a bit out of respect for his former captain. “He said last year he was okay with it if I took it right away but I said, “No, the fans are going to miss you. They are going to know you played with number 10 for a long time so I will wait for a bit.”Chris WescottTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/02/POTW_week19.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3086330863BLOG: Barons sign Jason Williamshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30828The Oklahoma City Barons have signed veteran centre Jason Williams to an American Hockey League contract. Williams, 33, is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He has played the last two seasons with Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Elite League, scoring 64 points (34-30-64) in 79 games. The centre has appeared in over 800 professional games, including 455 in the NHL. He has spent time with Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas and Pittsburgh.Chris WescottFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140724_williams.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3082830828BLOG: Draisaitl already a local celebrityhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30824The Edmonton Oilers selected Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in this year’s draft and just a month later he is already a local celebrity. Attending the Oilers Hockey School session in St. Albert on Wednesday morning, Draisaitl was met with the greetings of young adoring fans. It’s not the first time he’s been recognized around town either. “It’s a pretty big city compared to where I’ve been the last few years that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s a big market. People recognize you, they come and talk to you and it’s awesome. I’ve had an amazing time so far.” Draisaitl and fellow Oilers first round pick Darnell Nurse (7th overall in 2013) were swarmed by fans during a visit to a local shopping centre earlier this summer. It’s a scene that’s becoming quite frequent to the Oilers newest young star in the making. “Actually quite a bit to be honest. At the mall it was pretty crazy. I went there with Darnell Nurse and people just looked at us, stopped us and tried to talk to us. It’s been a lot of fun.”Chris WescottWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:21:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3082430824BLOG: Draisaitl is hard at workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30823The Edmonton Oilers used the third overall pick in this year’s draft to land big, skilled centre Leon Draisaitl and the 18-year-old is hoping to give a return on investment as soon as possible. That’s why he chose to stay in Edmonton this summer to train with the Oilers staff and prepare himself for the grind of his first NHL training camp. Draisaitl wakes up at 7:30 a.m. everyday and hits the gym, skating on Mondays and Wednesdays as well. He says he works out about three hours every day. The demands of an NHL training program are a new concept to Draisaitl, who has spent the last two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL. “It’s really different,” Draisaitl said. “Now that I know where I am it is more about focusing on playing in the NHL one day. They are NHL trainers and that’s why they’re here. They train an NHL team and they get guys ready for the season. I think I’m in really good hands.” Draisaitl's main focus is on building strength for the upcoming season, particularly in his legs. “I’ve been working on my weaknesses a lot. I think my skating and my lower body strength is something I really need to work on and that’s something I’ve been doing a lot these last few weeks. It’s been good and I feel comfortable and I like the training a lot.”Chris WescottWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:12:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140706_size4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3082330823BLOG: Houle to coach Condorshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30825The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Jean-Francois Houle has been named the sixth head coach in Bakersfield Condors history. The Condors are the ECHL affiliate of the Oilers. Houle replaces Troy Mann, who accepted the position of head coach with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears this month. "We are thrilled to name Jean-François Houle as the head coach of the Bakersfield Condors," Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott said in a press release.  "After an exhaustive interview process we identified JF as the candidate we felt was best fit to lead the Condors and Oilers prospects into the future. He has an incredible knowledge of the game, strong work ethic and has the discipline to teach and mentor our players. JF has a bright future ahead of him and we are excited to have him join our organization.” Houle has spent the last four-plus seasons coaching for Lewiston and Blainville-Boisbriand in the QMJHL. He has coached his teams to four consecutive 40-win seasons.Chris WescottWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:11:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140523_Baks.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3082530825BLOG: Purcell’s Rexall Place memoryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30789The Edmonton Oilers traded with the Tampa Bay Lightning to acquire forward Teddy Purcell this off-season. Because of this trade Purcell will now play his home games in an arena which holds a special place in his heart. Rexall Place is where Purcell played his first NHL game. On January 15, 2008 Purcell played his first career NHL game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings against the Oilers at Rexall Place. “I was called up from Manchester (AHL) and was in the airport all day, got delayed and got in probably at 1 a.m. the night before,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to play the next day. Then I remember getting a 2-on-1 with Rob Blake on my first shift and I still don’t know how I remember it. It was still a blur and I’m still nervous thinking about it.” How did that 2-on-1 rush pan out for the young Purcell? “I tried to pass it to him. I probably should have shot it but I tried to pass it to him and it went off his skate and back the other way.” It’s a lesson Purcell now knows all too well- shoot the puck. It’s something he may get the opportunity to do more of here in Edmonton now that he returns to the place where it all began for the 28-year-old. “I used to get yelled at a lot and still do sometimes for not shooting the puck enough but there are a lot of guys here who can make plays. I’m going to be in a position to shoot a lot more this year and hopefully it will work out.”Chris WescottTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140722_purcell.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3078930789BLOG: Aulie sets sights on making positive impacthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30788When the Edmonton Oilers signed hulking 6-foot-6 defenceman Keith Aulie in free agency he was excited to get an opportunity to show he belongs in the NHL and that he can bounce back from some injury issues last season. For Aulie, it’s all about coming in and making a positive impact on an already young and talented roster. “It’s a young group that desperately wants to win,” Aulie said. “Just from playing against them in the past, they’re hard working. It’s going to be exciting. It’s an exciting team. I think there’s a lot of work to be done. Obviously, there’s nowhere to go but up. As young guys, myself and these other guys here with me, we just want to come in and make a positive impact and just help this team out because it’s exciting to be part of a team that’s on an upswing. We understand how much pride this city has in the team and we just can’t wait to make a positive impact.” Being the bigger, more physically imposing type of defenceman, Aulie feels like he can mesh with the current crop of blueliners on the Oilers roster. “I’m a shutdown style defenceman. I play from my own end out and try to be aggressive, try to be physical, try to be hard on their forwards, play a safe and solid game and try to kill penalties. I think I compliment our other defencemen pretty well. They’ve laid it out to me what they expect of me and I can’t wait to get going.”Chris WescottTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:13:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140701_Aulie.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3078830788BLOG: Fayne eager to distribute the puck to Oilers playmakershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30787When you look at the top of the Edmonton Oilers forward depth chart there is some real offensive talent there with the likes of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Perron and Nail Yakupov. Getting the puck to those playmakers is where a guy like Oilers free agent signee Mark Fayne comes in. While the defenceman doesn’t pretend to boast incredible offensive talent himself, where he does excel is getting the puck to those who do. “I’ve never been known to be a flashy offensive guy,” Fayne said. “I definitely plan on just trying to get them the puck and if there is an option for me to do it I will try.” That’s what Fayne is looking to bring to his new team in Edmonton: consistency and distribution of the puck. “Just bringing consistency to the backend. The team has such fire power up front that my job is just to get them the puck and let them do their job.”Chris WescottTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644fayne.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3078730787BLOG: Pouliot can add to veteran leadershiphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30786The Edmonton Oilers are largely described as a young team. It takes a good leadership core to help a young team take the next step, and in this case that is making the playoffs. Oilers free agent signee Benoit Pouliot was a part of last year’s Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers team. He knows what it takes to create a winning culture and he feels like he can bring some of that knowledge to Edmonton. “I’ll try my hardest,” Pouliot said. “Some people don’t know how hard it is to get up there. It’s a tough mountain to climb. Once you get going, once you get that feeling that you can do this, you can go far, that’s what happened in New York. It was a good playoff run. It was fun and everyone enjoyed it. You get closer as a team at the same time. Hopefully I can do that here. I know (Oilers Captain) Andrew Ference a little bit. He’s been through it in Boston and he’s one of the best leaders you can have. If guys can follow his lead and I can jump in and help in that department then it’s going to be fun.” For Pouliot, the key to getting the Oilers going on a successful run is just working the plan that head coach Dallas Eakins and his staff places in front of them. “The coach puts something out there and you’ve just got to do it. I think Dallas is good for that. He knows the game and he knows how to do it. It’s up to us to be prepared mentally and just do the job we’re supposed to do. Everyone has a different role and is a different type of player. Once you get going, once the guys feel good, the game plan is intact and everyone is following it you can go really far with just that.”Chris WescottTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:09:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140701_Pouliot3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3078630786BLOG: Pouliot embracing Canadian markethttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30785When choosing a destination for himself on day one of free agency, Benoit Pouliot went with Edmonton and all of the pressures that come with playing for a Canadian team. In a Canadian market, the fans are fierce, loyal and passionate about their team and Pouliot embraces that. It’s something he is familiar with. “I played in Montreal for two years and it was awesome,” Pouliot said. “The way the fans see the game and the way they know the game more and they are always loyal to you. You go around town, they know who you are and they talk to you about hockey. It’s fun. It pumps you up every night even more and you want to play in front of those kind of fans.”Chris WescottTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:07:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140722_pouliot644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3078530785BLOG: Pitlick working on getting bigger and strongerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30689The Edmonton Oilers announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with Tyler Pitlick on a one-year contract extension. Pitlick was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. Last season was quite the learning experience for Pitlick who got his first taste of NHL hockey. The forward played 10 games with the Oilers and scored his first NHL goal. The ups and downs of the season, including his knee injuries, helped Pitlick learn more about himself. The 22-year-old says he is working to stick in the NHL and that means hitting the gym. “I’m just trying to get myself bigger and stronger so I can hang in the corners a little bit better with the bigger guys and push guys around,” Pitlick told Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now. “I’ve worked on my skating and skills and I’ll just come in ready to have a good camp like last year.” For Pitlick, the biggest difference between the American Hockey League, where he has spent the last three seasons, and the NHL is the size and strength of the opponents. “They are definitely bigger guys. They’re stronger. I think in the AHL I can, with no problems, keep guys off me in the corners and circle off guys. But the guys in the NHL are bigger and stronger and they’ll push you over if you’re not ready for it. I’m just working on balance and being stronger for this season.” Getting bigger and stronger fall in line with what Oilers management told Pitlick they wanted from him moving forward. He also says he’d like to add “a little more of a mean streak” to his game while being consistently physical and staying healthy.Chris WescottThu, 17 Jul 2014 16:48:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/Pitlick032614.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3068930689BLOG: Hamilton: "I need to take the next step."http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30688The Edmonton Oilers announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton on one-year contract extensions. Both players were second round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft and both players are heading into make-or-break seasons. Hamilton joined Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and acknowledged the pressure on himself heading into this year. “It’s kind of now or never for guys like myself,” Hamilton said. “This is my fourth year now with the organization. I need to take the next step.” What Hamilton has going for him is that he believes he is coming off his best year as a professional with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL. “Especially late in the year,” he said. “Some guys were hurt and the Oilers had some guys hurt as well so there were some guys called up. Right around Christmas I was starting to play some good hockey and then I was injured unfortunately. When I came back after a couple of weeks of getting back at it, I was a good player for us in the playoffs and contributed quite a bit. I think I just need to start the year off like that again and I’ll be fine.” Hamilton is 6-foot-2 and over 210 pounds. He feels is size could benefit the Oilers and their system and could help him make another jump in his career this season. “With the Oilers, everyone talks about how they have smaller forwards. With myself being a bigger forward I think that’s something that is valuable in the organization and something they are looking to add on, even with some of the young guys they’ve brought in. There is a chance for me in this organization to go out and play some good hockey.”Chris WescottThu, 17 Jul 2014 16:46:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/hamilton010814.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3068830688BLOG: Condors sign twohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30690The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Chase Schaber and defenceman Nick Pageau for the 2014-15 season. Schaber, 23, tied for third in scoring on the Condors last season with 44 points (18-26-44) in 64 games. He had 10 points (4-6-10) in 16 playoff games. "I think the biggest thing is everyone in the organization is treated professionally and everyone is on board which is huge for preparing for the next level," Schaber said in a Condors press release. "It's a great place to play and I grew to like the city more and more, especially the further we went.” Pageau, 26, played 23 games with Bakersfield, scoring seven points (1-6-7) before suffering a season-ending injury in January. "I really enjoyed the group we had last year and we should have a good amount of returning players which should make for another good year," Pageau said.Chris WescottThu, 17 Jul 2014 16:45:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140523_Baks.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3069030690BLOG: Oilers on list of top 200 fantasy playershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30586NHL.com’s fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen have pieced together their off-season rankings of the top 200 fantasy hockey players. Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall tops out at 26th on Cubeta’s list. Jordan Eberle is the second Oilers player on that list at 82nd. Other Oilers on Cubeta’s list are David Perron (100), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (115), Nail Yakupov (129), Ben Scrivens (166) and Justin Schultz (181). Jensen also ranks Hall (31) and Eberle (87) in his top 100. Other Oilers making Jensen’s top 200 are Perron (120), Nugent-Hopkins (123) and Schultz (132). Click here for a list of the full off-season rankings.Chris WescottTue, 15 Jul 2014 13:38:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140407hallcelly.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3058630586BLOG: Bachman has sights set on NHLhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30531The Edmonton Oilers announced on Wednesday morning that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender Richard Bachman. Bachman played the majority of last season with the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League, finishing with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 52 games. He had a record of 26-19-6 and was a workhorse for the Oilers affiliate during a remarkable playoff run. He played in three games with the Oilers last season, with a 3.02 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The 26-year-old American goaltender saw an opportunity with the Oilers to compete at training camp for a spot in the NHL or return to Oklahoma City, where he and his wife are comfortable and have family support. “The main goal is to get up with the Oilers and to play in the NHL but being here (in Oklahoma City) is a great fit for me and my wife,” Bachman told Oilers Now’s Bob Stauffer. “I’ve got a twin brother here. He’s in med school here so he’s close by so I have a family connection. It’s also close to Colorado where my family is from so it works out really well for me.” Bachman has played in 35 career NHL games (Edmonton and Dallas) and has a record of 14-12-2. He feels like he can be a full-time NHL goaltender and that’s why he re-signed with Edmonton instead of testing the market or heading to Europe. “I think it’s ultimately about playing in the NHL,” he said. “I’ve already had a little bit of taste of it and have some experience. I really feel I can play at that level. Until I feel I can’t do that or it’s not going to be a good fit for me or my family I want to stick it out over here and be with Edmonton. I think it’s a great place to get a good opportunity. For me this is a great fit and I’m happy to be back.” Bachman made 47 saves in his Oilers debut on October 27, 2013 against Los Angeles. He is currently training in Oklahoma City.Chris WescottWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:25:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/306172-okc-tex1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3053130531BLOG: Draisaitl: “There is a lot of work ahead for me.”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30530It is no secret that Leon Draisaitl is on a mission to make the Edmonton Oilers roster after the club selected him third overall last month in the NHL Draft. He’ll compete for a spot just like any other Oilers player or prospect and he understands this summer will be key to helping his chances. “I think everyone wants to make the team,” Draisaitl said on Oilers Now on Wednesday. “When you get drafted I don’t think there is a single player who does not want to make the team. I think it’s a learning process for an 18-year-old kid. We obviously have a lot of work in front of us. I think I can talk for everyone one of the players who just got drafted or went to the camp. I think I have a lot of work to do but that’s what the summer is there for and all I am going to do is what I can control. That’s just work as hard as I can and then try to find a spot on the team.” This past week at Orientation Camp in Jasper was Draisaitl’s first opportunity to wear the Oilers colours on the ice since being drafted. Draisaitl says that while the camp was more about meeting his fellow prospects and his future coaches and management, he did try and make an impression on the ice. “There is a lot of work ahead for me. I obviously wanted to do as good as possible. It was the first time being on the ice for me after two months. You’re obviously a little bit rusty the first couple of ice sessions but I think it was okay.” Heading into the rest of the summer it will be all about adding strength for Draisaitl. If he can do that and build up his defensive game a little, he will put himself in a great position to make the roster. “I think for me personally it comes down to strength, especially my lower-body strength, and just my game away from the puck. That’s the two biggest things I need to improve over the summer and it’s a great time to do that.” Draisaitl will spend the summer in Edmonton getting to know the area and training before camp.Chris WescottWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:20:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140706_size4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3053030530BLOG: Justin Schultz negotiations are ongoinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30496After locking up Jeff Petry for another year, the Edmonton Oilers will look to secure the services of another defenceman for the immediate future. Justin Schultz is still awaiting a new deal and Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish says those talks are still on-going. “I think that both sides fully expect to get a deal. We want to treat Justin very, very fairly. He’s working his way through the system and I guess at this point that’s probably the friction point. When you even compare him to guys on our team, where he fits in is not going to be entirely reflective of our value of him. It’s more a reflection of the system and where he is in the system. We fully expect to get a deal done.”Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 23:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/02/jschultz0226143.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3049630496BLOG: MacTavish happy with Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30495The Edmonton Oilers have made some changes to their normal Development Camp. It is now an Orientation Camp for the team’s prospects and the focus has shifted from lessons in hockey to team building. For the first time trying this new setup, Oilers General Craig MacTavish was pleased with the results. “I’m really happy with how it’s gone,” MacTavish said. Getting it outside of Edmonton really gives me a better chance to interact with the players and prospects. It’s really beneficial, it gives us more time with the players. I think we’ve taken a little bit of a different focus this year than we have in years past. There’s a very healthy percentage of team building and we want to make sure these players coming through this process know what our expectation is for them, they know what we’re looking for, they know what our expectation is for the Edmonton Oilers players. We want good people, good hard-working people that care about each other and are really going to go to war for one another.”Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 23:16:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644396mactavish.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3049530495BLOG: MacTavish on the term of Petry’s contracthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30494The Edmonton Oilers announced on Monday that they had agreed to terms with defenceman Jeff Petry on a one-year contract. The two sides had discussed a longer termed deal but elected for the one-year instead. It gives Petry an opportunity to have a bounce-back season and prove his place on the Oilers before they hit the negotiation room again next summer. “We looked at longer termed deal for him but we just couldn’t agree on that longer termed deal,” Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said. “It’s a bit of a risky deal for us because we’re exposed on the asset. We very much view Jeff as a high-end asset for us. At the same time, we’ve got to see what the level is for Jeff and Jeff’s anticipating a high level and he’s got the ability to hit it out of the park and we hope that’s the case. We’re right back at the negotiation table next year negotiating a long-term deal with Jeff based on a tremendous season and a big upgrade on what we’ve seen over the last few years, which has been pretty good.” The deal is reportedly just over $3 million and MacTavish says it’s a fair agreement for both sides. “We did offer him a longer term deal. Somebody that didn’t have confidence in their ability would have probably taken it. I think it’s a good deal for both parties, I really do. It’s the perfect compromise. I’m of the mindset that you can’t have a bunch of defencemen making $4 million. You want some making seven and some making one. The guys that are making four, you can’t shell out your roster and I think you can allocate your dollars for defence better than having a whole bunch of people at the same price point.”Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 23:13:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/04/20130425_petry644-2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3049430494BLOG: Nurse ready to compete for spot after solid camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30497The Edmonton Oilers are hoping Darnell Nurse becomes everything they hoped he could be when they selected him seventh overall in last year’s draft. Nurse had a solid Orientation Camp where his added size and strength paired with his work ethic and compete to make him a noticeable player on the ice. “I felt pretty good out there,” Nurse said. “I was a lot stronger compared to last year. It was good to go out there, compete and win a lot more battles than I think I did last year.” In one year, Nurse has managed to grow enough as a player to the point where he appears ready to give the Edmonton coaching staff a difficult roster decision come training camp. “The big thing for me is I have another year of experience. I’ve went through a lot of different situations playing against top lines all year long. I’ve really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone on the ice and I’ve tried to make myself a complete player. Obviously there is still room to grow but I felt pretty good out there and I’m looking forward to continue my growth.” Now that Orientation Camp is over, Nurse is zeroed in on his next challenge - making the Oilers roster. “I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and pushing myself even harder. I’ll come in in the best shape possible when September rolls around.”Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 23:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140706_size3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3049730497BLOG: Freewheel cycle provides for prospectshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30489The Edmonton Oilers prospects are in Jasper for Orientation Camp and their stay in the mountains has been full of not just on-ice sessions and off-ice workouts but camping and biking around the area. The biking is all thanks to Jasper’s own Freewheel Cycle. “Freewheel has been going on for about 30 years, which is pretty long for the bike industry,” lifetime Oilers fan and owner of the bike shop Chris Peel said. “Not many stores last that long. We’ve been going strong, mostly focusing on mountain bikes but we have everything from town cruisers to street bikes and high-end mountain bikes.” When the prospects rolled through town, Freewheel rented out their entire fleet to the players to use this week. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins, an avid cyclist, led some trail rides and the players used the bikes to get from their lodgings to town for practice. Peel says there were some fit issues with some of the players as they are a much larger clientele than the usual bike enthusiasts. “They definitely took our biggest bikes,” Peel said. “The few issues on the bikes were these guys are so strong that they were breaking chains and stuff because they’re built pretty solid. There were a few broken chains but not too bad considering that most of them don’t ride bikes other than inside and doing fitness testing and things like that.” Freewheel is no stranger to the Oilers, having helped them out with bike rentals in the past. In 2010, the Oilers came to Jasper for training camp. “That was exciting,” Peel said. “The difference now is it’s neat to have these young guys. It’s neat to meet these guys and put faces to the names. I’m a hockey fan and we have some hockey fans in the shop here.” Peel has ridden bikes with Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish before and was very happy to meet Eakins. During Orientation Camp, Peel has been able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the team operates on the player development side. He also took the players for morning bike rides at 7 a.m. All of the bike riding this week, along with the workouts has these prospects exhausted as we reach the end of camp. “I think they were a little tired, a little more than they thought they would. We know these guys are getting hammered while they’re here. We tried to take it as easy as we could. We understand it’s not easy to do all of those workouts. It’s early starts too. We started our morning bike ride at seven in the morning so these boys are working pretty hard.” The experience this week was great for everyone from coaches to management to players. The prospects really had an opportunity to bond and the bike riding was just a part of it all. MacTavish even bought himself a new bike this week. As you can see, the relationship between the Oilers and Freewheel Cycle was prosperous for both sides.Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 17:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140707_1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3048930489BLOG: Petry on signing his dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30491The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they agreed to terms with defenceman Jeff Petry on a one-year deal. Petry was on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer this afternoon to talk about the contract. “It’s nice to have gotten a deal done and be back,” Petry said. “With the way things went last year and the signings that the team has made over the last couple of weeks it’s something that I’m definitely excited to get back for. I think we should be good moving forward.” Petry has played his entire NHL career with the Oilers, registering 59 points (13-46-59) and 107 penalty minutes in 236 games. He was chosen by the Oilers in the second round (45th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Petry says after negotiation, the one-year deal was the right term for both sides for the time being. “We went back and forth on both sides and both sides agreed that this is the best thing for both sides.”Chris WescottMon, 07 Jul 2014 17:31:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/potw_week26.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3049130491BLOG: Into the wildhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30456The Edmonton Oilers prospects have had their own beds to come home to at night during their stay in Jasper at Orientation Camp. But tonight that will change as the young prospects are headed into the woods with Oilers Captain Andrew Ference for a night of camping in the elements. Ference’s friend and U.S. Army Ranger Lucas Carr will accompany the group of players into the wilderness and they will be tested mentally and physically. “Working under conditions that are irrelevant in a regular civilian setting by taking away sleep and food,” Carr said. “By taking away the sleep and the food you are adding in the duress off extreme conditions with unfortunate results that will hopefully transpire onto the ice when some of the players get the food, they get the sleep and they have the talent at the point when there is 20 seconds in the game and they are down by one goal, to score that one goal. By having this in their background, right in their back pocket, they are going to look at a situation like that and they are going to say, “this is easy. Let’s just be ourselves.” Carr continued, “You do make the best plays when you are in a situation like that, when you are not thinking about doing everything, when you are not thinking what you should have done. Be yourself, stay composed, do the little things that are going to get the job done, do the little things that are going to score the goal, do the little things that are going to pass the mental aptitude and tests, use your intestinal fortitude to carry on to the next objective and win the game.” Ference was asked by Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish to come in and speak with the prospects but having been through development camps of his own, the captain wanted to make more of an impression on the young players. “I wasn’t too keen on just having a chat and talking with the kids. I’ve gone through stuff like that before. I figured it would be more effective to do something real and fun and just different. So tonight we are taking the guys on a little adventure with our friends.” The prospects will be given the essentials, including rations of food and water, and they will be in the company of trained professionals like Carr. “It’s basically just being thrown to the lions in a general sense,” Carr said. “You haven’t been in a situation like that, now is a great opportunity for you to show a leadership capability that you can use throughout your career in the NHL. Or if it’s just going into civilian world with a regular job and using that saying, “Wow, I did this when I was at Edmonton Oilers Prospect Camp. I can use what I learned here at some point in my life and be evaluated on how I was a leader then.”Chris WescottSun, 06 Jul 2014 18:14:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140706_size3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045630456Content from Day 5 of Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30452Marc CiampaSun, 06 Jul 2014 15:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644rickcarriere.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045230452BLOG: Carriere wants to create competition for jobshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30453Oilers Director of Player Development Rick Carriere talked about this year's Orientation Camp in Jasper and how it differs from past years when it would be held in Sherwood Park. “When you walk around our accommodations at the Pine Bungalows here and you talk to the players and how much energy and enthusiasm they have in the evenings, it’s different from last year,” Carriere said. “Our focus before was to try and get as much as we could into seven days. Sometimes, I think that really took away from the excitement and enthusiasm after they got a little bit tired. So now, they’re fresh, they’re excited, they’re working hard. That’s exactly what we wanted.” The end goal for Carriere and the Oilers is to create a competitive environment here at Orientation Camp, but also at Rookie Camp in Penticton in September and ultimately at main Oilers Training Camp. “With the right amount of patience, our guys have the attitude, work ethic and compete to make it more competitive to make the Oilers one day for everybody. We’re trying to create that pressure from underneath. “We want guys battling for jobs. Our goal and focus is to create that in our prospects.” Carriere talked about the progress he has seen already from a handful of key prospects. “Just from what I’ve seen from some of the guys at the end of the year in Oklahoma City to what I see now. Darnell Nurse, Jujhar Khaira, Greg Chase. Jordan Oesterle has been a really pleasant surprise. They bring a lot to the mix and they’re going to make it really competitive for some of these guys.”Marc CiampaSun, 06 Jul 2014 15:14:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/644oesterle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045330453BLOG: Marco Roy looking to build off tough yearhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30454Oilers prospect Marco Roy, drafted in the second round, 56th overall, by the Oilers in 2013 had a tough season with injuries but hopes to build off the challenges he faced. “I had a tough start, in the beginning,” he began. “I grew up as a player, too. I had a chance to work on my strength, put some weight on and get ready for the next season.” Roy was injured at the start of the season and again later in the year, limiting him to only 39 games played. He had 14 goals and 35 points during that span. “My first time I was injured during a season. It was hard, I’ll say but it’s in the past right now so I’ll look forward for my future.” Roy did bounce back to play 20 games in the postseason as his Blainville squad made it to the third round of the playoffs. He had four goals and 12 points in those contests. This upcoming season he will go even deeper into the postseason guaranteed after being dealt to the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. This being Roy's second camp now with the Oilers, he feels a lot more comfortable in his surroundings having known a lot of the players. He also has a roommate who speaks his language in Oilers 2014 7th rounder, goaltender Keven Bouchard. “It really helped me. Last year I was really nervous. You don’t know the people and my English was not that good. I’m rooming with (Keven Bouchard) so I can talk French at the end of the day. It’s nice for that.” The 6'1" 182 pound centre added that he has really enjoyed the Jasper setting this time around as well. “It’s a beautiful place. Last year was harder. Right now, it’s more fun. We like each other and tonight we go camping so it’s going to be nice,” Roy continued. “The golf was really nice yesterday. We saw bears and deer. It’s beautiful.”Marc CiampaSun, 06 Jul 2014 15:10:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/306marcoroy.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045430454BLOG: Aidan Muir ready for next challengehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30451Oilers prospect Aidan Muir, drafted in the fourth round, 113th overall in last year's NHL Draft, is coming off an incredible season for his Indiana Ice USHL squad. “We had an amazing time. Right off the bat, we were a little sketchy, started off 0-3-1 and then we got it together. I think it was mostly due to our coaching. Our players were really resilient. Didn’t take no for an answer.” The Ice certainly did not take no for an answer, going all the way to the league championship, taking the Clark Cup three games to two over Waterloo. Muir also felt that he made personal strides in the season, scoring 14 goals and adding 41 points in 54 games. “I learned a lot about how to use my body, optimize my stride, stick handling abilities,” he said, adding that there are still things he can improve upon. “All aspects of my game need to be faster. Skating, stride needs to be longer, harder shot, stuff like that.” This upcoming season, Muir will be attending the University of Western Michigan. He expanded on the reasons why he decided to go there after being heavily recruited by a number of colleges. “I visited and it was amazing. Great dorm. The coaching, Andy Murray, he’s one of the reasons I’m here today and hopefully he can help me get to the next level.” The 6'4" 200 pound winger is up for the next challenge in his hockey career, particularly under the guidance of Murray, who recommended Muir to the Oilers as he alluded to. “Older teammates, older people. It’s going to be tough but I’m ready for it.”Marc CiampaSun, 06 Jul 2014 14:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/306172muir.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045130451Content from Day 4 of Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30450Marc CiampaSat, 05 Jul 2014 16:20:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644yakimov.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3045030450BLOG: Mitch Moroz has NHL aspirationshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30448It’s the right attitude to have for any young prospect heading into training camp. Mitch Moroz is not satisfied with playing his first professional season in the American Hockey League. He would of course prefer to impress the Edmonton Oilers enough to get a shot at the NHL. “Hopefully in a few weeks starting up with summer training and being able to give myself the best opportunity going into camp and make them have a hard decision,” Moroz said. “Everybody expects you in your first year to go down to Oklahoma but if I can kind of force their hand a bit and make them sweat it a bit then that’s my goal. You want to give yourself the best chance possible.” With his eyes set on making the Oilers take a hard look at him, the team’s second round selection (32nd overall) in 2012 is devoted to being in shape and improving certain areas of his game. “You want to come in in your best shape as you can,” he said. “I want to work on my quickness. That’s probably my biggest area of improvement over this summer, getting quicker, a little leaner and just being able to compete against men now. If I can do that and play my game the way I finished off the year and throughout the last season, I know it’s a big jump but some guys have done it and I’m confident in myself. I don’t see why not me.” Moroz, 20, had the best season of his WHL career. With the Edmonton Oil Kings, Moroz scored 63 points (35-28-63) in 70 regular season games. The Alberta native also registered 156 penalty minutes. He chipped in 19 points (6-13-19) in 21 playoff games as the Oil Kings won the league’s championship title. He helped Edmonton win the Memorial Cup on top of a WHL Championship. Now his sights are set on the Oilers and he’s been watching closely to what kind of openings there might be. The Oilers could use more big forwards who can chip in offensively. Which is something Moroz can do. He fits that power forward build that may eventually find him a spot on the roster. “I think the last few years that has kind of been brought up and tossed around,” Moroz said. “Now it is kind of time to turn that corner and make the most of the opportunity. The spot for a big power forward is there so I don’t want to let that slip away. You want to come in and try to play that role.” If Moroz does not make the Oilers roster out of training camp, he is expected to possibly be an impact player in Oklahoma City with the Barons.Chris WescottFri, 04 Jul 2014 17:50:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/644moroz2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3044830448Content from Day 2 of Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30438Marc CiampaThu, 03 Jul 2014 19:16:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140703_eakins306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3043830438BLOG: Eakins excited by team improvementshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30437The Edmonton Oilers added a few pieces to their improving roster in free agency. The Oilers bolstered their blue line with the additions of Nikita Nikitin and Mark Fayne. They gained some size and skill in the forward group with their trade for Teddy Purcell and their signing of Benoit Pouliot in free agency. In the draft, they selected big, skilled centre Leon Draisaitl third overall. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins is excited about the new additions and how they improve the team. “We think it has been a good few days getting the free agents in the boat It was important,” Eakins said. “We’ve added size, we’ve added depth and we’ve added some people who can make plays. Those are all things that we need in our lineup, especially in our division.” Adding good puck possession focused and competitive players was also an important acquisition for the team. Pouliot fits that build of the fast, skilled, highly-competitive player that the Oilers needed to add. “They are important. We want to continue to up the compete level and Benoit is certainly going to do that. I go back to the fact that we need people who make plays, possess the puck and score goals. We don’t want to be a team who relies on basically four players to put up our points. There has been that perception of our team being an offensive one. It’s the wrong perception and we’re going to try to change that by adding guys like Teddy Purcell and Pouliot.” The defensive side of things has also improved. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said after day one of free agency that if you look at the team’s defence now, it looks like an NHL defence. Eakins agreed that that area of their roster has been improved. “You start putting your lineup on the board and these are established NHL players that give you some comfort. There’s not an unknown so much with them. I think in the summer, almost the whole league is excited by the guys they drafted, they’re excited by the guys they got in free agency and you have that optimism again. For us, especially on our back end, I thought our biggest problem last year was breaking the puck out. That led to us spending a lot of time in our own zone. With the additions of those players and then with all of our other guys getting another year of experience, it’s a step in the right direction.” Overall, there has been much roster turnover for the Oilers and Eakins says that’s a credit to MacTavish’s dedication to turning the fortunes of the franchise around. “MacT has been busy. He’s extremely passionate about getting us going in the right direction. It seems like every time I call him he is in the office working the phone or scouting a player. It has been non-stop for him. I think that’s why you see such a change over.” The excitement of retuning to the bench for his second season as an NHL head coach has Eakins chomping at the bit, regardless of last season’s disappointments. “You want to get back in there and get back in the fight. It’s amazing to go through a season like that, from the coaching staff to the players, and that last game is over and it’s been such a long year and you can’t wait to get home and get a break from it. Then suddenly, a week to 10 days go by and it’s like my wife said, “you’re ready to go back to the rink now,” and I am.”Chris WescottThu, 03 Jul 2014 19:04:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140407topline.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3043730437BLOG: Eakins’ goals for Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30436Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins is in Jasper with the team’s prospects for Orientation Camp. His goal for this camp isn’t so much with tutoring the players on the ice as it is to get to know the new and young faces in the organization. He didn’t participate Thursday morning in the on-ice session, as Oklahoma City Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson and Oilers Sr. Director of Player Development Rick Carriere appear to be running the drills. “I like that we’ve pulled back and they’re not on the ice every day,” Eakins said. “Some of these guys have been off the ice for a long time and it is unfair to judge them on the ice right now because some of them haven’t skated at all. For me, it’s more to come in and start those relationships with these players. Not all of these guys will make the NHL but hopefully a lot of them do. I think it’s important for me to be around and, more or less, it’s about me talking and getting to know them and starting those relationships because hopefully these are going to be very fruitful ones down the road.”Chris WescottThu, 03 Jul 2014 19:03:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140610_eakins.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3043630436BLOG: Numbers for Yakupov, Fayne, Pouliot & Purcellhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30435The Oilers today announced jersey numbers for July 1 acquisitions Mark Fayne and Benoit Pouliot. They also announced that Nail Yakupov will be switching from number 64 to number 10. Teddy Purcell, acquired in a trade on June 29, will wear number 16. Pouliot will wear 67 and Fayne will wear 5.Marc CiampaThu, 03 Jul 2014 13:31:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/03/yakupov-edm-vs-ott-644-x-396.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3043530435BLOG: Changes to the Oilers Development Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30427The Oilers have made some changes to their July Rookie Development Camp. It has switched over from a camp for learning and on-ice tutoring to more of an orientation camp where the young future of the Oilers get to know one another and learn what it takes to be a pro. “We don’t do as much of the on ice curriculum that we have followed in the past,” Oilers Sr. Director of Player Development Rick Carriere said. “It’s more of the culture of the Oilers and the things that we feel are really important to have going away from the camp. That’s 2-3 fundamentals and some cultural things that we feel are really important.” Carriere added, “We’re downsizing the on-ice part a little bit and emphasize the team building. We’re going to do some activities there. We have a golf tournament, we’re going to be biking around Jasper together and the guys are going to enjoy their time there. Part of the real focus off the ice is strength and conditioning this year.” It seems like the players are excited for the change. Mitch Moroz, the Oilers second round pick in 2012, says the switch is beneficial and leads to more fun. “It’s going to be more fun,” Moroz said. “I think they’re trying to let the guys enjoy it more. The last few years there has been a lot of teaching and a lot of work. It’s kind of strenuous in the middle of the summer to put guys through 7 or 8 days on the ice consistently. Guys are going hard so you don’t want to see guys getting hurt, especially at the beginning of July. It’s not a real evaluation camp, it’s orientation. They’ll save the evaluation for September. It’s a chance for guys to come in and feel things out and enjoy it.” One of the headliner attendees of the camp is this year’s third overall pick, Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers new centre is looking forward to getting to know his potential future teammates. “I think it’s more about the orientation camp,” Draisaitl said.” That’s what it is called and that’s what is about, getting to know the guys and getting to know the players, get to know the people we’re working with and so I think it’s more of getting to know the players.” This year’s camp will be held in Jasper and will consist of on-ice and off-ice workouts with some team building as well. The final day of Orientation Camp will see the prospects face off in the second annual Billy Moores Cup at Jasper Arena.Chris WescottWed, 02 Jul 2014 14:55:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/07/644campwrap.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3042730427BLOG: Troy Mann hired on in Hersheyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30426Bakersfield Condors head coach Troy Mann took a job today with the AHL's Hershey Bears (affiliate of the Washington Capitals) as head coach. Former Oklahoma City Barons captain Bryan Helmer was named as the assistant coach. Read here (Condors Press Release): CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that Head Coach Troy Mann is leaving the team to accept the head coaching position in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hershey Bears. Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. Mann, 44, earns the promotion after a memorable lone season at the helm of the Condors, posting a 36-30-0-6 record and taking the team into the conference finals for the first time in team history. The Condors went 35-20-0-5 after Thanksgiving to overcome a poor start and post one of the best records in the league for the rest of the season. The New Brunswick native returns to the AHL, this time as the head coach of the team with which he spent four campaigns, from 2009-13. Mann was an assistant coach with the Bears during that time, winning a Calder Cup in 2010 and helping the club post 180 victories in four seasons. The 2013-14 Condors season was the first as a head coach for Mann since 2007-08, when he coached the Columbia Inferno. In each of his last two seasons as a head coach, he has guided his ECHL clubs into the third round of the playoffs. He was the first Condors head coach to have played for the team, having spent part of the 2000-01 season with the team. What Troy says: "Thank you to Jonathon Fleisig, the Edmonton Oilers, Matt Riley, John Olver and the entire Condors staff for providing me with the opportunity to work in Condorstown. It has been a pleasure to be a part of one of the premier organizations in the ECHL. It is bittersweet to depart, but this is an opportunity that I have been working towards my entire coaching career. I wish the organization nothing but the best moving forward." What Matthew Riley says: "Troy is on the fast track. He is a great coach and a great person. We wish we could have had him here longer of course, but we're grateful we could be a part of his journey, and in just one season he has had a tremendous impact on our organization. We wish him and Lori all the best. "Moving forward," Riley continued, "with the Oilers at the helm, we feel very strongly that we will have a number of good candidates, and ultimately a terrific head coach." Mann has departed for Pennsylvania and will be introduced formally as head coach of the Bears on Thursday. He will be available to Bakersfield media the week of July 14. Details on a press event that week will be announced at a later date.Marc CiampaWed, 02 Jul 2014 13:52:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140523_Baks.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3042630426Free Agency Day Video, Audio & Morehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30385Marc CiampaTue, 01 Jul 2014 16:26:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644trio.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3038530385BLOG: Oil ink Gazdichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30401The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have agreed to terms with left winger Luke Gazdic on a two-year contract. Gazdic, 24, recorded four points (2G, 2A) and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games last season. His 15 fighting majors tied him for third in the NHL. Gazdic also scored his first National Hockey League goal on his first shift, in his first NHL game on October 1st, 2013 against the Winnipeg Jets. The 6’3”, 240-pound forward spent four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, prior to joining the Oilers in 2013-14. Gazdic posted 55 points (27G, 28A) and 447 penalty minutes in 256 AHL games. Gazdic was Dallas’ 6th round selection, 172nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.Marc CiampaTue, 01 Jul 2014 16:25:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140421_gazdic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3040130401BLOG: Aulie's heroicshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30370Chris WescottTue, 01 Jul 2014 16:01:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140701_Aulie.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3037030370BLOG: Oilers add Auliehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30369The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with 6-foot-6, 228 pound defenceman Keith Aulie on a one-year contract. Aulie was the 116th overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames. He has played 136 NHL games in his career, scoring 13 points (4-9-13).Chris WescottTue, 01 Jul 2014 13:24:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/20140701_Aulie.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3036930369BLOG: Oilers sign Pouliothttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30368The Oilers have signed winger Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal. “Edmonton was really interested in me and I was interested in them,” Pouliot said on TSN. “It didn’t take long to get the deal done.” Pouliot, 27, spent last season with the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers and scored 36 points (15-21-36) in 80 games. In the playoffs, Pouliot added 10 points (5-5-10) in 25 games. Pouliot was the fourth overall pick in 2005. He has played 371 career regular season games in the NHL with 160 points (76-84-160).Chris WescottTue, 01 Jul 2014 12:25:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644pouliot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3036830368BLOG: Mark Fayne signs with Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30367The Oilers have signed defenceman Mark Fayne to a four-year contract. Fayne, 27, was the 155th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. In 242 career NHL games, Fayne has 48 points (13-35-48) and 99 penalty minutes. Last season Fayne played 72 games for the Devils and had 11 points (4-7-11) and 30 penalty minutes.Chris WescottTue, 01 Jul 2014 12:24:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644fayne.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3036730367BLOG: Oilers sign Fayne and Pouliothttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30365The Edmonton Oilers have signed two players at the start of free agency. The club has signed defenceman Mark Fayne to a four-year contract and winger Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal. Stay tuned for more.Chris WescottTue, 01 Jul 2014 12:14:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/07/644faynepouliot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3036530365BLOG: Oilers could add a younger coachhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30332The Edmonton Oilers added long-time NHL coach Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach a few weeks ago. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins told 630 CHED that another hire could be approaching but he is undecided on which way he would like to go. Eakins says the team is considering hiring a younger coach to help connect better with the young players on the roster. “It’s something that we’re kicking around,” Eakins said. “We do have a spot that we can fill, if we would like to. The conversation now is that we have two unbelievably experienced coaches with Keith (Acton) and Craig. Now if we do decide to add another one do we look for another experienced one or is it better off to go with somebody maybe a little younger who is more in touch with the players. I think that’s an important thing to look at too.” Should the Oilers fill another coaching spot Eakins says it will not be on the bench, which makes it difficult to do the hiring now with bench positions still open around the league. “It’s something right now where it’s tough to even start considering people because everyone I do talk to here at the draft, they all have their hat in the ring and are looking to fill a spot on somebody else’s bench right now. I understand that. The role that we’re looking for is going to be somebody that’s not on the bench. A lot of guys aren’t real enthused about that while there are still spots open around the league on the bench and I totally understand that. I’m just going to wait until the other teams fill their benches, see what’s available and then it gives me some more time to kick around which way we go with this.” Once the open jobs around the NHL are fewer in number the Oilers can re-focus on what type of coach they want to bring in, if any. “Do we want a younger guy that can maybe connect a little bit better with the players or have another heavily experienced coach that could have a little disconnect with the generation of our players,” Eakins said.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 16:37:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140610_eakins.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3033230332BLOG: Dallas Eakins on adding Draisaitlhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30331Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins was familiar with Leon Draisaitl before the club made him the third overall pick in this year’s draft. “I already spent time with him at the interview at the combine and we had dinner with him this week and got a good feel for the kid,” Eakins said Saturday on 630 CHED. “We were excited that he was sitting there when we were picking. It’s a need for our team for the future, a centre of his size and of his skill set. We’ve filled a hole in our organization and hopefully he will be able to play very soon.” The Oilers hope the big, skilled centre is ready to make the jump to the NHL sooner rather than later. But Eakins says the team won’t rush his graduation if he’s not ready. Eakins himself refuses to place high expectations on the rookie. “I have no expectations and I think it is a dangerous thing to put any expectations on the kid. He’ll come into our development camp, which is more of an orientation. He’ll come in and get to know the other players. he on-ice stuff isn’t that important. It’s more to get them up and going with their summer training. Then we’ll see where he is in training camp. This is a very young player and we don’t want to rush him, we don’t want to put the weight of the market or high expectations on him. We want to just see where he’s at when he does get playing against NHL players.”Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 16:29:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644_draisaitl9.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3033130331BLOG: MacGregor on adding Draisaitlhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30330The Edmonton Oilers were more than pleased with the way the first two picks fell in the first round of this year’s draft. With Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart off the board to Florida and Buffalo, the Oilers were given the opportunity to draft just what they needed. The club selected Leon Draisaitl third overall, adding size and skill to their centre lineup. “Very excited,” Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said after the draft concluded in Philadelphia. “I think he helps fill a need. He gives us an opportunity to have a strong centreman with some size that can play ahead of or behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, whichever way it works. We’ll give him that opportunity but also have to tell you he’s still a junior-age player who may need time and we’ll just give him that time for him to become the prospect we hope he can be.” MacGregor added, “I think once he gets the opportunity to develop and mature he’ll be a very good fit for our organization.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 16:08:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644macgregor.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3033030330BLOG: Oilers add two goalieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30328The Edmonton Oilers scouting department felt they needed to add some goalie prospects to the mix and so the club took a pair on day two of this year’s draft: Zachary Nagelvoort and Keven Bouchard. Nagelvoort, taken in the fourth round (111th overall), just finished a solid freshman year at the University of Michigan where he posted a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage. “He was a little bit of a late developer coming out of the North American Hockey League,” Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said. “He’s a goaltender who had a tremendous freshman year. I think he had an almost .930 save percentage. They were a middle-of-the-road team but he got them in the playoffs. We look at him as a goaltender that will continue to advance with good training and initiative.” Bouchard, taken 183rd overall, was the backup goaltender for Val d’Or in the QMJHL, which made it difficult to fully scout him. But MacGregor says he likes what he saw in the limited action. “We had a bit of an eye on him from the previous year. I just happened to be at a game one night where he did play and he did get a period at the Memorial Cup and I saw that. He’s a guy with potential. You want to look at kids that have potential. If you saw him there he’s very fit, very strong and he’s wiling to put in the work to get better.” MacGregor says the scouts were the ones to convince Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish to pull the trigger on the goalies. “I had to fight with him to draft a goaltender. We just needed to add something. These guys have some potential we feel and if we can do it right and they can develop well we feel we have an opportunity to have some more depth.”Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 15:39:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140628_Nagelvoort.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3032830328BLOG: Lagesson brings competitive edgehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30326The Edmonton Oilers chose Swedish defenceman William Lagesson with the 91st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 blueliner was chosen for his good defensive skills and his competitive edge, which really interested Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor. “Competitive defenceman, good size,” MacGregor said. “I think the biggest thing about him is one-on-one he’s a warrior. He makes a good first pass, has some hockey sense and I just can’t emphasize how much he wants to battle.”Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 14:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140628_Lagesson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3032630326BLOG: Oilers select Keven Bouchard with final pickhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30300The Edmonton Oilers used their final selection in the 2014 NHL Draft (183rd overall) to take their second goalie of the day. The Oilers chose Vald’Or Foreurs netminder Keven Bouchard. Bouchard had a record of 17-6-1 with the QMJHL champions and posted a 2.95 GAA and a .887 save percentage.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 13:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140628_Bouchard.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3030030300BLOG: Three more Oil Kings draftedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30298Dysin Mayo, Brandon Baddock and Aaron Irving join Brett Pollock as members of the Edmonton Oil Kings to be selected on day two of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Arizona Coyotes took Mayo with the 133rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Baddock and Irving went with back-to-back picks (Baddock at 161 to New Jersey and Irving to Nashville at 162). Mayo, the 82nd-ranked North American skater, had 35 points this season (7-28-35) and added 15 (3-12-15) in the WHL playoffs. Baddock scored 17 points (6-11-17) in 56 games this season. Irving is the 90th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. The defenceman played in 63 games this season and scored 30 points (9-21-30). Oil Kings prospect Alec Dillon was also drafted. The goalie went 150th overall to the Los Angeles Kings. He played last season with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL and posted a GAA of 2.88 and save percentage of .911.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 12:49:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/644396morozz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3029830298BLOG: Oilers select Tyler Veselhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30297The Edmonton Oilers have used the 153rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to select Tyler Vesel from Omaha in the USHL. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound centre is ranked 188th amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Vesel put up impressive numbers in his first USHL season, scoring 71 points (33-38-71) in 49 games. His 71 points were third best in the league and second on the team.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 12:37:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3029730297BLOG: Oilers select Liam Coughlinhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30295The Edmonton Oilers have selected 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward Liam Coughlin with the 130th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Coughlin played 53 games for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL this season, recording 45 points (18-27-45) and 70 penalty minutes. The South Boston native is committed to Boston University. He scored 51 points (27-24-51) at Catholic Memorial High School in the 2012-13 season.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 12:21:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/450-COUGHLIN.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3029530295BLOG: Oilers select Zachary Nagelvoorthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30292The Edmonton Oilers add a goalie to the mix with the 111th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by selecting Zachary Nagelvoort from the University of Michigan. The freshman netminder posted a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage as a freshman with the Wolverines. He holds the University of Michigan school record for most saves in a game (63 vs. Penn State on March 20, 2014). NHL Central Scouting ranks Nagelvoort as the 20th best North American goalie. He is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 12:10:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140628_Nagelvoort.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3029230292BLOG: Oilers select William Lagesson 91st overallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30288The Edmonton Oilers have selected Swedish defenceman William Lagesson with the 91st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Lagesson is a 6-foot-2, 196-pound defenceman who played in the Swedish Junior league for Frolunda Jr. In 44 games this season, Lagesson scored 20 points (8-12-20) and had 30 penalty minutes. At the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in 2013, Lagesson had two points (1-1-2) in four games for the Sweden Under-18 team. NHL Central Scouting ranks Lagesson as the 18th European skater.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 11:47:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140628_Lagesson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3028830288BLOG: Pollock is first Oil King draftedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30282The Dallas Stars make Brett Pollock the first Edmonton Oil Kings player off the board in the 2014 NHL Draft by selecting him in the second round, 45th overall. Ranked 34th amongst North American skaters, the winger is coming off a breakout year for the Oil Kings. He became an offensive weapon for the Memorial Cup champions, scoring 55 (25-30-55) in 71 games. “I don’t really think you put words to it," Pollock said. "The run we had, winning the Memorial Cup, being here today and being selected by Dallas is a surreal feeling. Not a lot of guys get to experience that and I can’t really put it into words today.” In the WHL playoffs, Pollock helped finish off Medicine Hat in the conference finals with 7 points (5-2-7) in five games, including six in the final two. Pollock, 18, is a 6-foot-2, 182 pound Sherwood Park, AB native. Other Oil King draft-eligible players include Edgars Kulda, Aaron Irving, Ashton Sautner, Tyler Robertson and Brandon Baddock.Chris WescottSat, 28 Jun 2014 10:35:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2014/06/BrettPollock_644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3028230282BLOG: MacTavish on adding a big centrehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30270Adding size up the middle of the ice was something the Edmonton Oilers knew they had to do to become more competitive against the bigger centres and teams in their division and conference. At 6-foot-2, 213 pounds (and still growing), Leon Draisaitl was the pick for the Oilers at third overall. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke with TSN following the pick and talked about what Draisaitl brings. “We all know how difficult big centres are to obtain,” MacTavish said. “You’re going to have to draft big centres to get them because they’re very hard to come by. Leon really fits that build for us. We play in a very difficult conference, a very difficult division and we feel Leon’s skill set fits in incredibly well for us in Edmonton. There will be a lineup of wingers that will be ready to play with Leon when he gets to Edmonton.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 21:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644draisaitlstage.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3027030270BLOG: Dallas Eakins ‘hat-blocks’ Draisaitlhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30268Some fans might have noticed that the Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick wasn’t wearing his new hat like the rest of the draftees. Leon Draisaitl put the jersey on but a certain member of the Oilers coaching staff didn’t allow him to take the hat. Head Coach Dallas Eakins played defence and blocked Draisaitl from putting on his new lid. “He told me he is not going to give me the hat because he doesn’t want my mom to be mad at my hair,” Draisaitl said with a laugh. Hat-hair crisis avoided.Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 21:12:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644draisaitlstage.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3026830268BLOG: Draisaitl on Oilers moving forwardhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30267The newest Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl has done his research on the team that made him the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. Draisaitl says he’s eager to earn a spot and join a team that already boasts young and talented players, such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz. Draisaitl also says that he thinks the Oilers are moving in the right direction as they have brought in players through trades like David Perron and their young stars continue to mature. “I think I’m going to have to do my job and earn my spot if I want to play in that league and on that team,” Draisaitl said. “I think they’re moving forward. They’ve made some good trades like for Perron and I think the guys are getting older and more mature and this is just awesome right now.” On the possibility of playing with Hall, Draisaitl had nothing but good things to say: “He’s probably the fastest skater in the league and he’s an exciting player to watch. He’s a star in the league. It might be a good fit but you never know. It’s up to the coaches to put a line together and I can only do my job.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 20:53:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/306172draisaitloil.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3026730267BLOG: Draisaitl on if he’s NHL-readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30266The Edmonton Oilers made Leon Draisaitl the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft tonight. Having his size (6-foot-2, 213 pounds) and his skill (105 points this season), Draisaitl could make an immediate jump to the NHL from the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL. Earlier today, Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said he felt any of the top four prospects have an “outstanding chance to play” this season. Draisaitl says he feels like he has some things to work on but should be ready after the summer. “I think I have to work on some stuff but that’s what I’m going to do this summer and I think I’m ready next year,” he said.Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 20:50:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140627_draisaitlselected.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3026630266BLOG: Draisaitl knew Oilers were interestedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30265It was expected that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in Leon Draisaitl. The day before the draft, Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke of the team’s need of a centre and how size was also a factor. Draisaitl fits that description and the Oilers made him the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Draisaitl didn’t know for sure if he would hear his name called when the Oilers took the stage in Philadelphia, but he had an idea that they liked him. “I think this year was really unpredictable," Draisaitl said. "No one really knew what was going on from the players’ perspective. I had really good meetings with them and knew they were interested but you didn’t know what was going on with the trades and all that stuff but right now, wearing that jersey is phenomenal.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 20:47:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/306172draisaitloil.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3026530265BLOG: Immediate help or future impact?http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30237The Edmonton Oilers will have a decision to make when it’s their turn to submit their selection with the third overall pick in tonight’s draft. A question that has come up in the scouting meetings has been whether or not the Oilers rank immediate help above future impact or vice versa. “That’s an interesting question and something we’ve been throwing around a lot over the last year,” Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said. “Positional need, a desire to have a player that can make an impact today or who will be the best player in five years.” MacGregor says the scouts always lean towards future projections over the short-term value of a player. “Obviously longterm for a scout, you’re projecting five years ahead,” he said. “Management may look at things a little realistically on a shorter term basis. We do need to make some strides. Hopefully those strides forward will come from the group that’s already there and a coaching staff that’s solidified in working with that group and a comfort that the players believe in the direction we’re going on the team. Adding something that can help immediately would be a great benefit but it’s like anything, you’re judged longterm and what type of success you’ll have. One good year may buy you a few more years of employment but if you can get through those development years, probably five great years on an on-going basis probably buys you 15-20 years of employment. It’s an interesting process but scouts project longterm.” The Oilers are in position to take one of the draft’s top four prospects: Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart or Leon Draisaitl. MacGregor said he thinks all four of them have the ability to make the jump to the NHL right away. “I really believe all four have an excellent chance. I don’t think there is any varying degree of difference in their opportunity. Opportunity will have to present itself with the team that they’re with and their development plan and there’s a lot of factors that come with that. But I would expect that all four of them have an outstanding chance to play.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Jun 2014 18:51:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/MacGregortalks.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3023730237BLOG: MacT - "Six Pending Scenarios"http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30206PHILADELPHIA - Holding the third pick overall, the Oilers can't definitely say who they are going to take at the 2014 NHL Draft but even if they could, MacTavish said that there's still a lot to decide before they step up to the stage on Friday night. "There’s six pending scenarios that we could be presented with in terms of packages of players. Couple of players we’re going to have to decide between. We’re still content to do our homework in terms of character assessment. It’s very unusual that we’re down to the last 24 hours before the draft and not completely sure which way we’ll go in terms of certain scenarios. That tells you that these players are very equally rated." The one defenceman at the top of the draft class is Aaron Ekblad, though he's expected to go first overall. The other top players are all centres, which suits MacTavish just fine. "A lot has been said about our need on defence, which is clear. But it doesn’t trump our need at centre. An argument could be made that centre is our most needed position. Someone who’s got some size and who can play some big minutes in that division and that conference. "We’ve got more defence coming and more depth on defence. I think it’s an open question on what our greatest need is."Marc CiampaThu, 26 Jun 2014 15:03:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/04/20140423_Draisaitl1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3020630206BLOG: MacT on Oilers free agency needshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30205PHILADELPHIA - Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is hoping to find a good bargain in this year's crop of free agents. "There are a couple still available," he started. "Who are the Grabovski’s of this year that Washington picked up last year. They paid less for a guy like Grabovski and added a good element to their team. Those are some of the guys we’re going to be trying to find as this period and process goes on." Grabovski, who was bought out by the Maple Leafs last summer, had 13 goals and 35 points in 58 games for the Capitals. He was on a one-year, $3 million deal. MacTavish hoped to snag one of those value-type players for his blueline. "There are a few of those (who are) puck-moving defencemen, I think. And Nikitin certainly fits into that category (as a puck-moving defenceman)." MacTavish was pretty clear on what the team is looking for. "We need one more defenceman, ideally, and possibly a forward or two."Marc CiampaThu, 26 Jun 2014 14:58:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2014/03/graboDL_033114.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3020530205BLOG: MacT talks about Nikitinhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30204PHILADELPHIA - Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish talked about the acquisition and signing of defenceman Nikita Nikitin, which occurred on Wednesday. “It’s not a revelation that UFAs are expensive," said MacTavish, who signed Nikitin to a two-year deal at $4.5 million per year. "We felt that we very much needed to upgrade our defence. I’ve been talking about that for a long time. We had a great need at that position and we had an opportunity to land a defenceman that we think will fit very nicely into our top four. He’s a very versatile defenceman. The term was attractive to both the player and us. It buys time for us to develop our young defencemen appropriately, whether that’s sending them back to junior if they’re not ready or putting them in the American Hockey League. "It made sense on a lot of fronts to pay the price that we paid and we look forward to getting the player in here at training camp." MacTavish was asked if the interview process that is now in place — where teams can contact free-agents-to-be a handful of days before free agency hits on July 1 — is driving up the price. He said it did not. "The price was always exorbitant. The mistakes that we’ve made — and a lot of teams have made in the past, in this regard — is undervalue what the price is going to be to land the player. Ultimately, you want the player and we were in a pretty enviable position to pay the price. It gives us a little bit of protection as we proceed in this UFA market, knowing that we have a piece which helps us achieve our fundamental objective."Marc CiampaThu, 26 Jun 2014 14:54:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140625_Nikitin.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3020430204BLOG: What separates Demkohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30209PHILADELPHIA - Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko is above the rest in many minds. He is NHL Central Scouting’s top-ranked North American goalie and will possibly be the first of his position off the board when the draft gets underway in Philadelphia. Demko says it is his love of the game and his will to win that separates him from the pack of draft-eligible netminders. “I think just my will to win,” Demko said. “I work really hard off the ice to make sure I’m getting myself prepared to play. Definitely in the off-season too, I am making sure that I’m getting better for next year so when I do get back to the next season I will be ready to go. I think I just love the game more than most guys do and I want to be in the NHL.” Demko, 18, is a native of San Diego, CA. He finished his freshman year at Boston College with a 2.24 goals against average and .919 save percentage.Chris WescottThu, 26 Jun 2014 14:28:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2014/06/ThatcherDemko-goalie_644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3020930209BLOG: Ritchie on becoming a top power forward:http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30208PHILADELPHIA - There is no denying the potential of Peterborough Petes forward Nick Ritchie. With size on his side, Ritchie hopes to one day become one of the better power forwards in the NHL. He looks up to players like Boston’s Milan Lucic and Dallas’ Jamie Benn. For him to become like one of those two, Ritchie will have to “bring it every night.” “I think those two guys are pretty good players in the NHL,” Ritchie said. “They’re big and they bring it every night. I think for me, if I bring it every night, I can be one of those guys.” Consistency is reportedly an issue with Ritchie. But the power forward who scored 74 points (39-35-74) this season believes that will get better with maturity. “I think as I get older and more mature that will come. I will just keep working hard in the gym. I think once I get it I will be alright.”Chris WescottThu, 26 Jun 2014 14:27:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/canucks/images/upload/2014/06/June1314_ritchie_dl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3020830208BLOG: Top prospects take their minds off the drafthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30183Some of the top draft prospects gathered at Scanlon Ice Rink in Philadelphia this morning for the Top Prospects Clinic. They skated with local youth hockey players and participated in drills with the children. “It’s awesome,” Prince Albert centre Leon Draisaitl said. “Seeing those kids enjoy themselves and play hockey. That’s the best thing in the world. They love being out there. They obviously have a passion for it and that’s the ultimate and that’s awesome.” Now that the pre-draft process is winding down and the days have turned to hours in anticipation of tomorrow night’s draft, the prospects’ nerves are building. Being able to lace up the skates and leave it all off the ice was a welcomed break for the players. “A lot of the focus is on tomorrow and obviously that’s still up in the air for all of us right now,” Oshawa Generals forward Michael Dal Colle said. “But being able to skate with these kids has been a great experience and what they’ve got going on here is awesome.” “It was awesome,” Kingston’s Sam Bennett said. “Anytime I can lace on the skates it’s going to be a good day. I’ve had so much fun out here with these kids and I think it’s great for these kids to get out here. I’m having fun, I can see the smiles on these kids and it looks like they’re have a great time.” Draisaitl added, “It’s always nice to be on the ice. There is no better feeling than being on the ice. The nerves are coming and I’m already a little bit nervous to be honest but it’s not too bad. I think tomorrow will be pretty nerve-racking for sure.”Chris WescottThu, 26 Jun 2014 12:23:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140626_Draisaitl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3018330183BLOG: Reinhart focused on next season, not drafthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=30179PHILADELPHIA - There are numerous questions regarding whether highly-regarded prospect Sam Reinhart goes first overall or slips as far as fourth but the centre with a high hockey IQ isn't letting that get to him at all. "The draft is just a one-day thing. It's just where you're at right now. The bigger goal is trying to make an impact as soon as next season." Reinhart was asked if he can play in the NHL next year. “I’m confident in that right now," he said. "Right now, that’s all that counts. My focus isn’t all on the draft itself. Making an impact as soon as next year when training camp starts, wherever that may be. I’m going in with the mindset that I’m ready to play next year.”Marc CiampaWed, 25 Jun 2014 17:02:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/644396-reinhart1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3017930179