EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2016 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usTue, 09 Feb 2016 23:18:18 ESTOilers assign Reinharthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45225The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Griffin Reinhart to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Reinhart, 22, has appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, posting one assist and 16 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has appeared in 17 games with Bakersfield this season, registering six points (1G, 5A) and 12 penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseTue, 09 Feb 2016 14:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644grif.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4522545225BLOG: Oilers lines at morning skate in Newarkhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45212The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Newark, New Jersey as they prepare to play the Devils tonight. Forward lines are: Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle Hall-Draisaitl-Pakarinen Purcell-Letestu-Yakupov Kassian-Hendricks-Korpikoski Defence pairings: Sekera-Fayne Davidson-Gryba Nurse-Clendening Reinhart-SchultzMarc CiampaTue, 09 Feb 2016 11:25:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-practice-talbot2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4521245212Video and audio from Montreal's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45164Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:26:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-practice-nilsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4516445164BLOG: Kassian sees time in Montreal as 'turning point'http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45188Oilers forward Zack Kassian makes his return to Montreal for the first time since being traded in late December in exchange for Ben Scrivens. Kassian describes his time in Montreal as a turning point in his career despite never having suited up in a regular season game for the team. “I never really sat down and thought about repercussions, what I was doing or who I was affecting or how it was affecting my career,” he said after practice at the Bell Centre on Friday. “That accident really was an eyeopener for me. At the time obviously it was very tough to handle. I embarrassed my family, my friends and the organization. But when something like that happens you really have to look at yourself in the mirror.” The accident Kassian speaks of was an early-morning vehicle accident where he was a passenger in which he broke his nose and foot. He entered Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA shortly afterwards. “I felt like that was my rock bottom. Sometimes they talk about that, you have to hit a rock bottom to really grasp the concept of what you’re doing. I felt like that was my rock bottom and I didn’t want to go back there.” Kassian has used that feeling of rock bottom to help guide himself and make the right choices but hasn't let it change who he is. “I’m still the same person. I know what’s at stake and I know what I have and I have to stay on top of it. But I’m still the same guy in the room, the same guy on the ice. It’s just me growing up.”Marc CiampaFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:25:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-practice-kassian.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4518845188BLOG: Hendricks having success with Finnshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45189Oilers forward Matt Hendricks has been shifted to the middle between Lauri Korpikoski and Iiro Pakarinen. So far, the trio has enjoyed some success particularly last game in Ottawa when they combined for four points. Hendricks was asked about his on-ice success with the two Finns. “First off, I’m playing with two great guys in Lauri and Iiro. They’re both very defence-orientated where they can help protect me in the middle a bit. I’m still getting my feet wet, getting used to playing a new position I haven’t played in awhile. They’re protecting me and helping me with net-front coverage in the defensive zone.” The three players have been a force both offensively and defensively. Even when not putting up points on the scoresheet, they've pinned the opposition deep in their own end for lengthy periods of time which naturally has positive effects. “They’re both skilled. They both like to make plays, they both like to shoot the puck. And they’re hard to play against down low in the offensive zone. Team defenders have a hard time staying on them and staying with them.” Hendricks was asked if he's been brushing up on his Finnish now that he's playing with the two players from Finland. “I look at them and ask, ‘what are you guys talking about? I’m not that bad, am I?’ and they start laughing. It’s all good. We’re having a good time together right now.” Korpikoski laughed when asked about the foreign language speak between himself and Pakarinen. “It’s better that me and Iiro talk finish and keep him on the outside. He doesn’t know what’s going on, it’s better that way,” Korpikoski remarked.Marc CiampaFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:23:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-ott-edm.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4518945189BLOG: Oilers practicing in Montrealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45163The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Montreal ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game at the Bell Centre. Forward lines today are: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle Korpikoski-Hendricks-Pakarinen Yakupov-Letestu-Kassian Lander rotating in down the middle. The defence pairings have changed: Sekera-Fayne Nurse-Clendening Davidson-Gryba Reinhart-SchultzMarc CiampaFri, 05 Feb 2016 11:03:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/642-practice-sekera.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4516345163BLOG: Gazdic assigned to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45121Forward Luke Gazdic has cleared waivers and the Oilers have assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.Chris WescottThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:20:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644gazidcpractice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4512145121BLOG: Oilers lines at morning skate in Ottawahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45119The Oilers are on the ice for an optional morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Forwards on the ice are: Hall, Draisiatl, McDavid, Eberle, Yakupov, Pakarinen and Lander Not on the ice: Pouliot, Hendricks, Kassian, Letestu, Korpikoski Defencemen on the ice: Fayne, Gryba, Clendening, Davidson, Schultz, Reinhart and Nurse Defencemen not on the ice: Sekera Cam Talbot will start tonight in goal.Marc CiampaThu, 04 Feb 2016 11:32:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644-practice-5.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4511945119Audio and video from Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45113Chris WescottWed, 03 Feb 2016 13:27:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160203_PRACTICE2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4511345113BLOG: Oilers place Gazdic on waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45112The Oilers have placed winger Luke Gazdic on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. Gazdic, 26, has played 28 games for the Oilers this season, recording one goal and 22 penalty minutes.Chris WescottWed, 03 Feb 2016 12:00:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-gazdic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4511245112BLOG: Wednesday practice updates in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45111The Oilers have hit the ice at Leduc Recreation Centre for practice before flying to Ottawa today. Justin Schultz, who missed yesterday’s morning skate due to illness, is skating. Stay tuned for more updates, including interviews. The lineup in the most recent drill is as follows: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle Kassian-Letestu-Yakupov Korpikoski-Hendricks-Pakarinen Nurse-Schultz Sekera-Fayne Davidson-Gryba Reinhart-ClendeningChris WescottWed, 03 Feb 2016 11:45:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160203_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4511145111Oilers activate McDavidhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45109The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have activated centre Connor McDavid from Injured Reserve. McDavid, 19, has appeared in 13 games with the Oilers this season, registering 12 points (5G, 7A) and six penalty minutes. He also currently leads the Oilers in shooting percentage (20.8). The Oilers also announced today they have assigned winger Rob Klinkhammer to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Klinkhammer has appeared in 14 games with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and six penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:30:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160124_Skills11.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4510945109Monday audio and video from practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45072Chris WescottMon, 01 Feb 2016 22:36:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160201_clendening1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4507245072BLOG: McDavid, Eberle excited to play on linehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45088The Oilers came back to the ice on Monday after an extended all-star break which saw them off the ice for a full seven days -- longer than any other NHL team. Coming back, Connor McDavid was cleared for play and in a physical practice that saw two separate on-ice sessions he skated with Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot. “I don’t even think Ebs and I have played a shift together before," said McDavid." This will be a little bit different for us. There’ll be an adjustment period. I’m definitely excited to play with a player like Jordan.” Eberle was injured in the pre-season and did not return until after McDavid went down in early November with his collarbone injury. “Everyone knows what he’s like around the net. He’s got quick, great hands and a deceiving shot. You know if you get the puck in a good spot he’s going to finish it.” Eberle was also excited to play with McDavid. “I think with Nuge going down, we knew we were getting Connor back and I thought there was a chance me and (Pouliot) would get a chance with him,” Eberle began. “It’s been funny the way the year’s gone, I came back the day he got injured. I haven’t even been on the ice with him, even in exhibition. It’s good to get out there and practice. We had an intense skate today, got our wind back a little bit and hopefully we find some chemistry tomorrow.”Marc CiampaMon, 01 Feb 2016 22:35:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644mcd.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4508845088BLOG: Monday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45067The Oilers have hit the ice at Rexall Place for their first post-All-Star break practice. Connor McDavid has returned from his conditioning loan in Bakersfield and is on the ice with his teammates. Adam Clendening, claimed off waivers, is also on the ice wearing number 27. With Taylor Hall not practicing, as he returns from the All-Star weekend in Nashville, the Oilers ran a jumbled mix of lines. Some players rushed as four instead of three. McDavid took his first rushes between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle. Anton Lander, Leon Draisaitl, Teddy Purcell and Rob Klinkhammer all had a rush together. Zack Kassian was with Mark Letesty and Nail Yakupov. Lauri Korpikoski, Luke Gazdic, Matt Hendricks and Iiro Pakarinen all took a rush together as well. Stay tuned for more updates.Chris WescottMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644mcd.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4506745067Oilers recall Kassian and Reinharthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45063The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Griffin Reinhart and winger Zack Kassian from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Reinhart, 21, has appeared in 17 games with Bakersfield this season, registering six points (1G, 5A) and 12 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has posted one assist and eight penalty minutes in 13 games with the Oilers this season. Kassian, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Condors this season, recording three points (2G, 1A) and 16 penalty minutes. The Windsor, Ontario native has two points (1G, 1A) and 18 penalty minutes in six games with the Oilers this season.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseMon, 01 Feb 2016 12:00:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160201_KASSREIN.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4506345063BLOG: Hall happy for John Scotthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45044Midway through the final period of the final game, the NHL announced three options to fans to vote for MVP. One was Johnny Gaudreau, one was Roberto Luongo and one was Taylor Hall. Hall was glad that in the end it was the write-in candidate that was victorious: John Scott. “We were all really happy for him and pulling for him. For him to have his family here, his wife and to win MVP. I think they can use that car. Just a great experience,” Hall stated. The Oilers winger felt that the entire experience was one to remember and in the end the tournament format lent itself to quite a bit of competitive hockey. “It was a ton of fun. The city of Nashville, their fans were awesome. Just being around the guys and being able to experience the whole all-star event was a whole lot of fun. And to win to top it off is great. “I thought we were trying pretty hard. We managed to get a few breakaways and two-on-ones. The goalies played huge. It was great to see John Scott score a couple goals and chip in.” When asked what he'll remember most from his first NHL All-Star Weekend as a participant, Hall didn't hesitate. “The win. John Scott winning MVP, being around him for the weekend and seeing what that was like. My first all-star game, I don’t think you can ever forget that.”Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 21:23:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644-hall-scott.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4504445044BLOG: Hall, Giordano and Gaudreau on being linemateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45043One of the more interesting storylines of the day was the three-man unit that Pacific Division head coach Darryl Sutter designed which had Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano and Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau skating with Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “It’s funny that Darryl put us together. Two great players," said Hall after the game. "Gaudreau makes everyone around him better and Giordano was just as competitive as a real game. It was a lot of fun playing with those guys. To score a couple goals in an all-star game was pretty cool.” Hall had two goals and an assist while Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two helpers. Gaudreau also enjoyed playing with Hall. “It was cool. We get to play against each other all the time with the Battle of Alberta and how exciting that is. It’s just nice to have him on our side for once because you can see how skilled he is,” said Gaudreau. Mark Giordano had an assist as well as the third man on the unit. He talked about Hall and Gaudreau playing together. “It was pretty impressive how much chemistry him and Johnny seemed to have right from the first shift. I don’t know how the fans reacted to it back home but it was pretty cool for tonight, to get the win.”Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 21:17:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644scotthall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4504345043BLOG: Hall's Pacific Division edges Atlantic 1-0http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45021Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 19:55:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644hallstar2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4502145021BLOG: Hall's two goals lifts Pacific to 9-6 winhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45020Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 18:37:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644scott.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4502045020BLOG: Atlantic defeats Metropolitan 4-3 in Game 1http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45019Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 17:44:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644mtropolitan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4501945019BLOG: How today's All-Star Game will workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45017The NHL has released details of how today's three-on-three tournament will work. They are as follows: The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament. The new format will divide the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with star players from each Division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Players are facing off for a winner-take-all $1 million prize. Each game will be 20 minutes in length. Teams will change ends at the 10-minute mark of each game. Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout. The Eastern Conference won the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and elected to play the first game today. Accordingly, the Atlantic Division All-Stars (wearing black) will face the Metropolitan Division All-Stars (wearing white) in the first of the two semifinal games, followed by Central Division All-Stars (wearing black) against the Pacific Division All-Stars (wearing white) in the second semifinal. Other notable rules include: * All NHL Rules apply to each game. * Each game will be 20 minutes in length, with two 10-minute periods per game. * There will be a hard whistle at the 10-minute mark of each game. At this time, teams and goalies will change ends. * Video Review will be used to confirm all goals. NHL Hockey Operations will initiate any potential coach’s challenge reviews. * All minor penalties will be one-minute in length. Manpower advantages during these penalties will reflect current NHL Rules, where at no time will a team have less than three players on the ice – this may require a fourth and/or fifth skater to be added. * Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout using current NHL shootout rules. * All three games will be officiated by referees Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh, and linesman Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody.Marc CiampaSun, 31 Jan 2016 14:07:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644_allstarroom.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4501745017BLOG: Hall tops Karlsson in Fastest Skaterhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45027Taylor Hall won his heat in the Fastest Skater event at the NHL Skills Competition with a time of 13.654, defeating Ottawa's Erik Karlsson. It was an even race until Karlsson stumbled and got spun around on the final turn, resulting in lost time for the Sens defenceman. Hall didn't expect the format to be the way it was where he had to battle Karlsson directly. “I didn’t expect that. Kind of find out right before the event. It was still fun to go out there and to see the record being broke. That was pretty cool. He can fly,” Hall said after the competition. Hall was the only Western Conference skater to win, with the other three heats going to the East. Dylan Larkin also broke Mike Gartner's 20-year-old record of 13.3, coming in at 13.1 in his final full-rink lap. After the Fastest Skater event, East had a 5-1 lead over West. Overall, Hall had the fourth-fastest time among all skaters. Hall also passed the puck in the one-timer challenge as part of the relay. He fed pucks to Shea Weber, Drew Doughty and Corey Perry. It took them a shade under 45 seconds to complete the task. In the Shootout event, Hall did not score on either of his two attempts on Capitals netminder Braden Holtby. One of the highlights of the night was the Breakaway event, where Brent Burns was dressed in a Chewbacca mask and P.K. Subban dressed up as Jaromir Jagr among other antics. “I thought that was hilarious. The crowd was amazing tonight and really boosted everyone. Sometimes that breakaway challenge can be a little bit corny but I was laughing the whole time. It was great,” said Hall.Marc CiampaSat, 30 Jan 2016 21:13:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644-hall1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4502745027BLOG: Hall walks the red carpet prior to Skillshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45013A newer tradition that has been added to the NHL All-Star Game in recent years is having the players walk the red carpet prior to arrival at the rink for the NHL Skills Competition. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did it last year in Columbus and Jordan Eberle in 2012 in Ottawa. This time it was Taylor Hall's turn. “I think it’s a really good experience. Being able to walk the red carpet isn’t something you get to do every day. Trying to soak it all in and have fun,” Hall began, adding that he's really enjoyed his time so far in the Music City. “Nashville’s a great city. The weather’s been great. A lot of fan support and being able to do stuff like this is pretty cool,” he continued. “Having fun with it.” Hall's mom, aunt and cousin have all joined him here in Nashville. The Oilers winger added that he's glad he's been able to share this experience with them. “That’s one of the best thing is having family here and having them experience it.”Marc CiampaSat, 30 Jan 2016 16:44:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644hallredcarpet.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4501345013BLOG: Hall taking part in three Skills eventshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45006Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be taking part in three different events at the Skills Competition on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He will be one of four players for the Western Conference in Fastest Skater and will also be taking part in the Shootout as well as passing pucks in Shooting Accuracy. The other three skating alongside Hall in Fastest Skater will be: Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, Colorado's Matt Duchene and Nashville's Roman Josi.Marc CiampaFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:40:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644hallfast2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4500645006BLOG: Hall talks All-Star at Media Dayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=45008Taylor Hall spoke to the media at NHL All-Star Media Day on Friday at Bridgestone Arena. Having just got into Nashville yesterday late afternoon, he hasn't had a whole lot of time but has taken advantage of his time so far. “It’s something I’m very proud of. Just seeing all the guys, being around here and being recognized for your efforts is fun. I’m going to soak it in,” said Hall, adding that he has family coming in later today. Hall was asked about the three-on-three format, which is a first for the NHL. Pacific Division, with six forwards, three defencemen and two goaltenders will face off against the Central Division in a 20-minute game where each team will play three skaters aside. The winning team will then play the winner of Atlantic vs. Metropolitan. The winner of the final 20-minute game will split $100,000 between the 11 participants. “I’m actually really excited to play the three-on-three,” said Hall. “I think it’s going to be a good experience. It’s going to be fast. I don’t know about the other guys, but I’m going to try pretty hard. I’m excited for the whole thing.” It being Hall's first game where he's actually playing — he was a rookie who just did Skills Competition in Raleigh in 2011 — he's trying to embrace every moment of the weekend. “I always remember Wayne Gretzky saying — I don’t remember how many all-star games he went to — but he always said it was such a great experience and he was honoured to be around guys. I feel the same way. It’s really fun to be here and I’m proud.” Hall is also excited to get to spend some time in Nashville. A very underrated NHL city, "Nash Vegas" is known for its live music and vibrant nightlife. “Just hitting the town a bit last night, seeing what the whole vibe is, it’s been fun. When you hear the game is in Nashville you get excited about that. It’s certainly a lot different than other cities. From what I’ve seen so far, they’re putting on a great event so it’s fun.”Marc CiampaFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644taylorhall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4500845008BLOG: Oilers claim Clendening off waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44975The Oilers have claimed defenceman Adam Clendening off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Clendening did not play a game for the Ducks after being acquired on January 15 along with David Perron in exchange for Carl Hagelin. Earlier this season he played six games for the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and had three assists. He also played nine games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and had one assist. He's played 30 career NHL games between Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Chicago with a goal and four assists for five points and a +5 rating.Marc CiampaWed, 27 Jan 2016 12:17:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160127_Clendening.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4497544975BLOG: McDavid happy to see familiar faceshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44984Connor McDavid is down with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors on conditioning loan from the Oilers during the NHL All-Star Break. While McDavid will not play any games for the Condors, he is getting more practice time in as he works his way back from the broken clavicle that has kept him away from the game since November 3. McDavid has been cleared for full contact and that’s part of the reason he’s skating down with the Condors as he tries to expose himself to that side of the game more. “Just take a couple of hits I think,” McDavid said. “I’m not sure how hard they’re going to be because it’s practice, but just take some bumps and get some contact and kind of test it out. I’ve been doing that for a little bit, but as you get closer you just want to feel confident in it.” It’s a bit of an odd situation to be participating in the Oilers Skills Competition one minute, talking to the media in Edmonton the next and then packing your gear for a trip to Bakersfield the next, just for a week of practices. But that’s what McDavid is doing now, and in addition to getting extra reps on the ice with the Condors, McDavid is happy to see some familiar faces. “I’ve been doing that a little bit, traveling with the team and practicing,” he said. “It’s a little of a different situation here, to travel so far just to get a couple practices in, but it’s good. I really like the guys down here. I know them very well just from development camp and all that. It’s good to see some of those guys again.” McDavid is familiar with several faces on the Condors from the Oilers rookie camp and pre-season. “I like these guys a lot. I’ve gotten to know them pretty good and to see some familiar faces I haven’t seen in a while is good.”Chris WescottTue, 26 Jan 2016 18:24:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160126_connor644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4498444984BLOG: Connor McDavid heads to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44922Condorstown becomes Connortown this week with the Oilers 2015 first-overall pick heading to Bakersfield, CA to skate with the Condors during the NHL All-Star Break. McDavid will not play any games this week for the Condors, but instead will skate with them and take more contact as he tries to come back from the broken clavicle that has kept him out of games since November 3. “Management and I kind of came together and agreed that I’ll go to Bakersfield and go down there and skate and keep practicing. It’s a long break between now and then,” said McDavid. The rookie centre has been cleared for full contact and hopes that with another week of intense practices he will be ready to play on February 2, when the Oilers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place. “It will be good to be in Bakersfield and to skate with those guys and have some high-intensity battles and some good battles and stuff like that.” The Condors play Tuesday, Friday and Saturday this week. They are at home until Saturday, giving McDavid plenty of ice time in Bakersfield. “The practices are a little bit more intense, with a lot of battling and stuff like that,” said McDavid. “It will be good to be involved in that and hopefully come back feeling good and ready to go for the 2nd. Obviously, with this long break, it’s not ideal to go and sit around for eight days and try to come back and feel good. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to feel good and be ready to go when I come back.” McDavid has already been training with some contact, but that turns up a notch this week.Chris WescottSun, 24 Jan 2016 16:34:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644mcd.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4492244922BLOG: McDavid’s first skills competitionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44921Connor McDavid was one of a few players who got to take in their first Oilers Skills Competition presented by Rogers. The rookie participated in the 3-on-3 game, the shootout and accuracy challenges. He went 4-for-6 in the accuracy shooting, and saw a wicked shootout move fall short, in which he tried to bat the puck in out of midair. “Obviously, it’s a great event,” said McDavid. “The fans were great out there. It’s fun to do these kinds of events for the fans. I think the guys enjoyed it as well.” Skating at Rexall Place in front of a sold-out crowd was a nice change of pace for McDavid, who has been recovering from a broken clavicle since November 3. “I couldn’t be more excited to come back and today was a little bit of a tease almost,” said McDavid. “It was dressed up like a game, the fans were there, everyone is acting like it’s a game, so it was almost like a tease. It’s exciting to be back on the ice with the guys and the fans, and I’m excited about it.”Chris WescottSun, 24 Jan 2016 16:33:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151222_YoungStars.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4492144921Oilers assign three to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44900The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned defenceman Brad Hunt and Griffin Reinhart, as well as winger Zack Kassian to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Hunt, 27, has registered 23 points (6G, 17A) and eight penalty minutes in 26 games with the Condors this season. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native has appeared in seven games with the Oilers, posting two penalty minutes. Reinhart, 21, has appeared in 14 games with Bakersfield this season, registering five points (1G, 4A) and 12 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has posted one assist and eight penalty minutes in 13 games with the Oilers this season. Kassian, 25, has appeared in four games with Bakersfield this season, recording one goal and six penalty minutes. The Windsor, Ontario native has two points (1G, 1A) and 18 penalty minutes in six games with the Oilers this season.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseSun, 24 Jan 2016 13:04:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/gallery/2016/01/575098_1453434030647.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4490044900BLOG: McLellan on team at the breakhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44898Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan is like any bench boss around the league. He hates seeing his team lose. Edmonton has dropped three straight, and sits at 19-26-5 this season, following a 4-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday night. McLellan was asked his thoughts on the team at the break and the first-year Oilers coach was very honest about the positives of coaching this group, while recognizing they need to continue to improve. “I enjoy this group, and I know I can speak for the rest of the staff. It’s fun to come to work. It’s not fun losing,” said McLellan. “It gets frustrating. I feel like the fans, I feel like the players do too, but this is a fun group. They come to the rink prepared to get better. They want to get better. They’re tired of wallowing and losing. There’s not many nights I’ve had to run in there and yell and scream and swing and kick things around because their intent or effort isn’t there. They’ve been strong that way. “We have to get deeper in a lot of areas of our game. Tonight was a prime example. As soon as we got one line going and they target (Benoit) Pouliot and (Jordan) Eberle and (Nail Yakupov) immediately, they score early. Then we need to juggle our lines around again. We need to get deeper as an organization. We need to upgrade in a lot of different areas, whether it is strength, size, but also skill level, quarterback on the power play and things like that. We know that, but I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. I know we’re going to get better. I know we are better right now, and I know we’re going to get better.” An injured Oilers club heads into a long All-Star Break following their annual Skills Competition presented by Rogers tomorrow at Rexall Place.Chris WescottSun, 24 Jan 2016 01:27:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp-mclellan-chalk.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4489844898BLOG: Reinhart draws praise in returnhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44897On Saturday, Griffin Reinhart played his first game for the Oilers since November 25. The defenceman was playing down in the American Hockey League for the Bakersfield Condors when he was recalled ahead of the Oilers game against the Nashville Predators. Disappointed as many young players are with his assignment to the AHL, Reinhart worked his way back, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. “It was good,” said Reinhart. “I mean, you look at the way Leon and Darnell, when they went down and came up, they had that extra jump in their game. They were frustrated. They wanted to be here, and they proved they can play here. I was down there a little bit longer and that’s what I want to do as well.” While the Oilers lost 4-1 to the Predators, Reinhart drew praise from Head Coach Todd McLellan. The defenceman finished the game leading his team in hits with five (Eric Gryba also had five) and shots with four. He recorded his first point of the season, with an assist on Draisaitl’s goal. “I liked Griff’s game tonight,” said the coach. “He defended well, he jumped up into the play, he had some good scoring chances, he was assertive. He played hard, and I was impressed with his game. The good thing about it is there’s always internal competition, and he’s throwing himself back in the mix. There’s going to be other guys. Davy is going to get healthy, then Klef’s going to get healthy on that backend. I like that. I like when we have guys pushing each other, rather than just showing up knowing their going to play.” Reinhart was unsure as to the next step for him following the game, but he was left hungry for more heading into the NHL All-Star Break. “I’m not sure what the plan is here, whether I’m going to go down and play some more games in Bakersfield, but whatever they do with me right now I am motivated and I want to play here night in and night out and show what I can do,” Reinhart said.Chris WescottSun, 24 Jan 2016 01:18:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644grif.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4489744897BLOG: Oilers recall Reinharthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44868The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled defenceman Griffin Reinhart from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Reinhart, 21, has appeared in 14 games with Bakersfield this season, registering five points (1G, 4A) and 12 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has appeared in 12 games with the Oilers this season, posting eight penalty minutes. In 20 career NHL games he has recorded one assist and 14 penalty minutes. The Oilers also announced defenceman Brandon Davidson has been placed on Injured Reserve.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 22 Jan 2016 11:14:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/644reinhart.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4486844868BLOG: Ference out for the seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44830The Oilers announced on Thursday morning that defenceman Andrew Ference will be out for the season after undergoing hip surgery. Ference has been on injured reserve for the majority of the season due to the nagging hip injury.Marc CiampaThu, 21 Jan 2016 11:47:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/02/FerenceBroll0219.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4483044830BLOG: Kassian rewarded with first pointshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44827Four games into his Oilers career, winger Zack Kassian is settling in with his new squad and starting to produce. Kassian, acquired from Montreal in exchange for goalie Ben Scrivens on Dec. 28, scored his first points with the Oilers on Tuesday night during their 6-4 road loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound power forward battled his way to the net and banged home a rebound from a shot by Iiro Pakarinen for Edmonton’s first goal of the game. Kassian then picked up the second assist on Leon Draisaitl’s third-period tally, as he passed the puck to Taylor Hall in the neutral zone before Hall fed Draisaitl on a two-on-one rush. While Kassian would have rather had his first Oilers points come in a victory, he was pleased to get on the scoresheet. “It’s always nice to get the first one out of the way, but it feels a lot better when you come back in with a win,” he said post-game. “Personally, it feels good. Obviously, I’ve been through a lot, but my main goal now is to just try to get wins.” “Been through a lot” was a reference to his rocky start to the season, as he was acquired by the Canadiens from Vancouver in exchange for Brandon Prust on July 1, but never ended up playing for the Habs. Kassian entered the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision in October. He’s embraced his fresh start with the Oilers, averaging between 14:23 and 16:07 TOI in his four games, accumulating 18 hits and eight SOG. “I feel good,” Kassian said. “It’s just a matter of making smart plays and continuing to do what I’m doing.” The Oilers coaches have noticed him getting more comfortable, and they’re quickly seeing his value in their lineup. “Zack’s a pretty honest player,” Todd McLellan said. “He wants to do things well. He wants to do things right. His ability to power his way through and play physical is important. It was nice to see him get rewarded with a goal… As time goes on here, I can see myself and the coaching staff trusting him more and more.”Ryan FranksonWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:25:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/505739028_crop1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4482744827BLOG: Oilers recall Klinkhammerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44761The Oilers have recalled Rob Klinkhammer from the Bakersfield Condors, and have placed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on IR. Klinkhammer has one goal in 13 games with the Oilers this season. In three games down in Bakersfield, he has three goals and an assist. Nugent-Hopkins injured his hand last night in the Oilers 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The centre is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, per Head Coach Todd McLellan.Chris WescottTue, 19 Jan 2016 19:18:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150328_klink.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4476144761BLOG: The great shot-block debatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44765On Monday night in Sunrise, the Oilers lost one of their top forwards as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffered a hand injury while blocking a Panthers point shot with his glove. On Tuesday morning in Tampa, Head Coach Todd McLellan announced the centremen had returned to Edmonton for examination and will be sidelined six to eight weeks. RNH’s unfortunate injury has flared up the debate around shot-blocking, from its purpose, to its technique, to which players should be doing it. “It’s an occupational hazard of how young players block shots now,” Coach McLellan said. “You have to give every one of them credit for wanting to be in the lane and establishing the fact that they’re willing to do it. But the way young players block shots now, they lower their hands to the ice and in that range. We’re going to see more and more hand injuries. Not just the Oilers, the whole league.” The bench boss said shot-blocking used to be a horizontal body approach, rather than vertical. “Players used to come out, lay down and line their shin pads up,” he said. “Now, you come out and go down to one knee and you open up your hands. Players are putting themselves in that situation, but you’ve got to give them credit for wanting to block them.” The coach added RNH was a victim of circumstance in a way. His injury occurred during an Oilers penalty kill, while he was filling in for Lauri Korpikoski, who, ironically enough, blocked a shot on Saturday vs. Calgary and injured his foot. Korpikoski won’t play on Tuesday in Tampa Bay either but could return Thursday in Dallas.Ryan FranksonTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:16:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4476544765BLOG: Chiarelli confident in sample sizehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44720Cam Talbot has played just 83 NHL games in his career, but the Oilers felt confident with that sample size to ink the netminder to a three-year extension. Talbot, who was acquired at the draft in a trade with the New York Rangers, has gotten hot as of late. He has started 10 of the Oilers last 12 games, and has a .949 save percentage in his last five. Signing him to an extension was not based solely on his performance as of late, which is only one of the factors in determining that course of action. “I judge it not just over this last stretch, where he’s been very good, but from what I’ve seen before,” said Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. “At the start of the year, he had a down stretch. What really impressed me about Cam was he was able to work through it. I saw his practices. I saw him working on a number of different things when he wasn’t playing. To be a number one goalie, you have to have the demeanour, you have to have the resiliency, the mental toughness to get through those gaps because you’re not going to be playing like a number one goalie all the time. Over a long period of time, you will. That really impressed me about Cam. Of course, he’s been playing terrific lately as well.” Chiarelli concedes that some “pundits” may not believe Talbot’s sample size is big enough, but what he has shown to the Oilers and Chiarelli not just this season but the entirety of his career was enough to make a longer comittment to the previously pending UFA. “Certainly, there are pundits that will say he’s only played x-number of games, but our job is to make decisions based on information we’ve had from the past and basically through experience and we felt comfortable with Cam, for one, acquiring him for two draft picks and two, signing him,” said Chiarelli. “There’s no magical sample size. I’ve had experience before with goalies with a lot less or in and around the same sample size, and committing to them. Tim Thomas is one. They’ve matured at a later age. That’s certainly a case with Cam and we feel confident. His character, his work ethic, the technical and athletic side of his game, all kind of fall into place for us. His win-loss record isn’t great, but I’m discounting that because I see other other areas of his game that have been very good.”Chris WescottSun, 17 Jan 2016 19:18:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/06/20150628_satherchia.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4472044720BLOG: Locking up Talbot helps with depthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44719Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has overhauled the franchise’s goalie depth. Both of the netminders, Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson, who are playing for the Oilers currently were brought in by Chiarelli. Eetu Laurikainen down in the AHL was also brought in after Chiarelli signed on this past April. “We’re slowly pecking away at it,” Chiarelli said of the club’s depth at the goalie position. With Talbot playing well and signing a three-year extension on Sunday, Nilsson performing well during a stretch earlier this season and Laurent Brossoit having an All-Star season in the AHL, things are looking up at that position for the Oilers. “I feel better about it by having Cam under contract,” said Chiarelli. “For a stretch there, Anders was carrying the mail for us. Laurent has had a terrific year in the American League, he’s in the All-Star Game. Laurikainen has been back and forth between Europe and here and he’s got to get his game going, but I feel better about it. It’s still a work in progress, but I feel better about it by having Cam under contract.”Chris WescottSun, 17 Jan 2016 19:16:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/TALBOT_644X396.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4471944719Oilers recall Hunthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44682The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled defenceman Brad Hunt from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. Hunt, 27, has appeared in six games with the Oilers this season, posting two penalty minutes. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native has 23 points (6G, 17A) and eight penalty minutes in 26 games with the Condors this season.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 15 Jan 2016 18:27:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/12/Brad-Hunt.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4468244682Yakupov activated, Hunt assignedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44664The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have activated winger Nail Yakupov from Injured Reserve. The Oilers have also assigned defenceman Brad Hunt to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors. Hunt, 27, has 23 points (6G, 17A) and eight penalty minutes in 26 games with the Condors this season.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:32:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160113_yak1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4466444664Klinkhammer on waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44612The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have placed winger Rob Klinkhammer on waivers for the purpose of assignment. Klinkhammer, 29, has appeared in 13 games with the Oilers this season, recording one goal and four penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 14 Jan 2016 12:23:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150328_klink.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4461244612Wednesday audio and Video from San Josehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44634Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 19:50:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160113_yak1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463444634BLOG: Yak is backhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44638Nail Yakupov is expected to make his return from an ankle injury tomorrow against San Jose. The Oilers winger has missed 21 games, sitting out since November 27. “I expect him to play,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “That could certainly change when he comes off the ice or if things havent gone well medically, but all indications are he’s real close to playing.” Yakupov skated with Anton Lander and Zack Kassian at practice, however McLellan said not to read into the lines as there could be changes ahead of the game.Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 18:34:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/hopkinsyakupov306.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463844638BLOG: Kassian welcomed with open armshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44637Zack Kassian probably wasn’t too worried about meeting his new teammates when he received word the Oilers had recalled him from the Condors. Already, down in Bakersfield, Kassian felt welcomed and was excited to contribute. “It was a great group of guys down there, great coaching staff and really nice facilities,” said Kassian. “I was more than excited to get the opportunity to go down there and start playing again. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.” Now that he’s up with Edmonton, Kassian says the big club has welcomed him in the same way. “The whole team came up to me and welcomed me with open arms,” he said. “That’s the way the hockey community is. It’s tough to find a bad guy in the league. Everyone knows what people go through with trades. Every team I’ve been on has been very supportive and very open.” Kassian was acquired from Montreal in a trade in December.Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 18:28:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160113_kassian2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463744637BLOG: Kassian fit, but needs repshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44636As a part of the whole process in getting back to the NHL, Zack Kassian has kept himself in good shape. He passed the fitness testing and is four games into his season, having played down in the AHL with Bakersfield. “I feel good,” said Kassian. “Obviously, with the hands, I’ve only played four games. All-in-all, I feel really good. I did some fitness testing and did well in that. I’m just excited to get into games.” Kassian’s excitement will almost certainly provide a boost tomorrow against San Jose, but that can only take a player so far. He may need some time to get back up to NHL game speed. However, Kassian’s familiarity with the conference and the league could help him feel it out quicker. “He’s got NHL experience in all these buildings,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He played out in the Western Conference a lot, he understands his opponent. He’s mature. He knows enough to know what to expect and he’s in tremendous condition. Now, is his timing and awareness at the NHL level elite yet? He’s got to play to get that.”Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 18:27:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160113_kassian3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463644636BLOG: Kassian could bring what Oilers are looking forhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44635Always looking for ways to improve, the Oilers recalled Zack Kassian. Head Coach Todd McLellan was asked if the team’s three straight losses accelerated the call-up schedule for Kassian, who has played just four games down in Bakersfield. The coach said he’s not sure about that, but knows Kassian can bring characteristics the club wants. “We’re always trying to get better,” said McLellan. “Do we do it if we’d won five or six in a row? I don’t know. With the situation we’re in, we’re trying to get better and we think he has size, strength and some abrasiveness to his game, but he also has puck skills. Those are things we’re looking for as a team right now and perhaps he can provide that earlier than we thought he might.”Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 18:26:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160112_Kassian.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463544635BLOG: Oilers take the ice at Wednesday practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44632The Oilers have hit the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose. Zack Kassian is among the forwards skating, wearing white. Stay tuned for more from San Jose.Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 15:10:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151218_practice3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4463244632BLOG: Oilers recall Kassianhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44624The Oilers have recalled forward Zack Kassian from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.Chris WescottWed, 13 Jan 2016 12:15:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160113_kassian1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4462444624BLOG: Hendricks suspended three gameshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44566Marc CiampaMon, 11 Jan 2016 23:44:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160110_PHYSICAL.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4456644566Video & audio from Monday's practice in Leduchttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44534edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:19:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-mclellan-hall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4453444534BLOG: Getting to the blue painthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44542The Edmonton team hit the rink in Leduc on Monday to work out a few kinks and run some drills before their flight to Arizona. “We’re not scoring, I think that’s the biggest thing,” said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. “We worked on some stuff today. I think more than anything just trying to not focus on being in the same position, trying to get roaming a bit and create some stuff. I know we have some skill on the team to put the puck in the net on the power play and we have had some success… but I think when you get in a game like that, it’s a tight-checking game, you’ve got four opportunities, you’ve got to be able to score and win the game.” Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan reiterated Eberle’s comments. “It’s hard to score at this time of year. You’re either seeing games that are 7-1 or 1-0, 2-1. It either gets away on teams or it stays tight,” said McLellan. “For me we had some good looks last night against Florida, including on the power play, now that we reviewed the game and it didn’t go in for us. I think we’ve got to be a little more determined in and around the blue paint… We’ve worked a lot on it, tried to improve in certain areas and for us to have success we’ve obviously got to score more than one a night but in the same breath I think we could have prevented two of those goals yesterday.” The Oilers will face the Coyotes on Tuesday night for their third matchup of the season. Each team has won one on home ice thus far.Meg TilleyMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:15:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/644camp-eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4454244542BLOG: Oilers prepare to hit the roadhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44539The Oilers prepare to hit the road for a two-game Pacific Division trip, but before leaving they’ve got some work to do to gear up for the games ahead. “We struggled on the road this year, we want to pick our game up a little bit. It’s a tough couple of games at home to finish off, maybe deserved a better result but that’s not the way the league works,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall following Monday’s pre-flight practice in Leduc. While the Oilers fell victim to some bad-luck bounces in their 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday, they were also unhappy with their execution. On Sunday, the Oilers fell 2-1 to the Panthers in a physical, penalty-filled affair on home ice. They battled hard and didn’t make it easy for the Florida team to clinch their 12th straight win. The Oilers are 5-14-2 away from Rexall Place this season. They play the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday and San Jose Sharks on Thursday. “We’re going on the road — where we struggle — but it’s a chance to get that confidence back,” Hall said. “There’s a lot of really good things to take away from those [last two] games. Unfortunately they don’t give you points for good games. I thought we showed a lot of resilience. I think we came together pretty well as a team against Florida so those are some good traits.”Meg TilleyMon, 11 Jan 2016 15:02:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4453944539BLOG: Monday updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44536The Oilers have hit the ice in Leduc. No one who played last night is absent. Pakarinen is wearing dark blue with the top six forwards, while Pouliot is skating in white. Stay tuned for full video coverage after practice.Meg TilleyMon, 11 Jan 2016 12:44:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-schultz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4453644536BLOG: Oilers answer the bellhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44544The level of physicality in Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers may have surprised some. The number of hits, fights, and tough physical play was high. Head Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with how the Oilers answered after the opening frame. “It wasn’t very hard in the first period, and then we finally decided we were going to at least engage a little bit. Then the game became hard, which was good for us to play in,” said McLellan. Eric Gryba landed two big hits on Corban Knight, the first of which resulted in a fight with Nick Bjugstad. Matt Hendricks levelled Aaron Ekblad behind the net, which didn’t draw a penalty, but drew anger from the Panthers. Hendricks fought Logan Shaw after that, his second scrap of the game after an earlier bout with Alex Petrovic. “I thought that’s as good a response to physicality I’ve seen from our team this year and probably in my seven years in San Jose when we played Edmonton,” said McLellan. Taylor Hall was checked hard at centre by Erik Gudbranson. While that hit didn’t spark certain fireworks, McLellan approved of the response. “I thought it was excellent,” said the coach. “I thought we went and played physical after that. I thought it was great. If you think we’re going to jump off the bench and run after him and jump him, it’s not happening. That’s not the way the game is played anymore. After that, I thought we were physical.” All in all, the Oilers managed to limit the Panthers shots on net and keep up physically with a team that is hot right now. Unfortunately, the Oilers dropped the 2-1 decision. “I thought we were aggressive. We kept the team that has 12 wins (in a row) now, I think we gave up 14 shots at the end of the night. Lost the game, not happy about it. We attempted 68 at their net. I thought we answered the physical bell.”Chris WescottMon, 11 Jan 2016 01:35:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20150110_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4454444544BLOG: Just fell shorthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44545The Oilers seemed to be coming back. They outshot the Panthers 14-2 in the second period, after falling behind 2-1 in the first. They were hitting and playing physical and logging zone time. Unfortunately, that fizzled away toward the end of the game as Florida sat back in protection mode. “I thought we were attacking until about seven minutes or six minutes left in the game,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “They went to a real good, solid, five guys back, stack up the red line. We had trouble coming through it. There was a sense of frustration that seeped into our game. They’ve won 12 because they have the ability to do that. They do a good job of it.” The Oilers and Panthers tied for seven shots a piece in the third. Florida blocked 23 shots for the game.Chris WescottMon, 11 Jan 2016 01:28:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160110_ph3-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4454544545Video and audio from Saturday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44487edmontonoilers.com staffSat, 09 Jan 2016 16:15:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151012_prac6443.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4448744487BLOG: McDavid to return after all-star breakhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44493It’s for the best. That’s what Oilers centre Connor McDavid has reiterated after Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said that the 2015 number-one-draft-pick’s return won’t be until after the All-Star break. “I think that’s kind of to be expected,” said McDavid. “I mean originally they said four months [to heal]. So to come back before the All-Star break, I think would be rushing it a little bit too much…I think it just gives myself an extra couple of days, even a week, to get some extra bone healing and get ready to play.” It’s with mixed emotions that McDavid admits the extended weeks of healing will be good for him in the long run, but McLellan explained that this timeline makes the most sense for the rookie. “We’ve got, maybe the strangest All-Star break in the history of the league,” said the bench boss. “We’ve got an Olympic break versus an All-Star break and that break happens in 13 days I think, or 14 days for us. We’ve determined that Connor’s not physically ready to play between now and then. And if he was on day 13 or 14, in our opinion, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to play him for one night and then give him the next 10 days off.” The 18-year-old has been out on the ice and skating with his teammates these past few weeks, participating in drills and looking forward to his own return. “You want to play as soon as possible but at the end of the day, you’ve got to play when it’s safe,” he said. “It’s a little bit frustrating when you feel good and you want to play, but like I keep saying, it’s for the best and it’ll just give me extra time to heal.”Meg TilleySat, 09 Jan 2016 16:15:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644mcd.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4449344493BLOG: Oilers paw-fect redemption?http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44495It’s a quick turnaround for the Oilers as they shake off yesterday’s loss and prepare to face another visiting Florida team. With the Panthers on an 11-game winning streak, Edmonton wants to be the ones to stop them in their tracks. “Every time you face a team that’s on a winning streak you want to be that team to beat them and it’s definitely very exciting for us and we’re going to do whatever we can to beat them,” said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl. Slowly but surely, injured players have been making their way back into the line-up — with Iiro Pakarinen being the most recent return. But the absence of others, such as Oscar Klefbom, is still felt across the board. “The team’s missed his absence,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Without a doubt, Oscar means that much to our team. We’re talking about a guy that’s played 100 NHL games — it’s hard to believe that…He’s very capable playing a number of different situations and I guess the depressing part about Oscar is that we thought we’d have him back in week one, because of his upper body injury, which we would of. Then this strange thing happens and he’s still not skating so we keep hoping and kind of getting turned back at the door.” In efforts to secure a win, Draisaitl said that it’s important the Oilers are consistent and maintain control with their puck possession. “I think they really feed off of turnovers so we have to make sure we manage the puck well and stick to our game plan and I think that the rest will fall into place.”Meg TilleySat, 09 Jan 2016 16:13:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4449544495BLOG: Last night's resultshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44494It was rough going for the Oilers after their 2-0 lead turned around in the third period and resulted in a 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Friday. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan admits that it was a rough aftermath for the team. “Today was a tough day for our group for a number of different reasons. One, we lost, we had a two-goal lead in the third period and everybody feels that a little bit,” said McLellan. “But, there was [also] some sense of confusion a little bit between ‘Why did it happen?’ And a lot of us, myself included, threw the hockey gods — if you will — into the equation and that we scored three on our own net.” Beyond figuring out the Oilers faux pas during the game, or why the fates may have been against the Edmonton team’s success, McLellan said that regardless of the result, there were decisions that were made (or not) that still needed review. “We did some things in that game that are a little uncharacteristic of us lately, as far as sorting out the rush and giving out unnumbered rushes and that type of stuff,” he said. “They’re situational plays that we have to make better decisions on and maybe even be more aggressive on — if we’re going, let’s go. Let’s not get caught in-between, if we’re clearing the puck let’s clear it.”Meg TilleySat, 09 Jan 2016 15:56:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4449444494BLOG: Saturday updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44489The oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. The forward lines remain the same, with the defencemen rotating who they're paired with through drills. Lines are as follows: Hall-Drasaitl-Purcell Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski Klinkhammer-Lander-Pakarinen Luke Gazdic is with Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov who are in light blue. Stay tuned for more updates, as well as video coverage from the skate.edmontonoilers.com staffSat, 09 Jan 2016 13:36:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151205_practice5.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4448944489BLOG: Bishop on Tampa Bayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44456Tampa Bay is ready to strike, prepared to skate hard in a 60-minute bout for victory. “I think, obviously, that we’ve had some injuries but you don’t want to use it as an excuse,” said Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. “You have capable guys that come up and can fill spots for us, you know you can’t use it as an excuse, kind of reaching down deep and have that will to win and win every night.” After a loss in Calgary on Tuesday, the Lightning are looking for a win over Edmonton to add to their 9-8-3 road record. “[Edmonton’s] a really good team,” said Bishop. “They have a lot of skilled guys up front so they can be very dangerous, you’ve got to know where they are at all times — you want them to play in their own end. They’ve got so much skill so if they’re in your offensive zone most of the game you’re probably in trouble.”Meg TilleyFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:01:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2010/12/121010_TBL_EDM_hallT.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4445644456Oilers assign Khaira to Bakersfieldhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44469The Oilers have assigned forward Jujhar Khaira to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. Khaira, 21, played 12 games for Edmonton on his call-up, recording two assists and seven penalty minutes. Khaira has seven points (3-4-7) in 16 games for the Condors this season.edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151205_Khaira.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4446944469Video and audio from Thursday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44437edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:23:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4443744437BLOG: McLellan on Oilers road performancehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44467There’s a preconceived notion that when a team travels, they’re less likely to achieve the winning results they want. Lack of home fans, lack of home-ice advantage and lack of a familiar environment are just a few of the reasons as to how a team can be affected when on the road. Throw in travelling in-between games played and that can really interrupt a pattern. “We’ve got to get better as a road team,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. Though the home record is, in McLellan’s opinion, “A little above average,” it’s the road record that needs to improve. The Oilers are currently 5-13-2 on the road this season, compared to 2-10-7 at this time last year. Unfortunately, there isn’t a written rule or a math formula for quick fixes to generate greater team outcomes on the road, it’s more of a feeling out process. “[At home] we get more of a opportunity to match up the way we want, I think first of all,” said McLellan. “Two, the comfort of playing in our own environment and surroundings certainly helps. We feel the fans behind us, and that can create some energy for us. We’ve played a better overall team game at home too, so that probably lends itself to having a better home record…but we’ve been poor on the road, so that’s the big swing.Meg TilleyThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:20:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151205_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4446744467BLOG: Hall on Oilers at homehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44466It’s a different team, simple as that. New players, new coaches and a newly invigorated fan atmosphere, and now the Oilers have generated a new outcome as a result. With a 12-7-1 home record this season, Oilers forward Taylor Hall says he feels it can be attributed to a lot of these changes. “We just seem more comfortable, it seems like we start games a lot better,” he said. “We don’t wait for the other team to come in here and dictate how the game’s going to go, we just kind of go and play, and it’s been a lot of fun to play here, especially it being the last year [in this building].” Compared to this same time last year, the Oilers had a 7-13-2 record. “I just think overall as a team we’re a better team,” said Hall. “We have better fundamentals and our identity seems to come through at home a little bit more.”Meg TilleyThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:18:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/11/20151117_practice2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4446644466BLOG: Brossoit and Hunt named AHL All-Starshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44439Two players in the Oilers system have been named to the AHL Pacific Division All-Star roster. Defenceman Brad Hunt and goaltender Laurent Brossoit have each earned the nod. Hunt, 27, is currently up with the Oilers after beginning the season with the Bakersfield Condors. The blueliner has 23 points (6-17-23) in 26 AHL games this season, which is good for second on the Oilers farm team in scoring. Hunt is now a three-time AHL All-Star, having been selected in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. He was named to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2014-15. Brossoit, 22, earns the first AHL All-Star honours of his career. The goalie has played 18 games for the Condors this season, posting a 2.52 GAA and .928 save percentage. He is 10-5-3 with three shutouts. The Oilers goalie prospect ranks fifth in the AHL in save percentage and is tied for fourth in shutouts.Chris WescottThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20150107_allstarahl.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4443944439BLOG: Thursday updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44438The Oilers have taken the ice for practice on Thursday at Rexall Place. Matt Hendricks, who missed yesterday’s practice (non-injury related), is back today. Jujhar Khaira is with Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov in light blue. Stay tuned for more updates, as well as video coverage from the skate.Chris WescottThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:24:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-drai-yak.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4443844438Video and audio from Wednesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44405edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:16:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160106_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4440544405BLOG: Hall "honoured" by All-Star nodhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44416There is no doubt Taylor Hall is deserving of being selected to attend the 2016 All-Star Weekend at the end of the month in Nashville. “I’m excited,” said Hall. “It’s an honour. It’s something I’m very proud of. It’s just going to be really fun to be included in a group of guys like that. It’s been a pretty good first half with some help from some really good linemates and some coaching that I’ve had this season. It’s been a lot of fun.” Hall leads the Oilers in points (41), goals (16) and assists (25) halfway through the season. His linemate, Leon Draisaitl, has seen just how effective Hall can be when he is at the top of his game. “He’s one of the best wingers in the world right now and there’s no one who deserves it more than him,” Draisailt said of Hall’s selection.Chris WescottWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:15:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151222_Hall.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4441644416BLOG: Oilers’ Finns celebrate WJC winhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44413There were a pair of happy Finns in the Oilers locker room on Wednesday after their home nation won gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship on Tuesday. “It was a really good game overall,” said Turku native Lauri Korpikoski, all smiles. In a tense and thrilling climax, Finland scored the game-winning goal 1:33 into the overtime period, securing a 4-3 victory over Russia. “That was great,” added Iiro Pakarinen, whose hometown is Loviisa. “Unbelievable games they played, all those playoff games they did, all those overtime games — yesterday I was waiting the whole day and watching the game. It was a great, great hockey game — and Russia was good too — it could have gone either way.” With the Finns leading 3-2, Russia pulled their goalie with 43 seconds left in the third, scoring the equalizer with 6.4 seconds left on the clock. “Well obviously it’s a tough goal, when they score like that,” said Korpikoski. “We were obviously waiting for the party to start. But again the overtime winner was good too, so like I said, I think it was an even game, both teams played well, but I think Finns had a little bit of an edge and got the better of them, so it was good.” Both Korpikoski and Pakarinen have had their go at the World Juniors with the Finnish team. Korpikoski played in 2005 (placing fifth) and again in 2006 (winning bronze), while Pakarinen suited up in 2010 (placing fifth) and 2011 (placing sixth). “It’s great to have the boys win one on the home turf and the guys got a little party,” said Korpikoski. “It’s probably good they had the day off today — a national holiday (in Finland) — I don’t think many people would have shown up to work anyway.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:26:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160106_Finland.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4441344413BLOG: Wednesday updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44404The Oilers hit the ice for practice this morning with Pakarinen-McDavid-Yakupov participating and creating a line of injured players. Matt Hendricks is absent and still no Oscar Klefbom or Andrew Ference.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jan 2016 13:19:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4440444404BLOG: WJC - U.S. beats Sweden for Bronzehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44351The lone Oilers prospect participating in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is 2014 fourth-round pick William Lagesson. The defenceman plays for Sweden, and we will have updates on his performance as the tournament unfolds. USA 8, SWEDEN 3 It was a bitter-sweet ending to William Lagesson’s World Junior Championship run. The Oilers defensive prospect scored to pull Sweden to within one of the U.S. in the first period of the bronze medal game. However, the U.S. rallied and scored six unanswered goals before eventually downing Sweden 8-3. Lagesson drove the net and buried a rebound at 17:39 of the first, to cut the Americans’ lead to 2-1. Sweden tied the game less than a minute later with a goal from Carl Grundstrom. Unfortunately for the Swedes, that would be the end of their celebrations for the game. The United States potted six straight to take an 8-2 lead. Axel Holmstrom scored Sweden’s lone response and the Americans coasted to a bronze medal finish to the tournament. Lagesson was among the +/- leaders for the tournament. He went +7 in seven games. He finished this year’s tournament with two goals and an assist, as well as four penalty minutes and eight shots on goal.Chris WescottTue, 05 Jan 2016 13:12:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20150105_Lagesson6441.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4435144351BLOG: Oilers tame ’Caneshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44301“Well [it was] a tight game…there wasn’t a lot of chances either way,” said Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters. A scoreless game that saw both the Oilers and Hurricanes battling to get on the scoreboard, Edmonton became the eventual victor, coming away with a 1-0 overtime win over the Hurricanes. “[Edmonton] got some chances in transition when we turned it over. I thought we had a hard time making plays as the game went along. I thought we started on time but from that point on I thought we struggled with execution,” said Peters. Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots, four of which came from Hurricanes rookie Noah Hanifin, who fired two shots on net during regulation and two more in the overtime period. “He’s got a chance to be a star — simple as that,” said Peters. “He ended up with two shots in overtime, very impressive young man, very mature young man — no different from Jaccob Slavin, no different than Brett Pesce. The more we give him, the better they are so we’ll continue to build around those guys.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jan 2016 00:58:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160104_OilersCanes5.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4430144301BLOG: Overtime prowesshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44299The Oilers improved to 9-3 on the season in games that have gone beyond regulation, with their 1-0 overtime win over Carolina on Monday. Edmonton seems to have a knack for 3-on-3 overtime, and they have the skill to score in the shootout as well. Head Coach Todd McLellan touched specifically on their overtime successes after the game against Carolina. “We do have some skill,” said McLellan. “We have some guys with the ability, when they’re given space, to really hold onto the puck. They’re creative. Once you take a couple players off the ice, I don’t think size and strength is nearly as important as finesse and sense and spatial awareness and hand skills, and some of our players that have that talent really shine in those situations.” Andrej Sekera scored Monday’s game-winning goal. The defenceman has either scored or assisted on the goal in four of the Oilers six overtime wins this season.Chris WescottTue, 05 Jan 2016 00:51:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644sekerawinner.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4429944299BLOG: Sekera improvinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44300The Oilers signed Andrej Sekera to a multi-year contract in free agency this off-season and the defenceman is showing why he can be an integral part of the club’s blueline. “He is really starting to perform the way we thought he would,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Takes a little while to adjust to two things. One, from going from East to West, a new team. Sometimes when a free agent joins a new club he’s joining a mature coaching staff and a mature team and he just slides in. He had to learn, like the rest of us, how to act around each other and how to behave and how we’re going to play. It takes a little while, but he’s been very good.” Sekera, 29, is also becoming a veteran leader for the Oilers young, back-end group. “A real important one,” said McLellan. “Providing leadership and stability there. He’s a very competitive guy. He wears his heart on his sleeve so it’s good for players to see that, but he can also calm things down and make smart plays. He shows it both ways. It’s nice to have that in a leader.”Chris WescottTue, 05 Jan 2016 00:50:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-sekera.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4430044300BLOG: WJC – Semi-final rivalry sees Sweden fallhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44285It was penalty trouble that led to Sweden’s eventual 2-1 loss to Finland. It was the first time Oilers defensive prospect William Lagesson and Sweden found themselves trailing in the tournament. Though the Swedes took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a goal from forward Rasmus Asplund, it was a Swedish defensive mix-up behind the net in the second period that led to the Finns 1-1 equalizer. Two minutes later, Sweden found themselves in penalty trouble that edged the Finns in front with a 2-1 lead on power play goal from Finland’s forward Antti Kalapudas. The third period saw no scoring, with Finland outshooting Sweden 7-3. Lagesson and Team Sweden will play for a bronze medal on Tuesday at 7 a.m. (MT) and will play the loser of Russia vs. USA.Meg TilleyMon, 04 Jan 2016 12:40:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160104_Lagesson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4428544285BLOG: Oilers heel Coyoteshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44270It was a howler of an afternoon game between the Oilers and Coyotes — the first game into the New Year — that saw both teams vying for the victory. Edmonton came out on top, securing a 4-3 shootout win. Though the Coyotes have been struggling with absent players due to injuries they’ve sustained, with goaltender Mike Smith being on of them, out with a core muscle injury, Arizona’s Louis Domingue stepped up. “He was outstanding tonight,” said teammate and Coyotes forward Max Domi. “He made some huge saves and kept us in the game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull it out there in the shootout for him.” Arizona kept pace with the Oilers, matching them shot-for-shot. By the end of the second period each team had 22 shots on goal. Regardless of the loss, Domingue is appreciative of the fact he was able to help his team gain the point. “Every point matters — it was huge to get one tonight,” he said. “Of course we didn’t get the result that we wanted in the shoot out but it’s still a point and we’re going to take every point we can get, especially on the road like that.”Meg TilleySat, 02 Jan 2016 20:24:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160102_OilersCoyotes9.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4427044270BLOG: Getting Pouliot goinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44268Benoit Pouliot missed eight games due to injury in early December. Now with him back in the lineup, it’s time to get him going. There have been signs that he’s getting closer to where the Oilers want him to be. He had three goals in two games on December 27 and 29. Against Arizona on Saturday, Pouliot had five shots on goal and chipped in two points. However, it wasn’t all smiles for Pouliot in that game. A pair of penalties in the first period had Todd McLellan considering scaling back Pouliot’s ice time. In the end, he sided with continuing to push the big winger out there in hopes he’d turn the afternoon around for himself, which he inevitably did. “I’m trying to get Benny going,” said McLellan. “I think Benny is a tremendous player. I think he’s really important to our team. I talked to him yesterday and some of the things we talked about, he used tonight. Other than the penalties, I thought he was dangerous. He stripped pucks, he got in on the forecheck, he won body-position battles, he was really engaged, which was good to see. He was engaged on the bench. It was a catch-22. Do I strangle him and take that away or do I try and keep promoting his play and try to get him back in? I went the other way and maybe, hopefully, it was the right thing.” Pouliot has 17 points (8-9-17) in 31 games this season.Chris WescottSat, 02 Jan 2016 20:18:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/gallery/2015/11/552370_1448503799944.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4426844268BLOG: Second line contributionshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44269No NHL team can rely on one line to always provide the offence, which is why it is imperative the Oilers get the line of Benoit Pouliot, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle playing with the consistency they’ve shown they can achieve, particularly last season. “Obviously, we’re working as a team here,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “We need contributions from everybody, from D to forwards. Our line definitely needs to keep producing. Since the break here, we’ve done a little bit better job of it.” That line combined for five points against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. They scored one of the Oilers two goals on December 29 against the Los Angeles Kings, and combined for six points against the Calgary Flames on December 27. “It’s much better now, that’s for sure,” said Pouliot. “We’re trying to get back to what we were doing last year together. We’re finding each other a little bit more. We’re talking more too, which is nice. In the offensive zone, we know where we’re going.” Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan was happy with that line’s performance against Arizona. Eberle scored twice, while Pouliot finished the game with two assists and Nugent-Hopkins had one helper, as well as a shootout goal. “I felt confident with that line,” said McLellan. “Just that group alone, I thought was our most effective group throughout the night.”Chris WescottSat, 02 Jan 2016 20:18:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160102_OilersCoyotes9.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4426944269BLOG: Nuge’s nighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44267Todd McLellan was bullish when he talked about the performance Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had against Arizona on Saturday. “He wanted the puck tonight. He wanted it on his tape, he was ready to shoot it, guys were getting it back for him. That’s good for those three and that’s good for our team,” said the head coach. The centre finished the game with an assist and three shots on goal in 21:30 of ice time, adding a shootout tally at the end of the game to win it. He also came close to ending it in OT with a speedy rush down the right wing. “I thought Nuge had a really good game,” said McLellan. “I don’t know what anybody else thought. But standing back there, I kept wanting to put him on the ice. He battled, he stripped pucks, he created a great opportunity for (Jordan Eberle) on the (game-tying goal) and I felt confident with him.” Nugent-Hopkins has four assists in his last four games. “There’s been games where I could have had a few but didn’t get the bounces and a few where it’s kind of gone the other way too,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “You’ve just got to try to stay positive.”Chris WescottSat, 02 Jan 2016 20:17:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/644rnhwiner.pnghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4426744267BLOG: WJC - Sweden routs Slovakiahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44220The Swedes stayed perfect at the 2016 World Junior Championships with a 6-0 beatdown of Slovakia in the quarterfinal. Sweden got off to a fast start, with Joel Eriksson Ek giving them a 1-0 lead at 5:10 of the first. Oskar Lindblom would score 6:25 later to make in 2-0 heading into the intermission. Christoffer Ehn made it 3-0 at 10:07 of the middle frame, and then goals by Adrian Kempe, Jens Looke (shorthanded) and Alexander Nylander closed out the 6-0 decision in the third. Swedish netminder Linus Soderstrom needed only to make 17 saves for the shutout. Oilers prospect William Lagesson did not register a point, but was +2. He had one shot on goal. Sweden now advances to the semifinal and will play the winner of Canada vs. Finland.Chris WescottSat, 02 Jan 2016 12:04:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/01/20160102_LAgesson1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4422044220Video and audio from Fridayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44229Fri, 01 Jan 2016 14:52:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/644-camp3-mcdavid2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4422944229BLOG: Recovery process continues for McDavidhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44230The next step to Connor McDavid's road to recovery happened on New Year's Day. McDavid skated with the team for the first time since breaking his collarbone on November 3, nearly two months to the day. “It’s good to feel normal again and be out there with them. Today was a little bit of a lighter practice, they were getting ready for tomorrow’s game but it was still a lot of fun to be out there,” McDavid began, while speaking to a relatively large contingent of media considering the holiday. “It feels really good. There hasn’t been any pain with it since surgery. Obviously, a few days after but it’s felt pretty good for a long time. Just gotta wait for it to heal.” McDavid talked about the difference in recovery this time around from last year when he broke his hand in a fight in November. “It’s a little bit different. It’s not like last year with my hand. It’s in a cast and you know it’s broken. But when it feels so good you ask ‘can I do this, can I do that’ but doctors know what’s best. We do x-rays pretty frequently so you know what’s going on in there pretty good,” he said. “It’s their job to worry about that.” The rookie centre was asked about how he's been able to stay in shape these past couple of months. “The good thing about this injury is it was an upper-body injury and you can still keep your legs feeling good. I think I was on the bike four days after so that’s no excuse to come back out of shape or anything like that. I feel really good with my legs and all that. “There’s still a process I have to go through. Today was the first step, being out with the guys. We’ll just kind of go from here, taking contact and doing all that. We’ll see how fast that moves along. Today it felt good to be back out there with them.”Marc CiampaFri, 01 Jan 2016 14:48:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151222_YoungStars.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4423044230BLOG: McDavid, Yakupov on the icehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44228The Oilers are on the ice for practice today and Connor McDavid is skating with the team for the first time since his injury. Nail Yakupov is on the ice as well, reuniting the two linemates. The team did not do much in the way of line rushes in what was a brief practice. Check back for more coverage and reaction.Marc CiampaFri, 01 Jan 2016 13:07:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/644396-mcd2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4422844228BLOG: Oilers can’t quite quack ithttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44226The opportunities were there and the chances came but the Ducks waddled away with a 1-0 win over the Oilers. Edmonton was unable to respond after a shot from Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf midway through the first gave Anaheim the lead. “It started in the corner. I thought we did a good job battling and getting that puck back…it was a broken play, Sami kind of threw it in and [Perry] made a nice play over and I just was able to get a good backhand on it,” said the Captain. A back-and-forth battle on the ice saw the Ducks and the Oilers scrapping for the puck but both teams came up short. “You think of 1-0 and you think of a team that’s playing really defensively but we had so many chances out there, their goalie was great,” said Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. Cam Talbot ended the night with 34 saves. Anaheim’s lone goal and win leaves them with a 15-15-6 record heading into tomorrow’s game against Vancouver.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jan 2016 00:26:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151231_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4422644226BLOG: Klinkhammer, Davidson off IR; Nikitin to AHLhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44209The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have activated winger Rob Klinkhammer and defenceman Brandon Davidson from Injured Reserve. Klinkhammer, 29, has appeared in eight games with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and two penalty minutes. Davidson, 24, has appeared in 23 games this season, posting five points (2G, 3A) and 12 penalty minutes. The Oilers also announced today they have assigned defenceman Nikita Nikitin to the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:45:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/644klinkdavy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4420944209BLOG: WJC - Round-robin perfectionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44207Team Sweden swept Group A thanks to a fairly convincing 5-2 win over Team Canada today in Helsinki. It was a heated affair, with a total of 17 penalties being doled out for the two teams. Oilers prospect William Lagesson was called for slashing at the 9:18 mark in the first period. The defenceman finishes the preliminary round having scored one goal and adding one assist for two points in four games. According to IIHF, this is the first time Canada has lost two round-robin games in regulation since the 1998 World Juniors, also in Finland. Lagesson and the Swedes will face Slovakia in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 9 a.m. MT.Meg TilleyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:31:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151231_Lagesson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4420744207Video and audio from Wednesday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44186edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 30 Dec 2015 16:03:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/10/20151012_prac6441.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4418644186BLOG: Visor comes on for Hendrickshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44168It was a close call in Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks took a stick right above his eye, cutting him. He got cleaned and stitched up, but it was a frightening several minutes. “Scary incident last night off a faceoff in the third. A stick got me pretty good. It was a scary moment for me for a while there,” said Hendricks. The winger had previously not worn a visor, but that will change moving forward. “I don’t know if I’ll take it off after that,” he said. Sometimes it takes a scary moment to break traditions. “The game is a very traditional game,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We’re very apprehensive for change. You can see that with the rules and the size of the rink and all that type of stuff. Players have those apprehensions too. You don’t want to change. You come into the league a certain way. You look at (Craig MacTavish) or Doug Wilson. I think they were the last two to not wear helmets. I think both of them were crazy. But now, as time goes on and everybody who enters the league wears a shield, the ones who aren’t you wonder why they aren’t. It’s personal preference. They’re allowed to make that choice. Matty got a scare and he’s going to put it on. Good for him.”Chris WescottWed, 30 Dec 2015 16:00:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/04/644hendy.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4416844168BLOG: Nurse's characterhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44170Anyone who knows Darnell Nurse as a player or person wasn’t surprised by him stepping up for his teammate on Tuesday night. Nurse challenged veteran tough guy Milan Lucic to drop the gloves following his hit on Lauri Korpikoski in the corner. Nurse said after the game he was just looking out for his teammate, something that is not lost on the Oilers head coach. “It says volumes about his character,” said Todd McLellan. “He’s all in, for one. He’s got a lot of courage, for two. He’s trying to establish himself in a real tough league, is the third one. I think he earned a lot of respect from his teammates and probably around the league as well. It takes a lot of courage to do that.” Little things like Nurse’s courage are what helps pull a team together and ignite pushback. “There are the unsung things that happen during a game that give people the lift,” said McLellan. “The goals and all that type of stuff is pretty evident, but the blocked shots seem to do that, the sticking up for a teammate, if you get a big faceoff win, getting the puck out at the blueline in a stressful situation. Those are all things that give groups a lift. Players recognize it on the bench, the coaches recognize it. We acknowledge it verbally. It can give teams a lift and I think Darnell did that last night for us as well.”Chris WescottWed, 30 Dec 2015 15:59:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/07/644nurse1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4417044170BLOG: Davidson "pretty much" readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44169The Oilers could get a welcomed body back on the blueline when they host the Ducks on Thursday as Brandon Davidson has skated with the team these last few days and is almost ready to return from his rib injury. “He had a good practice today,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I would say that he’s pretty much ready to go, unless somebody tells me otherwise after our meeting here.” With forward Iiro Pakarinen out with an undisclosed injury suffered Tuesday against Los Angeles, one of two players could make their return to the lineup in his stead. Either Rob Klinkhammer or Jujhar Khaira are the choices for McLellan. “Klink is getting close as well, so it will be one of JJ or Klink to come in,” said the coach.Chris WescottWed, 30 Dec 2015 15:58:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150331_brandon.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4416944169BLOG: Wednesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44165The Oilers have hit the ice for practice on Wednesday at Rexall Place. Iiro Pakarinen is not participating, after leaving last night’s game with an injury. Eric Gryba is not on the ice either. Rob Klinkhammer and Brandon Davidson are both skating again as they get closer to returning. Stay tuned for more updates.Chris WescottWed, 30 Dec 2015 13:22:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151205_practice5.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4416544165BLOG: WJC - Sweden keeps streak goinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44187Sweden 5, Denmark 0 Thirteen seconds. That’s all it took for Sweden to find the back of Denmark’s net with their first goal of the game. Sweden’s goaltender, Felix Sandstrom, made a total of eight saves in his first game in the tournament as his team took a 5-0 victory. The Swedes outshot the Dens 14-2 in the first period, who by the end of the second frame had taken a 3-0 lead. Halfway through the third period, Oilers prospect William Lagesson received a pass from teammate Jens Looke, and after a few strides, fired the puck into Denmark’s net, making it a 4-0 game. Lagesson had five shots on goal and was +2 in the game. The two teams have played against one another just twice in the history of the World Junior Championship, with Sweden coming out on top, 10-1 in 2007 and 5-1 last year. The win over Denmark secures a top spot for Sweden in the group, even if they lose their last game to Canada. Sweden will look to sweep Group A of the preliminary round as they face Team Canada on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. MT.Meg TilleyWed, 30 Dec 2015 13:18:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151228_Lagesson1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4418744187Video and audio plus Kassian reactionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44092Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:29:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151228_hunt1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4409244092BLOG: Oilers on the power playhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44097After a brief holiday break, the Oilers have returned to Rexall Place following a weekend of back-to-back division rivalry games. Back at home base, the Oil hit the ice focused and prepared to improve on their power play, which has a 17 per cent success rate on the season. “The thing for us is, you want to be able to generate momentum; we don’t want to create momentum for the other team by giving them opportunities or just chasing the puck back and forth and just wasting energy,” said Jordan Eberle. With a new weapon in d-man Brad Hunt joining the line-up, Head Coach Todd McLellan says that this is an opportunity for him and the team as a whole to expand on what needs fixing. “We have a need right now and he’s the ingredient that fits the need,” McLellan said of Hunt’s presence on the point. “What it can’t be is just be Brad Hunt’s power play; it has to be the Oilers power play. Everybody has to have a piece of it and they have to take that responsibility. I see our group right now, because of lack of success, it turns from a team thing more into an individual thing, guys wanting to go one-on-one, trying to do too much — sometimes being too cute and we need to fix it. It’ll take a little time but we’ll get it there.”Meg TilleyMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:19:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/09/20150930_practice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4409744097BLOG: On the Hunthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44096Though he was prevented from joining the Oilers in Calgary on Sunday, Brad Hunt sounds like he’s prepared to make up for lost time. “I just want to help the team with whatever they need help with,” said the defenceman. “I just want to play my game, what’s been making me successful down [in Bakersfield], and get pucks to the net and hopefully the boys can bang ’em in.” In 26 games with the Condors, Hunt has scored six goals and added 17 assists for a total of 23 points — leading the AHL team. Hunt’s performance with the Oilers AHL affiliate has remained steady as the Condors navigate player absences themselves due to injuries and Edmonton recalls. Bakersfield currently has a 13-11-2-1 record. “A lot of change with injuries and guys getting called up but that’s just the way it is,” he said. “The team’s done a great job fighting through that and getting a couple of wins after Christmas break so they can go into the New Year with a little bit of confidence.”Meg TilleyMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:18:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/12/20151228_hunt1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4409644096BLOG: Delay of gamehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44095It was a delayed plane that prevented Oilers recall Brad Hunt from joining Edmonton’s line-up in Calgary Sunday night. The five-foot-nine, 187-pound defenceman, called up from the Bakersfield Condors, said he hoped to make an impact and contribute in the Battle of Alberta game before he was suddenly prevented from doing so. “I was pumped,” said Hunt. “I was all ready to go — ate properly throughout the day — and then got on the plane and get off the plane and still in Denver.” Mechanical issues with the plane caused his flight to be delayed a number of times until the airline decided to cancel it altogether. Hunt said that as the day wore on he recognized that he wouldn’t be playing that night, but managed to focus on the positives. “I mean at least it was at Denver airport where there’s lots of good places to eat,” he joked. “I watched [the game] a little bit on my iPad on the NHL app but I just saw the first period and then I got on the plane right to Edmonton, so I couldn’t watch it on the plane.”Meg TilleyMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:17:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4409544095BLOG: Monday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=44105The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Brandon Davidson (undisclosed) is skating, as is the recalled Brad Hunt. Power play seems to be a focus this morning. The units are as follows: Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell-Lander-Hunt Pouliot-RNH-Eberle-Letestu-Schultz/SekeraChris WescottMon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/10/20141013_hunt1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4410544105