EDMONTON OILERS BLOGShttp://www.edmontonoilers.com/rssEDMONTON OILERS BLOGSNHL Enterprises, L.P. (c) 2015 NHL. All Rights Reserveden-usTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:48:16 EDTBLOG: Oilers on ice in Denver for morning skatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38432The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Denver and it doesn't appear like they will have any significant lineup changes at first glance. Forward lines look the same as last game against Dallas: Pouliot - RNH - Eberle Purcell - Roy - Yakupov Hall - Lander - Miller Gazdic - Klinkhammer - FraserMarc CiampaMon, 30 Mar 2015 13:43:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroadrnh1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3843238432BLOG: Saturday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38375Five players are absent at Oilers practice. No Boyd Gordon (back), Matt Hendricks (back) Andrew Ference (concussion), Mark Fayne (shoulder) or Nikita Nikitin on the ice at Rexall Place.Chris WescottSat, 28 Mar 2015 16:22:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/64practicehome2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3837538375BLOG: Injury updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38381Nikita Nikitin was a new absentee for Oilers practice on Saturday. He took a shot off the foot last night in a 4-0 win over Dallas. “He’s day to day. He’s making the trip with us, we’ll see how he is tomorrow and we’ll make decision then,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “He took a shot off the foot, it’s a bone bruise so we’ll have to see how it reacts. Today was a day he really didn’t need to go out there and skate. So we’ll see how he is tomorrow and make that decision then.” Andrew Ference (concussion) and Mark Fayne (shoulder) were also absent from practice and will not travel on the upcoming road trip. Three other injured Oilers players will travel. “We’re going to take (Matt) Hendricks and (Boyd) Gordon and (Tyler) Pitlick as well so (Head Athletic Therapist T.D. Forss) can monitor them as we go,” Nelson said. “I’m not sure if they’re going to be available for the game in Colorado. We’ll take it day by day. One of the guys should be able to come back for the games in California so we’ll see what happens.”Chris WescottSat, 28 Mar 2015 16:21:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/10/20141031_niktinpractice.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3838138381BLOG: Klinkhammer’s night at centrehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38380He was thrown into the fire, with Boyd Gordon out of the lineup with a back injury. Rob Klinkhammer slid over from the wing to centre last night against the Dallas Stars. “It was tough,” said Klinkhammer. “It’s a lot different from what I’m used to, obviously. I’ve got to be a little more patient low and in the middle. You can’t run around as much. It’s tough to get hits like that where I’m just used to going up and down my wall, crashing and banging. I don’t think I’m going to be a regular centreman in the NHL, but it’s nice to fill in while those guys are out.” Anytime you switch positions it can be a tough transition. “He was good. He’s a great player,” Klinkhammer’s linemate Matt Fraser said. “It’s obviously hard changing positions but he did a great job. It kind of falls on me and (Luke Gazdic) to help him out on faceoffs and stuff like that. But he was good. He was talking lots on the ice and that’s all you can ask for.” Klinkhammer played just 6:46, all even strength. He finished the night with a takeaway, a blocked shot and was 0-for-5 in the faceoff dot. “He was good. I think he’ll tell you himself he struggled in the circle a little bit, but he was good,” Gazdic said. “He got adjusted pretty quickly. He said he had a history there a little bit. We were just trying to give as much help as we could and I thought we were good in our own end and got a couple chances offensively too.” Klinkhammer took a few faceoffs at morning skate, but had a tough time matching up against established centres in the game. “It was tough. It was a lot harder than I thought,” Klinkhammer said. “They had some good guys over there so they won them pretty clean on me.” He added, “Those guys have been doing it their whole lives and they definitely have a leg up on me. It was a tough go, but that’s the way it happens.” Gordon will travel with the team and could play sometime on this upcoming road trip.Chris WescottSat, 28 Mar 2015 15:57:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150328_klink.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3838038380BLOG: Miller makes Oilers historyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38365Andrew Miller made Oilers franchise history with his first NHL goal on Friday night. Miller became the first player in Oilers history to score his first career goal with a penalty shot. “It was a great shot and we’re very happy for him,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “He’s had some pretty good opportunities and he just hasn’t found the back of the net. It was nice to see him score that one. Any time you score your first NHL goal it’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m sure he’s enjoying it right now.” Miller went bar-down with a sweet shot, at 16:40 of the third period. “Usually I get a little nervous, but I was able to kind of calm down, take some breaths, do my move and luckily it went in,” said Miller. The last player to score their first NHL goal with a penalty shot was Jay McClement with the St. Louis Blues in 2005. Prior to Miller, there had been only five players in NHL history to do so. When Miller scored, the fans exploded into cheers and increased the already palpable energy of the building. “The energy was great, the fans were unbelievable in that,” Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman said. “I was trying not to get too jacked, I was just trying to stay even-keeled but it was hard not to when he did that. Especially for his first goal, it’s a pretty fun way to do it and fun building to do it in, to get that kind of ovation afterwards.”Chris WescottSat, 28 Mar 2015 01:11:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150327_millerscore.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3836538365BLOG: Oilers agree to terms with Betkerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38330The Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Ben Betker on a three-year entry level contract. Betker, 20, was taken in the sixth round (158th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He has played 64 games this season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, scoring six goals and adding 25 assists and 63 penalty minutes. His points (31), assists (25) and plus/minus (+19) this season were all career highs. Offensively, Betker had his strongest month in January. He finished the month with three goals and 12 assists in 14 games. He was +12 in that stretch. Betker has size, standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 220 pounds. Betker and the Silvertips play the Spokane Chiefs in the first round of the WHL playoffs.Chris WescottThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:35:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/Betker_4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3833038330BLOG: Young players step uphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38311When Martin Marincin scored his first NHL goal, assisted by Andrew Miller and Anton Lander, Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson probably had flashbacks to Oklahoma City and his days as head coach there. Nelson coached all three of those players in OKC last season and the start of this one. If he didn’t have flashbacks then, he definitely did when Marincin, Lander and Oscar Klefbom were on the ice attempting to kill off a Colorado 5-on-3 power play. With Andrew Ference and Boyd Gordon already sitting out tonight’s game, Mark Fayne and Matt Hendricks both went down to injury. The situation made it so the younger players on the roster had to step up, and they did so by helping the Oilers win 4-3. “We had a young group,” Nelson said. “They played hard for each other. I had to shake my head there on that 5-on-3 because I had Anton, Klefbom and Marincin (out there) and that’s who we had on the 5-on-3 down in OK City at the start of this year. The young guys played well. Miller recorded his first two NHL assists tonight, helping his linemates (Lander and Taylor Hall) turn in a good night. “Andrew Miller had a great game,” Nelson said. “I thought he was moving his feet. He had a couple assists. Anton, that whole line played outstanding: Hall, Anton and Millsy. We had a lot of good efforts from our younger players and that’s great to see. I think it’s going to give them confidence moving forward.” Nelson’s familiarity with the multiple players on the roster who have played under him in the AHL seems to lead to confidence between player and coach. “I think it’s a big advantage because, from working with them in OKC, you develop confidence in the players because you’ve had them for a number of years,” said Nelson. “So I think it’s a lot easier for me as a coach to say, ‘Ok, I can use this guy in this situation,’ because I’ve seen them handle it before. I had no problems putting Andrew Miller (out there) in the last minute and 40 seconds. He deserved it as well, he earned it. It was a good game from our young guys. I thought they really took charge. When Colorado kept coming and they had some good opportunities, it was good to have (Ben Scrivens) step up. But our young guys played well.” There was no word on the status of the Oilers injured veterans, immediately following the game.Chris WescottThu, 26 Mar 2015 00:15:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150325_edmcol3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3831138311BLOG: Tuesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38234The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Boyd Gordon (back) and Andrew Ference (upper body) are not on the ice after suffering injuries last night against Winnipeg. Line combinations: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hall-Lander-Miller Gazdic/Fraser-Hendricks-Klinkhammer Defensive Pairings: Schultz-Klefbom Nikitin-Fayne Aulie-MarincinChris WescottTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:01:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644pouliotpracticd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3823438234BLOG: Ference and Gordon absenthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38266After leaving the Winnipeg game on Monday with injuries, Boyd Gordon and Andrew Ference were not on the ice Tuesday for practice. Gordon tweaked his back and Ference has an undisclosed upper body injury. There weren’t any further updates on Tuesday, except that the two players will continue to be evaluated. “Gordo is the same thing I said (Monday) night where his back seized up and he took today off,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. Obviously, at this time of year, we’ve been playing a lot of games and guys need time off and time to rest. As for Andrew Ference, it’s an upper body injury and he’s going through further testing and we’ll find out more tomorrow.” Ference is doubtful for tomorrow against Colorado. The Oilers do have two more forward options now. Luke Gazdic (illness) and Matt Fraser (concussion) have both been cleared to play. The Oilers will make lineup decisions tomorrow ahead of their game against the Avalanche. Gazdic and Fraser rotated on the fourth-line wing with Matt Hendricks at centre and Rob Klinkhammer on the other wing at practice with Gordon absent.Chris WescottTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:59:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/644crosby.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3826638266BLOG: OKC adds Oilers prospect Houck, three othershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38244The Oklahoma City Barons, who have been decimated by injury and call-ups in recent days, made some moves to try and turn the tide. They added Oilers prospect Jackson Houck, who had played the season with the WHL's Vancouver Giants on an Amateur tryout agreement. Houck was drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round in 2013. The Barons also added three players from the ECHL's Brampton Beast on pro tryout agreements: David Ling, Brett Lyon and Jason Pitton. Ling, 40, had nine goals and 38 points in 37 games with Brampton. He had a career-high 88 points with St. John's in the AHL in 2004-05 and has played 93 career NHL games. He plays right wing. Pitton, 28, previously played in the Oilers organization from 2009-2011 including stints in Stockton and Springfield. He had 22 goals and 40 points in 60 games with Brampton. He plays left wing. Lyon, 24, is also a left winger. He had 17 points in 56 games with Brampton and Allen in the ECHL. He also had a whopping 288 penalty minutes. He has previous AHL experience with Abbotsford and Utica and played four seasons in the WHL.Marc CiampaTue, 24 Mar 2015 14:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/11/20141119_Houck1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3824438244BLOG: Hamilton on waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38177The Oilers have placed Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment. From the team's official press release: The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have placed winger Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment. Hamilton, 29, appeared in 16 games for the Oilers registering two points (1G, 1A), including his first career National Hockey League goal on February 10th against the New York Islanders. The 6-2’, 219-pound forward has registered 29 points (15G, 14A) and six penalty minutes in 32 games with the Barons this season.Marc CiampaSun, 22 Mar 2015 12:42:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/644ryanhamilton.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3817738177BLOG: Nurse named MVPhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38159Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse was named the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Most Valuable Player at the organization's annual awards banquet on Friday night. "It means a lot," said Nurse, according to sootoday.com. "Looking at our team, there are a lot of guys that could have got it. It's a nice thing to be recognized for. I've been here for a while so I've been through both the ups and downs. It's a great organization and I wouldn't change a thing that's occurred over the last four years." Nurse, 20, has 31 points (9-22-31) in 34 games. He missed a month with a knee injury. Sault Ste. Marie is the top team in the OHL Western Conference, with 106 points in the standings and a record of 52-12-0-2.Chris WescottSat, 21 Mar 2015 17:16:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150228_nurse1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3815938159BLOG: Friday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38117The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Taylor Hall is no longer wearing non-contact yellow. He is in light blue with the line of Miller-Lander-Hamilton. Matt Fraser is in yellow, after suffering a concussion on Monday. Tyler Pitlick joins him in yellow. Line combinations: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hall & Miller-Lander-Hamilton Gazdic & Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer Fraser left the ice early after a couple of drills. Oscar Klefbom is not practicing. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said it is just a maintenance day.Chris WescottFri, 20 Mar 2015 16:28:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644pouliotpracticd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3811738117BLOG: Eberle’s hot streakhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38143Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers in scoring this season with 56 points (19-37-56). The second half of the season has been kind to Eberle, who has 13-23-36 in his last 35 games. He is currently on a six-game point streak. He Has 4-8-12 in that span. Eberle’s linemate, Benoit Pouliot, is on a four-game point streak of his own (3-2-5). He talked about Eberle’s production after practice today at Rexall. “He’s just been bearing on the chances he’s getting,” Pouliot said. “He’s been making the passes he’s needed to make and it shows that he’s doing the job and he’s doing what he’s supposed to do and it’s fun to watch, fun to play with. I get the chance to play with him everyday and it’s great. I can’t complain about anything about his game. He’s probably one of, if not the, best players on our team. He’s just doing the simple things, doing his game. He’s a pretty shifty guy out there and when he gets the chance to be loose he’ll find you or shoot the puck.”Chris WescottFri, 20 Mar 2015 15:54:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/465725740_fullSize(2).jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3814338143BLOG: How Hall changes the lineuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38122If Taylor Hall is able to return to the lineup, the Oilers are still undecided on where he will play. He skated today on the third line with Anton Lander as his centre. Wherever he plays, Hall adds a lot to the Oilers lineup. “He’s definitely a big part of our team,” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “He’s a driving force out there for sure. He makes defencemen think twice about a lot of things. When he’s driving the puck wide he’s creating a lot of space for everybody else on the ice. If we get him back it’s going to be great for us and we look forward to getting him back into the lineup as soon as possible.” Hall has missed 23 of the last 24 games with an ankle injury, and yet he still holds the third spot in Oilers scoring with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points. “It’s huge for us. You bring a guy like Taylor Hall in the lineup and it’s always a positive,” Benoit Pouliot said of Hall closing in on a return. “He was pretty fast out there today. You could see him and he didn’t really seem to be hurting too much so he’s been out quite a while now. It’s obviously tough to come back, in the first few games, to get back into it. He looks pretty good so hopefully he gets back in there and helps us out.” The Oilers will meet tomorrow morning to decide if Hall is ready to return to game action, as the Oilers host the Flyers.Chris WescottFri, 20 Mar 2015 15:53:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/12/20141230_ph5644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3812238122BLOG: Hall updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38121Taylor Hall skated today in light blue colours today at practice, as opposed to his recent yellow non-contact jersey. Logic dictates that he is getting closer to his return to game action, coming off his ankle injury. “In the case of Taylor, we’re going to see how he is tomorrow morning and we’ll make a decision collectively as a staff and with Taylor to see what we’re going to do moving forward,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. He took line rushes with Anton Lander and Ryan Hamilton, with Andrew Miller rotating on the wing. The Oilers are being cautious and not rushing Hall back until he is ready. “He has been out for a while,” Nelson said. “It’s one thing to skate in practice and it’s another thing to play a game where you are working the corners and that. Right now, we haven’t made a concrete decision of where he will play. He was playing with Anton today. That’s something we’ll discuss as a group. First and foremost, we have to make sure he’s 100% healthy.” Hall has missed 23 of the last 24 games and says whenever he comes back, it may take a few shifts to get up to speed. “It’s really tough to get 100% without playing games,” Hall said. “You can bag yourself as much as you want in practice. It just seems like you get in the game and you just can’t relax as easy and you don’t have those breaks like you do in practice. No matter if I practice for two weeks more, I think if I came back in a game I’d still be tired the first couple shifts.”Chris WescottFri, 20 Mar 2015 15:50:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150317_prac.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3812138121BLOG: LaLeggia named Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalisthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38109Senior University of Denver defenceman Joey LaLeggia was named a Top Ten Finalist for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award today. The award is presented annually to the top men’s college hockey player in the United States. LaLeggia, 22, was drafted in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 34 games this season, LaLeggia has 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points. He leads all NCHC defencemen in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (3), power play goals (5) and shots on goal (129). He ranks third overall in the NCAA in scoring for a defenceman. LaLeggia has been named the NCHC Defenceman of the Week five times this season, and was named the NCHC Player of the Month for both January and February. LaLeggia is from Burnaby, B.C. and played for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL for three years before leaving for school at the University of Denver. The Hobey Baker Hat Trick (top three) will be announced April 2, and the winner will be named on April 10, during the NCAA Frozen Four. LaLeggia and the Pioneers play the University of Miami at Ohio in the Semifinal of the NCHC Tournament this Friday. He has yet to sign his entry level contract.Chris WescottThu, 19 Mar 2015 17:43:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/20140611_Laleggia.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3810938109BLOG: Kadri suspended four gameshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38065The NHL has suspended Leafs forward Nazem Kadri four games for his hit to the head of Oilers winger Matt Fraser.Marc CiampaWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:42:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2015/03/KADRI_031315_672.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3806538065BLOG: Tuesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38002The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Taylor Hall and Tyler Pitlick are both on the ice in non-contact yellow. The rest of the lineup stays the same, except for the absence of Luke Gazdic (illness) and Matt Fraser, who suffered a head injury last night against Toronto. Line combinations based on jersey colour: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hamilton-Lander Hendricks-Gordon-KlinkhammerChris WescottTue, 17 Mar 2015 15:21:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644pouliotpracticd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3800238002BLOG: Fraser updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38046Last night, Oilers forward Matt Fraser was helped off the ice after a hit to the head by Leafs Nazem Kadri. “You obviously don’t want to see that,” said Ryan Hamilton, Fraser’s linemate. “You always want to stick up (for) and protect your teammates. I didn’t really get a good view of it. I just saw kind of the aftermath so I just kind of got in there in the scrum. It was kind of a little hectic there. We didn’t know exactly what happened right away, then we saw the replay. Obviously, he took a pretty good one on the chin. I don’t know if it was incidental or not but he still made good contact on the chin. Obviously, it’s not fun watching one of your teammates get hit like that.” There was no update after the game, but Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson provided one today after practice. “He was concussed,” Nelson said. “We are going to follow protocol and we’ll reevaluate him again tomorrow, but I can say that he’s doing well.” Nelson had a chance to watch the play and says it’s an unfortunate part of hockey. “It was a play where (Fraser) was reaching, he was down a bit and we’ve seen those hits before where a player comes in and finishes his check,” Nelson said. “Sometimes, when the opposing player is bending over and trying to reach for the puck, those things happen. It’s the game of hockey. It happens.” The Oilers may look to recall a player from Oklahoma City. The Barons play tonight at home against Milwaukee.Chris WescottTue, 17 Mar 2015 15:17:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20140103_Fraser4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3804638046BLOG: Tayor Hall injury updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38014Prior to practice on Sunday, Taylor Hall skated on his own and then helped warm up the goaltenders. Coach Nelson said that he will skate with the team for the first time on Monday at morning skate prior to the game against the Leafs. “He’s going to skate with us tomorrow. We’ll see how he feels,” said Nelson. The coach was also asked if, when Hall returns, he'll assume his usual spot on the right side half boards on the power play, considering how well the team has played with the man advantage since Hall's been injured (28.1%, #1 in the NHL). Nelson said he didn't want to jump to any conclusions for a decision that will be made down the road. “A lot of things can happen over the next few games with personnel, guys get injured and what-not. I like where Nuge is right now and we’ll try to make it fit, if everybody is healthy, with Taylor on one of the two units.”Marc CiampaSun, 15 Mar 2015 16:16:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3801438014BLOG: Oilers enjoying a powerful power playhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38013Since Todd Nelson took over behind the Oilers bench as interim head coach, the team's power play has been outstanding. The team had a 12.0% overall power play success rating (and 4.7% on the road) with only 13 total goals scored (2 on the road). “I think at the start of the year we were getting a lot of chances and we just couldn’t score. You start holding on to the puck too long and that really hurt us. Now lately, we go out there with a lot of confidence, feeling like we’re going to score. Putting a lot of pucks on the net, working hard and winning battles,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the team's much-improved play with the man advantage. Since Nelson, the team's power play has been running along at a 25.0% clip with 23 goals on 92 opportunities. The best power play in the entire NHL -- the Detroit Red Wings -- are at 25.3%. On the road, that power play has been 29.5%. “I think the personnel, the units that we have, they’re working well together," said Nelson. "Our challenge from our staff is to outwork their penalty kill. I think Craig Ramsay’s done a great job of preparing them but the message is to keep it simple, get pucks going to the net, get traffic and try to outwork their penalty kill.” The power play has gotten even better since the all-star break. In that six-week stretch, the Oilers have the best power play in the entire NHL by a significant margin at 28.1%. On the road, it's even better at 34.2%. It's all the more amazing when it's considered that they have accomplished this all without Taylor Hall, the team's usual leading power-play point-getter who was injured coming out of the break.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Mar 2015 16:09:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150308_oilcar1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3801338013BLOG: Sunday line combinations at practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=38005The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place after returning late Friday night from their five-game road trip through the Northeastern U.S. Tyler Pitlick is on the ice wearing a non-contact yellow jersey. The forward lines are: Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle Purcell - Roy - Yakupov Hendricks - Lander - Fraser Gazdic/Hamilton - Gordon - Klinkhammer There are seven defencemen on the ice: Nikitin, Ference, Klefbom, Marincin, Schultz, Aulie and Fayne.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Mar 2015 12:44:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644klinkhammerpractie1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3800538005BLOG: Wednesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37884The Oilers are on the ice at Cosol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for practice. Lines: Gazdic-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hamilton-Lander-Fraser Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer Pouliot had maintenance day. Defence: Klefbom-Schultz Marincin-Fayne Ference-Nikitin (Aulie)Chris WescottWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644gazidcpractice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3788437884BLOG: Pittsburgh memorieshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37867Todd Nelson was a Paul Coffey fan, watching him play for the Oilers and Penguins from his hometown of Prince Albert, SK. “I enjoyed the way he played the game,” Nelson said. “Let’s face it, when he picked up the puck and got his feet moving, he was pretty to watch. He was the player I always wanted to be.” Nelson was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 1989 NHL Draft. He’d get his first call up with the Penguins on November 23, 1991, filling in for an ill Ulf Samuelsson. And guess who was there to greet him when he walked through the door. “As soon as I walked in, Paul Coffey came over to me and welcomed me to the team. Second guy was Mario (Lemieux).” The Oilers interim coach only played one game for the Penguins in his career, but it was a good time to be a part of the organization. Being greeted by Coffey upon his arrival was just one of the moments from his stint with Pittsburgh Nelson will never forget. “It was a time they were winning Stanley Cups and I was a young guy just trying to cut my teeth in pro hockey,” Nelson said. “It was quite a time for me because we had so many great players in the organization. Walking into that dressing room, you were somewhat starstruck because you had quite a few hall of famers there. It was a good two-year run for them and I was fortunate to play one game for them.”Chris WescottWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:04:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150221_nelly4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3786737867Oilers assign Oesterlehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37815The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Jordan Oesterle to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. Oesterle, 22, appeared in six games for the Oilers and he posted his first career National Hockey League point (assist) on March 3rd against the Los Angeles Kings. The 6-0’, 182-pound defenceman has registered 21 points (6G, 15A), six penalty minutes and a plus five rating in 49 games with the Barons this seasonEdmonton Oilers Press ReleaseTue, 10 Mar 2015 13:30:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150228_oesterle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3781537815BLOG: Oilers expect a bounce back game from Klefbomhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37759Although he is having a promising season, 21-year-old Oscar Klefbom has had some downs to go with the ups. The last two games are a perfect example of a young defencemen experiencing the peaks and valleys of development. Against Chicago, Klefbom was excellent. The blueliner played 26:23 against one of the best teams in the league, recording seven shots on goal, two hits and three blocked shots. The game against Carolina was a different story as Klefbom saw his minutes cut to 20:09 and he finished -3 with a couple giveaways and no shots on net. The Oilers expect a bounce-back game from the young defender. “We expect that with a young guy like Oscar,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “You’re going to have nights like Chicago and then last night was a little bit of a tough one, but we expect him to bounce back strong tonight. That’s the way it’s going to be, especially for young defencemen. I think it’s a hard position to establish yourself in the National Hockey League and there are always going to be ups and downs. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, you do have those tough nights. But just knowing the past experience of Oscar, he does bounce back.”Chris WescottMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:15:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/gallery/2015/03/496700_1425574902847.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3775937759BLOG: Saturday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37751The Oilers have taken the ice in Raleigh for their practice ahead of tomorrow's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Lines: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Lander-Yakupov Hamilton-Hendricks-Fraser Gazdic-Gordon-Klinkhammer Derek Roy is not on the ice. He is just out for a maintenance day. Defensive Pairings: Klefbom-Schultz Marincin-Fayne Ference-Oesterle Aulie-Nikitin (shoulder)Chris WescottSat, 07 Mar 2015 15:46:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150307_prac.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3775137751BLOG: Wednesday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37645The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Matt Hendricks and Nikita Nikitin are absent. Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick are in non-contact yellow jerseys. Lines: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Gazdic-Gordon-Klinkhammer Hamilton-(Lander & Pitlick rotating)-Fraser Defensive Pairings: Klefbom-Schultz Marincin-Fayne Ference-Oesterle AulieChris WescottWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:29:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644gazidcpractice1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3764537645BLOG: Finding consistencyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37653he Oilers beat New Jersey and then followed up a great effort against the Islanders with a 4-3 overtime win in Montreal. That was followed by a 7-2 loss in Ottawa. They bounced back with a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg and then a shootout win over Boston, again followed by disappointment with a 4-0 loss to Minnesota. That shutout was followed by a nice effort against Anaheim and a win against the very same Minnesota Wild. A 2-1 loss to St. Louis followed, not short on effort. Then came the disappointment last night in the form of a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles. Two or three solid showings, followed by a letdown game. The Oilers are striving to weed out the latter. “We’ve got to figure out why we play two or three good games in a row and then, not only are we playing bad but we’re almost embarrassing ourselves,” Luke Gazdic said. “The 4-0 loss to (Minnesota) was brutal, last night was brutal against LA. St. Louis, we lost but I thought we played a good quality game. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but we’ve got to find a way to bring a good, consistent effort every night. We can’t be playing two, three, four good games in a row and then come out and just stink up the joint. We’ve got to find a way to be a little more consistent in our starts and our efforts.” Gazdic, along with several Oilers players showed anger and disappointment after last night’s result. “We were frustrated,” Jordan Eberle said. “It wasn’t our best night, not even close. I think we’re trying to find a level of consistency where we’re playing our game every night. When you have a step back like that, it pisses you off. We addressed it today, we talked about it and went over the video. It was ugly. We strived to have a really good practice and we did.” The search for consistency continued today at Rexall Place, where the Oilers pushed the pace of practice. “I liked today,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “We had a very good video session. We went over the things that we want to develop more consistency with and then we had an excellent day on the ice. If we can apply that work ethic on the ice we had today in practice to a game then we’ll be a much tougher team to play against. I think the guys are getting the concept, I think they’re understanding how we have to play consistently. We mentioned it last night that we have three decent efforts and then you have a game like last night where it wasn’t a very good game at all… Our goal is to play consistent the rest of the season.” Nelson wasn’t the only one pleased with the response of the team today, following last night’s loss. “It started today in practice for sure,” Nelson said. “We had a little video session before it and Todd was talking about things we have to work on, but the thing he focused on was we can’t think about next game with Chicago, it’s got to start in practice. We had an up tempo, good paced practice. It was tough, but we did well at it. We pushed through it and the next goal is to get ready for a good Blackhawks team.” The Oilers begin a five-game road trip in Chicago on Friday.Chris WescottWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:27:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150303_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3765337653BLOG: Lander closing in on returnhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37652Oilers centre Anton Lander has been nursing a shoulder injury, but could return to the lineup soon. He skated today, participated in all of the drills and took line rushes, despite wearing a non-contact yellow jersey. “It feels pretty good,” Lander said. “It’s nice to be out there and skating again. We will see. It was a good practice today, it feels fine shooting the puck so I’m exciting to see when I can play on this road trip.” Lander and injured defenceman Nikita Nikitin will both be on the upcoming road trip, with Lander being closer to return. “Anton skated today, looked really good,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “He’s coming on the trip with us. We’re hopeful he’ll get in some action. We’re not sure when on the trip, but that’s why he’s making it. Same thing with Nikitin. (Lander is) coming on the trip as well so we’re hopeful that he can get into some games.” Matt Hendricks had a maintenance day and did not practice.Chris WescottWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150129_lander644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3765237652BLOG: Generating more offencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37651For five straight games, the Oilers offence hasn’t been able to generate more than two goals. That comes after averaging 3.2 per game in their previous five. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson says the key to igniting the offence comes from just generating more zone time, and that takes execution. “I think our offence has to start from our own end, so we have to play less there,” Nelson said. “We have to do a better job of winning loose puck battles, breaking out the puck efficiently and then managing the puck into the offensive zone. If we’re able to do that more consistent, we’ll be able to have more offensive zone play and we should be able to create more opportunities. It’s a full-ice game so we have to manage the puck correctly and have better execution. I think those chances will come once we get the puck in the offensive zone.”Chris WescottWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:25:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150227_potws-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3765137651BLOG: The genesis of the Petry dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37606With Jeff Petry’s status as a pending unrestricted free agent and the looming trade deadline, the Oilers began making inquiries with other clubs weeks ago, while keeping dialogue open for a contract. In the end, the eve of the deadline came and Petry was destined to be moved. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish broke down the trade that eventually sent Petry to Montreal, in exchange for a second and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. “As well as Jeff played all year, we can’t lose sight of the big picture here, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re the 29th team in the league and we have to handle our assets appropriately,” MacTavish said. MacTavish said the Oilers, “talked to a lot of teams over the last number of weeks.” When the Carolina Hurricanes sent defenceman Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles — in exchange for Roland McKeown and a conditional first-round pick — on February 25, the landscape changed. “I was optimistic one day and a little more pessimistic the next day, then it looked like the price was climbing when Sekera went to LA,” MacTavish said. But soon MacTavish realized that maybe Petry wasn’t the top priority for the bidding clubs. “I felt that Jeff was of interest to a lot of teams but he wasn’t necessarily most teams’ primary interest,” the general manager said. Originally, the plan was to come away with a prospect in the return package for Petry. Unfortunately, the Oilers couldn’t get the right deal done, although at one point there were talks with a team other than Montreal. “I said all along my emphasis on this deal was a prospect, and there wasn’t that level of interest back,” MacTavish said. “If I was making the deal with media I might have gotten more, but unfortunately I wasn’t. The market really is what the market is and there’s nobody that’s lazy enough not to make the calls and try to gauge what that market is. Then going into the last day, there’s a considerable risk. There’s a downside risk, as well as an upside risk. We were chasing a deal that made a little bit more sense to me into the later hours last night and it didn’t materialize. So I was circling back to Montreal who really throughout this showed the greatest level of interest and then that was going a little sideways and then later on in the evening we were able to come to an agreement. But I really wasn’t comfortable going into today with a chance that we’ve got the last guy standing and there’s no chairs at the table anymore so there was some downside risk to prolonging this.” The Oilers didn’t prolong things, announcing the deal with Montreal around 7:00 a.m. MST this morning. It’s a deal that now has them with six picks in the first three rounds of the draft. MacTavish says they’ll be in a position to draft some exciting players in a, “extremely” deep draft, as well as make moves to fill some of their, “obvious holes going forward.”Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 20:50:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150302_mact.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3760637606BLOG: How Nelson will be evaluatedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37611As the season continues to move towards its close and the trade deadline has passed, the Oilers continue to evaluate their roster, along with the important position of head coach. Todd Nelson wears the interim tag right now, in an audition to have that label removed at the end of the year. General Manager Craig MacTavish was asked how Nelson would be evaluated down the stretch and it comes down to a level of consistency in play and compete, as well as they continue to respond to adversity. “I think just level of competitiveness,” MacTavish. “I’ve said enough about how I think we’re competing. I think the coach has to be on the dial. One thing for me that’s important is when the team has a poor game, a poor showing or a poor effort, that he’s able to grab them quickly and get their performance level to a much higher level. So there’s some response there and that’s optimistic. We’re not going to make any decisions coaches or the coaching or the head coach until the season is over. I’ve been clear about that from the outset, but we’re all seeing the types of things that we’re going to need to see on a continuing basis to get into a longer term agreement with Todd.”Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 20:44:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20140221_nelly2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3761137611BLOG: Who the Oilers might auditionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37612The Oilers might be in the business of hosting auditions at the end of the season for a few prospects, currently down in Oklahoma City playing in the American Hockey League. General Manager Craig MacTavish listed a few of the players he’d like to see against NHL competition this season. “The guys I’d like to give a chance to, we hope we can,” MacTavish said. “We hope we get an opportunity to see Brandon Davidson again. He played very well the last time he was up here in San Jose, so he’s got lots of promise. I’d like to see Andrew Miller come up here and see what he can do, he’s been a good player down there. Curtis Hamilton, I’d like to give an opportunity to. Bogdan Yakimov and all those guys. The goalie, Laurent Brossoit, has played very well and we’d like to see him come up and hopefully give him a game pretty soon. As disappointing as it is to be selling it this time of year, I’m looking forward to the end of the year where I couldn’t say that last year.” Davidson has played 41 games for the Barons, scoring three goals and five assists. Miller has blown away his goal production from a year ago, scoring 21 and adding 26 assists in 51 AHL games this season. Yakimov has played better in recent months and has nine goals and 12 assists in 50 games for OKC. Brossoit is carrying the load with Richard Bachman up in Edmonton. Brossoit has a record of 18-11-2 in OKC, with a .920 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 20:44:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/10/20141013_yak.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3761237612BLOG: MacTavish on Yakupov’s futurehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37610At the end of this season, Nail Yakupov’s three year entry level contract will be up and he’ll be a restricted free agent. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke about the young winger following the NHL’s trade deadline and the relationship between the club and player moving into the future. “I see it to continue to evolve the way that it has,” MacTavish said. “We all see the promise now that we had when we drafted him. I had zero interest in trading Nail Yakupov. I think we’ve gone this far, we’ve got to see the end now. It has been some ups and downs, some sideways play and some head-scratching stuff and he’s on top of his game now. He shows all the assets that we saw when we drafted him: the speed, the physical power, the shot, he’s making good plays with the puck and who knows what unlatches all that for him, but he’s really figured it out. He’s playing with confidence, he’s a hardworking guy and we’ve got to see how it finishes. I’ve have no question that Yak is going to continue to develop and he’s got a reference point of what he needs to do now because he’s hit a new level. I’m as curious as anybody to see where that level goes because I think it’s sky high.” Yakupov has eight points in his last nine games.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 20:43:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150227_potws-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3761037610BLOG: MacTavish talks young defencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37609Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke to the media after the trade deadline had passed, and one of the topics he touched on was the organization’s young defensive prospects. After trading Jeff Petry to the Montreal Canadiens, the Oilers will get a look at a couple of young blueliners the remainder of the season. But MacTavish is also excited about the future of the blueline in coming years. “We’ll see what Jordan Oesterle has coming forward (this season), we’ll see what Brandon Davidson has coming forward. They’re both young players that have some optimism there that they can develop,” MacTavish said. “We’ve got Darnell Nurse coming forward. Who knows what we’ll get in the draft? We could help ourselves not only at centre but on defence, depending on how this team finishes and where the bingo balls fall.” Oscar Klefbom is another young defenceman that MacTavish singled out at the press conference. The GM is thoroughly impressed with the 21-year-old Klefbom, who is 41 games into the season with the Oilers. MacTavish is hopeful that adding another player like Klefbom to the Oilers will help make the team more competitive a a whole. “We’ve seen the benefit of Oscar coming in and playing those minutes,” MacTavish said. “He just gives you 20 minutes of flawless hockey, and he’s had a great effect on Justin. We bring in one more player who has that effect on our group and a couple other key pieces and all the sudden we’re not only competing with Boston and St. Louis and the better teams in the league, but we’re winning those games.”Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 20:42:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150206_Klefbom4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3760937609BLOG: Trade Deadline Day updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37583The Oilers are on the ice for Monday's practice at Rexall Place. The line combinations are as follows: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Fraser-Hendricks-Hamilton Gazdic-Gordon-Klinkhammer Nikitin, Pitlick and Lander are on the ice in non-contact yellow. Keith Aulie, who cleared waivers, is on the ice.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 17:39:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644klinkhammerpractie1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3758337583BLOG: Players reflect on Petryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37604A couple of Oilers players reflected after practice on Monday on Jeff Petry, who was traded to Montreal this morning, and how he handled the approaching deadline. “Petey was good for us this year,” Boyd Gordon said. “He started to play very well. We’re losing one of our best defencemen. That’s just kind of the way it is with him going to unrestricted free agency in the summer. These things happen.” Oilers Captain Andrew Ference was impressed at how Petry handled the questions from the media and the uncertainty of the deadline as a pending free agent. “He handled it, I think, very professionally, very well. He never let it be a distraction,” Ference said to the media. “I’m sure you guys have dealt with him enough to know he’s a pretty great guy. I think for him a lot of that stuff was out of his control. He was playing the game and playing as well as he can and obviously playing at a level that made him very attractive to some teams who want to make a push here in the playoffs. It’s going to work great for him.” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins knew Petry longer than Ference or Gordon, so not having him in the locker room or on the ice for practice was different. “For me, it’s definitely pretty strange,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “He’s been here since I’ve been here and we were together my first year. It’s definitely tough to see a guy like that go but it was obviously expected. We prepared for it over the last couple of weeks and I think he’s going to have a good shot there and it’s obviously a great city to go to. We wish him all the best.”Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:35:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150113_Petry.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3760437604BLOG: Injury updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37602Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson spoke to the media after practice on Monday and gave updates on a couple of injured players. Two have a positive prognosis. “(Nikita) Nikitin and (Anton) Lander, we’re hopeful that maybe sometime late in this trip coming up or right after the trip. That’s what we’re hopeful for. They’re both skating well, they’re both doing limited contact right now and that’s what we’re hopeful for.” For Iiro Pakarinen however, who injured his knee against St. Louis on Saturday, the prognosis is not so positive. With Pakarinen out for an undetermined amount of time, the Oilers may discuss calling up a forward from Oklahoma City. “I talked to Craig (MacTavish) before practice and he said, ‘Let’s touch base after the deadline is finished and we’ll go from there.’ Pakarinen is going for an MRI today and we’ll find out more with that, but we don’t expect him back anytime soon,” Nelson said.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:33:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150111_ph1-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3760237602BLOG: Moving forward without Petryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37603Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson spoke after practice on Monday, hours after the team traded Jeff Petry to Montreal for a second and conditional fifth-round pick in 2015. In response to a question of how the Oilers will move on without Petry on the blueline, Nelson said it’s opportunity for some players to step up. “We have seven healthy defencemen right now so we have options,” Nelson said. “Obviously, losing a guy like Petey that ate a lot of minutes and was playing some really good hockey for us, that’s a whole that we have to fill. It will give guys opportunities to step up for the rest of the year.” Both Jordan Oesterle and Brandon Davidson are expected to see more time with the big club, along with Mark Fayne eating up more minutes for the Oilers.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:33:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150224_Petry2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3760337603BLOG: Oilers transfer four to OKChttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37596The Oilers have returned Jordan Oesterle, Martin Marincin, Richard Bachman and Ryan Hamilton on loan to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. The transfer makes them eligible to participate in the AHL playoffs.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:14:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-marincin2-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3759637596BLOG: An update on the Oilers selections in 2015 drafthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37581Here is an update on where the Oilers stand in the 2015 NHL Draft after the Jeff Petry trade. The Oilers have two first-round picks in the 2015 draft. They have their own pick and the one acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for David Perron. The Oilers also have two picks in the second round. They have their own second and the one acquired in the Petry trade this morning. In the third, the Oilers own Ottawa’s pick from the Ales Hemsky trade last season. They also own the St. Louis Blues third-round selection from the original Perron trade in 2013. Their own was sent to Anaheim in the Viktor Fasth trade last season. They do not own a fourth-round pick, having sent that to St. Louis in the original Perron trade. Following the Petry trade, the Oilers have the Montreal Canadiens fifth-round pick in 2015, although it is conditional. They also have their own selection in that round. The Oilers have their own picks in the sixth and seventh round. BY THE NUMBERS ROUND 1 - 2 picks ROUND 2 - 2 picks ROUND 3 - 2 picks ROUND 4 - 0 picks ROUND 5 - 2 picks (1 is conditional) ROUND 6 - 1 pick ROUND 7 - 1 pickChris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 12:24:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/06/644396table.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3758137581BLOG: Oilers trade Petry for pair of pickshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37541The Oilers executed a trade early Monday morning, on deadline day, to move one of their pending free agents. The Oilers acquired a second-round pick, as well as a conditional fifth-round pick in 2015 from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for defenceman Jeff Petry. Petry, 27, has played in 295 NHL games, all for the Oilers, since being drafted in the second round of the 206 NHL Draft. He has 17 goals and 57 assists in his career. Montreal is currently the top team in the Eastern Conference with 87 points in the standings. Stay tuned for more trade deadline coverage on edmontonoilers.com.Chris WescottMon, 02 Mar 2015 09:04:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/04/20130425_petry644-2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3754137541BLOG: Oilers place Aulie on waivershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37536The Oilers have placed defenceman Keith Aulie on waivers. The 25-year-old defenceman has played 18 games this season for the Oilers, going -1 with 53 penalty minutes.Chris WescottSun, 01 Mar 2015 12:21:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/11/20141117_aulie3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3753637536BLOG: How close is Oesterle?http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37531Jordan Oesterle played just his second NHL game on Saturday night but in the small sample size the defenceman has earned praise. The 22-year-old played 16:43 in his return to NHL action. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson was asked how close Oesterle is to becoming a full-time NHL player. “He’s pretty close,” Nelson said. “He can definitely skate well up here and he moves the puck fine. Once again tonight, he kind of falls in the same category as (Martin Marincin) where they have to mature and get stronger. But I think Jordan is knocking on the door.” Oesterle, a free agent signing, played three years at Western Michigan University under former NHL bench boss Andy Murray.Chris WescottSun, 01 Mar 2015 02:12:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/03/20150228_oesterle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3753137531BLOG: Hitchcock sees different Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37529St. Louis Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock expected a competitive battle against the Oilers tonight. This morning after the Blues skate, Hitchcock said he sees a different Edmonton team. After the Blues skated away with a 2-1 victory at Rexall Place, Hitchcock was not surprised by the game they got from the Oilers, who have improved their play over recent weeks despite injuries to the lineup. “You get no inside ice now,” Hitchcock said. “You get no inside ice. They don’t chase tired. You get them in their zone and you keep possession, but they don’t chase. They leave you on the outside and it’s hard to get second and third chances. The chances we got were original chances, but if you look at the game I don’t think we had three second chances. It’s because they step on you. They keep you to the outside, they don’t overcommit and they don’t get caught with chasing contact so you might have possession but you’re not really accomplishing very much.”Chris WescottSun, 01 Mar 2015 01:29:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/6444edm.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3752937529BLOG: Friday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37469The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Clareview Recreation Centre. The lines by jersey colour are as follows: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hamilton-Hendricks-Pakarinen (Gazdic & Fraser)-Gordon-Klinkhammer Pitlick and Nikitin are in non-contact yellow Ben Scrivens is showing off a new mask.Chris WescottFri, 27 Feb 2015 16:34:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644pouliotpracticd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3746937469BLOG: Oilers focus down the stretchhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37493There are 20 games remaining in the 2014-15 NHL season. Without playoffs on the radar, the Oilers look to other goals to close out the year. “I think we can play the role of spoiler moving forward,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “If teams are on the bubble, we’re not going to be in the playoffs so maybe we can go out there and spoil some teams’ chances. I think that’s the way we have to approach it. I think we have to come every day in practices and games to work hard to get better and the guys understand that.” But overall, the goal is the same it has been every day, and that’s to continue to improve individually as players while coming together as a team. Those were Nelson’s goals coming in as an interim coach and he hopes they see them out. “Just like we’ve always talked about, trying to get better every day as individuals but also as a team,” Nelson said. “Today I liked what I saw on the ice. The guys were applying the things that we’re teaching and now that has to translate to the game. Based on today, from what I saw, it looks like we’re getting better little by little every day and that has to continue. I think as a staff we have to keep on stressing that let’s come to the rink, let’s improve, let’s try to make ourselves better so we become better hockey players and a better hockey team.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Feb 2015 16:33:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/462687192_crop1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3749337493BLOG: Yakupov looks readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37492Nail Yakupov took to the ice at Clareview Recreation Centre today and once again participated in all of the drills. It looks as though the Oilers winger will be ready to return to game action tomorrow night against St. Louis, after nursing a groin injury. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson all but confirmed it. “It looks like it,” Nelson said. “He skated good today, worked hard and it looks like he’s back to normal.” As for who Yakupov would replace in the lineup, Nelson says he hasn’t discussed that with General Manager Craig MacTavish yet. “Craig and I haven’t had discussions with that. We’ll discuss it later on today,” Nelson said.Chris WescottFri, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150227_potws-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3749237492BLOG: How Nelson develops playershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37491Martin Marincin was a topic of discussion following yesterday’s practice as he has started to move forward in his development after a slow start to the season, which included assignment to Oklahoma City out of training camp. The book on Marincin is that he can make solid defensive plays and be a reliable blueliner, but needs to work on his battle in the corners and in front of the net. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said yesterday that he showed signs of that in the Oilers last game against Minnesota, even helping his team close out the waning seconds of that one-goal victory. Marincin has seen growth in this area as well, saying his battle is getting better. “Yes, it’s great,” Marincin said. “I feel stronger, like I said before the season so for me it is about going to the net and being stronger in front of the net and play simple.” For players like Marincin, who need to make adjustments to their game along their development path, Nelson thinks communication is key. After spending time in OKC working with young prospects, that’s the process Nelson says he uses to help young players like Marincin adjust to the pros and become better players. “Besides the work on the ice that we try to get better at, I think we have to have communication and it has to be a two-way street,” Nelson said. “They have to let me know what they need help with. I can identify some things but there are other things they may want to work on so it’s just constant communication with the player and just trying to help them in certain areas. It’s not only the on-ice play, but maybe it’s the off-ice stuff as well, like getting adjusted to North America if you’re a European player. Things like that. I think it’s constant communication.”Chris WescottFri, 27 Feb 2015 16:28:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-marincin2-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3749137491BLOG: Thursday practice updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37418The Oilers have taken the ice at Rexall Place for practice. They haven't run lines, but Nail Yakupov (groin), Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen) and Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) are all practicing. Pitlick and Nikitin are both wearing non-contact yellow.Chris WescottThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:12:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/644scrimmage3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3741837418BLOG: Update on Yakupovhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37444Nail Yakupov sat out the game in Minnesota with a groin injury, but was back on the ice today at Rexall Place. The Oilers winger competed in all the drills and participated in the extra conditioning at the end of practice. “I felt pretty good,” Yakupov said. “I pushed as hard as I can. I went out a little earlier to see how my leg was going. I think everything was fine and then I got lucky with that skate at the end. Should be feeling pretty good. We’ll see tomorrow, but I hope I’ll be back in the lineup soon.” Yakupov says he didn’t enjoy watching his team compete without him in Minnesota and hopes he’s ready soon. “That wasn’t a great feeling at all,” Yakupov said. “I don’t like to watch the game from upstairs, but I still was kind of nervous. I wanted my team to get two points and they did, so it was a good feeling.” He may be back sooner than later, possibly even on Saturday against St. Louis. “It looks pretty good, based on what I saw today. He practiced well and we’ll see how it reacts tomorrow,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said.Chris WescottThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:52:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150219_yak1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3744437444BLOG: Marincin’s battle is uphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37445The Oilers had a 23-year-old defenceman on the ice in the waning seconds of their 2-1 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Martin Marincin helped the Oilers run out the clock and preserve the one-goal victory. Having Marincin on the ice in a crucial moment signifies trust in his game and development in the player. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson says the biggest thing Marincin has improved on lately is his assertiveness when it comes to puck battles in the hard areas. He showed that against Minnesota. “I think, his battle. That’s one thing we’ve always tried to work on with him,” Nelson said. “Last game in the last minute or 40 seconds or whatever he really competed hard and we saw that trend throughout the game. He has a good, long stick and that’s fine, but when it comes to a battle in front of the net and in corners we liked what we saw and that’s why he was out there.”Chris WescottThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:52:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150218_ph3-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3744537445BLOG: Bakersfield to remain as Condorshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37412The Bakersfield Condors announced this evening that their name will remain the Condors when they move into the American Hockey League next season.Marc CiampaWed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/05/20140523_Baks.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3741237412BLOG: Joey Moss to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Famehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37430Oilers longtime locker room assistant Joey Moss will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the achievement category. The ceremony will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, AB on Friday, May 29. Moss, born with Down syndrome, first joined the Oilers in 1984 when he was brought into the organization by Wayne Gretzky. For years, Moss has served as an inspiration to the citizens of Edmonton and is somewhat of a celebrity. His likeness appears on a mural on 99th street in Edmonton. He has won numerous awards for personal achievement, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee and the NHL Alumni Association’s Seventh Man Award.Chris WescottWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:30:00 ESThttp://cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/09/20130924_JoeyMoss.jpeghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3743037430BLOG: Bob Brown headed to Kamloops Hall of Famehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37411Oilers amateur scout Bob Brown was announced on Wednesday as an inductee to the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. From the official press release: Former Kamloops Blazers general manager Bob Brown heads up the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 in the hall’s 25th anniversary year. Brown oversaw the hockey operations of the most celebrated modern era franchise in major junior hockey history. Brown had the task of pulling it all together, working with a community based board of directors, and a strong network of hockey minds from scouts, to coaches, and players and, away from the ice -- billets, fans, community leaders and sponsors. The result of his leadership and, commitment to excellence produced a dynasty decade of hockey, unparalleled in the city, and, the country by a major junior teams. 1985-1995 is the stuff legends are made of and, Brown is a legend going into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. The Blazers will long be known for equalling the record of three Memorial Cup titles in four years (92, 94, 95) but during Brown’s 10 years, the Blazers won 10 WHL western conference titles appearing in 10 WHL finals winning five league titles, appearing in five Memorial Cup tournaments and winning the three. The Blazers lost six of their first seven games in the first three tournament appearances in ‘86, ‘90 and, ‘92 but after losing its opener in 92, the club reeled off 12 straight wins in the three championship seasons to hold the current M-C record winning streak. Its 13 & 6 tournament record along with its 108 &54 playoff run and, the 484-202-33 regular season record during the dynasty decade resulted in 605 wins, an average of slightly more than 60 per season. The numbers are staggering but just as staggering is the number of players and, coaches who forged pro careers. Most people will remember the names of Hitchcock, Renney and, Hay who were coaches mentored by Brown and, countless great players including current and, future hockey hall of famers, but there have been an untold number who have gone on to become great citizens in their communities, in leadership capacities. Brown’s legacy to Kamloops is immeasurable. His induction will take place April 11th at the 25th Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, 6pm in the Grand Hall Ballroom at the TRU Student’s Activity Centre. Sam Lenarduzzi of BC soccer fame will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $45 apiece and will be available at the I-S-C Box office.Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:54:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3741137411Video and audio from Monday's practicehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37329Marc CiampaMon, 23 Feb 2015 14:35:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3732937329BLOG: Petry, Pitlick, Nikitin, Lander & Yak injury updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37331Nikita Nikitin and Tyler Pitlick both skated with the team Monday at Rexall Place for the first time since suffering their respective injuries. Both are getting closer to returning. “They skated with us today. There was no contact but it was good to see them on the ice practicing with us. They’re still both a ways away but it’s one of those things where we’ll take it day-by-day with both guys and see how they feel and how they respond after skating with us,” Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson stated, adding with Pitlick's injury being a lacerated spleen they need to be more cautious. “It’s a process with him. It’s good to see him on the ice skating and we’ll see if it’s mending properly then we’ll go from there,” Nelson continued. “He just needs to try and stay in the best shape possible. He had limited activity right after the injury. But he looked good out there today and it looks like he’s been doing stuff in the gym to maintain his physical fitness.” Pitlick added that he has been feeling much better and was glad to finally get on the ice with his teammates. “Everything’s been feeling good. I haven’t been in any pain in awhile so that part’s going good. I’ve been getting on the ice. Today’s my first practice with the team. I’ve got to wait for my next scan, wait for word that everything is healed up and then start taking my next contact.” Pitlick is hopeful to join the team for their upcoming five-game road trip in early March. “We’re trying to push it up to March 3. So hopefully I can get that scan, go on the road with the guys, do some practices and then by the time we get back from the road maybe get in a game,” Pitlick remarked, adding he's been experiencing some cabin fever wanting to get back out there. “There’s not much you can do for a month. I pretty much sat on the couch and watched TV for a month straight and then started walking on the treadmill a little bit, just easing into it. It’s been boring. I haven’t had much to do. It’s not like a knee where you’re on the table, doing some exercises or getting work done. There’s not much you can do except rest.” Pitlick said that at first, he didn't feel anything after a collision with Lance Bouma lacerated his spleen. “I knew it was a big collision right away because I felt the impact,” he said. “It really didn’t hurt that bad initially. I just kind of felt like I had the wind knocked out of me. I kept skating and had a few more shifts. I felt all right. I just felt like I had something in my stomach. I finished the game and afterwards I went in the training room and got ice for my shoulder. Wasn’t really thinking about my stomach but just kind of asked about it. They checked it out and there was some tenderness there so they wanted to make sure everything was all right before I got on the plane. “It’s a good thing they did because as soon as we got in the cab and headed to the hospital, the pain escalated. It’s a good thing they caught it and I wasn’t on the plane when that happened.” PETRY ALMOST READY Jeff Petry skated again with the team and said he felt like he could be ready to go tomorrow when the Oilers meet the Minnesota Wild. “I’m hoping to be in the lineup against Minny. It was just a shot to the ribs, nothing was broken. Just bruised. It’s pretty sore to rotate but every day’s gotten a lot better and I didn’t have any issues today.” Coach Nelson did add that the team did not have any further updates on Anton Lander's shoulder injury. YAKUPOV UPDATE Nail Yakupov got hurt last game but played the entire contest. Today, he started practice but left early. Coach Nelson said that him leaving practice was precautionary and he will travel with the team to Minnesota. “Last game he tweaked something. He got through the game but we just shut him down (today) for precautionary reasons. He’s making the trip and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”Marc CiampaMon, 23 Feb 2015 14:04:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/11/20141130_pit.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3733137331BLOG: Oilers practicing on Monday at Rexall Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37325The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place this morning, prior to departure for Minnesota for a one-game road trip. Tyler Pitlick and Nikita Nikitin are both on the ice (in yellow non-contact jerseys), skating with the team for the first time since suffering their respective injuries. Line combinations up front are: Pouliot-RNH-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hamilton-Hendricks-Pakarinen Fraser/Gazdic-Gordon-KilnkhammerMarc CiampaMon, 23 Feb 2015 12:08:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644klinkhammerpractie1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3732537325BLOG: Good reviews for Oesterle debuthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3731322-year-old defenceman Jordan Oesterle made his NHL debut tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. The significance of the moment hit him when he lined up for a faceoff early in the game. “It was on a faceoff,” Oesterle said. “I looked over and there was Corey Perry just standing next to me and I was just like, ‘wow.’” Oesterle played 16:34 for the game, paired with Andrew Ference. “I was really nervous at the beginning but I took a short shift at the beginning and got the nerves out of there. But Ference really helped me by communicating a lot to me and made my game pretty easy,” Oesterle said. Oesterle may have been nervous, but he made an impression on Interim Coach Todd Nelson, who also coached the blueliner in Oklahoma City. “He was excellent,” Nelson said. “I thought for a guy coming in for his first hockey game in the National Hockey League he was really good. He moved his feet, he made some really good decisions with the puck, he handled himself fine in the corners. I think for a first game for a young defenceman, that was a nice game for him.” He’s been touted for his high-end skating abilities and puck-moving prowess, but even Ference was surprised at how much the rookie wanted the puck. “Really, really good,” Ference said of his defensive partner’s debut. “He had great composure, fantastic skating ability, he was so calm. I still remember my first game when I didn’t want to touch the puck and he’s handling it and skating up the ice real well, making great plays. Very impressive.”Chris WescottSat, 21 Feb 2015 22:34:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/306172-edmana1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3731337313BLOG: Oilers tinker with lineuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37305The Oilers will ice a different lineup tonight against the Ducks than they did last night in a 4-0 loss to the Wild. Keith Aulie will be taken out of the lineup with Jordan Oesterle making his NHL debut. “I think anytime a player plays their first game, it’s an exciting time,” Nelson said. “We’re facing a very good hockey team and it’s going to be a great challenge for him. But he’s a guy who can skate very well, he moves the puck well and I’m very excited to watch him play tonight.” Luke Gazdic replaces Matt Fraser on the wing. The line combinations are expected as follows: Pouliot-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle Purcell-Roy-Yakupov Hamilton-Hendricks-Pakarinen Gazdic-Gordon-Klinkhammer Ben Scrivens will start in net for the Oilers. The defensive pairings are expected to be: Klefbom-Schultz Marincin-Fayne Ference-OesterleChris WescottSat, 21 Feb 2015 17:24:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-oesterle-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3730537305BLOG: Klinkhammer signing shores up fourth linehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37254The Oilers announced a one-year contract extension for Rob Klinkhammer on Friday morning. The 28-year-old winger and Lethbridge, Alberta native has meshed well on a line with Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks. Since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade on January 2, Klinkhammer has been more than satisfied with his time in Edmonton. “It’s gone really well here,” Klinkhammer said. “I really enjoy the guys, I like the staff, top to bottom everyone has been great. I like my role here, I think I’ve got good chemistry with my linemates. I like the responsibility that we have so I love it. I signed a one-year extension with them and I’m really happy with the steps the team is taking. I want to be a part of this rebuild and help the team go in the right direction.” General Manager Craig MacTavish gave his assessment of Klinkhammer on Friday, saying that he gives the Oilers a solid fourth line moving into next season. “I just think that he came in and played a role that we needed,” MacTavish said. “He meshed well with Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon, which gives us a real good fourth line going into next year. He closed gaps very quickly, he finished every check. So the focus will be on Rob to continue to play the game that way and add some impetuous to our forechecking ability, and he did that. So we wanted to bring him back and put him back in that role and give him that opportunity next year.” Klinkhammer combines surprising speed with his 6-foot-3, 214-pound frame to provide physicality and aggression on the forecheck. In 157 NHL games, Klinkhammer has 41 points (20-21-41).Chris WescottFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150105_Klink1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3725437254BLOG: Update on Jeff Petry talkshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37252Jeff Petry is maybe the Oilers most high-profile pending free agent. The 27-year-old defenceman has shown steady growth over the last six weeks or so, and with the trade deadline approaching the Oilers have a decision to make. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said today that they’re in conversations with Petry’s camp on a new contract. “I’ll just say this about Jeff, we really challenged him on a one-year contract and he’s clearly met that challenge. His game is at a level I think right now that it hasn’t been at before and I give Jeff a lot of credit for that,” MacTavish said. “As for a contract or what the course of action is going forward, I’ve had many conversations over the last four weeks with Wade Arnott, Jeff’s representative, as you might imagine and they’ve all been constructive conversations but I’m just going to leave it at that and we’ll see what happens going forward.” Petry also acknowledge the two sides are talking, but gave no further update on progress. “They’ve had some communication and talks have started and that’s all I can really say at the moment,” Petry said. “Edmonton has been great to me. Both sides are going to communicate here for the next little bit and see if we can’t find something that works best for both sides.” Petry was taken in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft. He has 294 NHL games under his belt with 17 goals and 74 points. He will not play tonight against the Minnesota Wild as he nurses a rib ailment.Chris WescottFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:40:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644edm-nyi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3725237252BLOG: Oilers “unlikely” to trade Roy, hopeful for dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37251The Oilers acquired Derek Roy in a trade with Nashville on December 29. Since that day, Roy has 12 points (5-7-12) in 23 games for Edmonton, and has made even more of an impact off the stat sheet when it comes to his experience, leadership and positive effect on Nail Yakupov. The pending 31-year-old unrestricted free agent’s status with the Oilers in the future is unclear, but General Manager Craig MacTavish says they’ll begin conversations with his representation. “I think with Derek, we’re in the process of reaching out to him to see what his feeling is in terms of getting into a relationship with us going forward,” MacTavish said after morning skate at Rexall Place. “I think that’s something where there will be some things that will impact that relationship going forward. I think as good of a job as Derek has done and as much as he’s fit in well here, that will be something that will be done at the end of the year.” When it comes to the looming trade deadline on March 2, MacTavish indicated it was unlikely the Oilers would look to move Roy for just any compensation. They value his chemistry with Yakupov and how he’s helped with the young winger’s development, as well as what he brings to the locker room. “In my mind, we wouldn’t trade Derek for a superficial asset,” MacTavish said. “I think it’s very unlikely that he’ll be moved because of the fact that we have considerable interest in him longer term and he has meshed well with Yak and his development and that’s very important to us and the hockey club going forward.”Chris WescottFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:26:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150219_roy1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3725137251BLOG: Oilers sign Klinkhammer and Hamiltonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37264The Oilers announced that they have signed wingers Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Hamilton to one-year contract extensions.Marc CiampaFri, 20 Feb 2015 12:04:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644klinkhammer1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3726437264BLOG: Oesterle recalled; Lander placed on IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37263The Oilers announced on Friday morning that defenceman Jordan Oesterle has been recalled from the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons and centre Anton Lander has been placed on injured reserve. This is Oesterle's first NHL tour of duty. He has played 49 games this season in his rookie AHL campaign and has six goals and 15 assists for 21 points along with a +5 rating and six penalty minutes. He is second in scoring among Barons defencemen this season.Marc CiampaFri, 20 Feb 2015 11:05:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-oesterle-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3726337263BLOG: Yakupov develops ESP before Marincin’s goalhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37195Martin Marincin wouldn’t be the first choice in the shootout. In fact, Marincin was the Oilers 24th shooter against the Bruins. But when the defenceman tucked the puck under Tuukka Rask for the game-winning tally, there was at least one person in Rexall Place not the least bit surprised. “I got a feeling,” Nail Yakupov said. “I was 100% sure that Marty would score a goal. I didn’t know why, but it was fun.” There are some that think Marincin lost the puck when he reached the crease, but if not it was a slick fake out that fooled Rask. “No, that was really my move,” Marincin joked after the game. “I just tried to make some move and have good luck and it’s in.”Chris WescottThu, 19 Feb 2015 02:46:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150218_ph3-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3719537195BLOG: Injury update on Lander and Petryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37196The Oilers had to battle the Bruins down two skaters in the third period. Anton Lander left the game with a shoulder injury, while Jeff Petry left with a rib ailment. Interim Coach Todd Nelson gave a brief update after the game, though with no new information, as the pair will be checked out by the medical staff tomorrow. “Shoulder injury,” Nelson said of Lander. “We’ll reevaluate him tomorrow. Petry, we all saw he got the shot off the rib area, so once again, we’ll see how they are tomorrow and we’ll have a more definite outlook to see when they’re going to be back or they’re skating.”Chris WescottThu, 19 Feb 2015 02:46:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150129_lander644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3719637196BLOG: Scrivens activated off IR; Fasth on IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37206The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have activated goaltender Ben Scrivens off injured reserve and have placed goaltender Viktor Fasth on the injured reserve list.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseWed, 18 Feb 2015 11:25:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3720637206BLOG: Draisaitl named WHL Player of the Weekhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37125Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl has been named the WHL's Player of the Week. From the WHL's official press release: ROCKETS’ DRAISAITL NAMED DENNY’S WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK CALGARY, AB -The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets forward Leon Draisaitl is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 15th, 2015. Draisaitl collected nine points (2g-7a), while posting a plus-four rating in four games over the past week to help lead the Rockets to a 3-1-0-0 record over that span. On Monday, February 9th, Draisaitl tallied two assists to lead the Rockets to a 5-2 win over the Prince George Cougars. On Friday, February 13th, Draisaitl collected three assists against the Victoria Royals in a 7-3 victory while also earning first star honours. Draisaitl concluded the week with a four point performance (2g-2a) against the Moose Jaw Warriors on February 14th in which he scored the game-winning goal and added another in a 6-0 shutout victory. A 19-year-old Cologne, Germany native, Draisaitl has gathered 27 points (9g-18a) along with a plus-nine rating in 17 games this season. The 6’1”, 210 lb forward is in his third WHL campaign and first with Kelowna. Draisaitl has amassed 190 points (68g-122a) in 145 career WHL regular season contests and was selected third overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014 NHL Draft.Marc CiampaMon, 16 Feb 2015 17:24:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644draisaitl3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3712537125Video and audio from Sundayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37089Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:41:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3708937089BLOG: Scrivens injury updatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37090Ben Scrivens spoke to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola after practice on Sunday to talk about his recovery from a hamstring injury. “It’s progressing well. I’m feeling good in practice. It’s getting a little better every day,” Scrivens began. “I’m doing what the doctors and trainers are telling me to do and doing everything I can to get back as quickly as possible.” Scrivens said that the play came about from a fluke incident where he was trying to scramble back to the net in New Jersey to prevent a goal. “I went to play the puck behind the net, it wasn’t a great puck play, I kind of gave it away. Tried to get it to Schultzie and turned it over and a guy try to come and stuff it really quickly. I came out and spread and jammed the post so I was in a full spread and torqued it a little extra. “You kind of feel something but obviously I was good enough to keep going. It tightened up that night and I talked to the trainers and started to get treatment done the next morning.” Coach Nelson added that he expects to see Scrivens back on the team's upcoming three-game homestand which starts Wednesday against Boston.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Feb 2015 16:39:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/12/20141211_scrivensmask644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3709037090BLOG: Injury updates & Klinkhammer's statushttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37091There was a myriad of injury updates following Sunday's practice. Tom Gazzola spoke with Benoit Pouliot, who played his first game on Saturday after missing five with a foot injury. “I felt good. The foot felt good. It wasn’t really the game I was hoping for but I’ll talk personally. I think I felt okay. In the third I felt a little bit better. The first two periods were slow but after that I gained speed,” said Pouliot. Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks both didn't skate on Sunday. For Gordon, interim head coach Todd Nelson termed it a maintenance day. For Hendricks, the hope was a day of complete rest would show some more recovery. “He tried it yesterday (at pre-game warm-up in Ottawa). We thought a day of rest today would be better off. We’ll try it again tomorrow morning,” said Nelson, adding that losing a player like Hendricks hurts the team. “Let’s face it. He’s an emotional guy, he’s a glue guy in the room and he’s a leader. The thing is, any time you lose a guy like that out of your lineup, you’re going to miss him.” Nelson added that Ben Scrivens, who was retroactively placed on IR on Saturday, will not play tomorrow due to his hamstring injury but is a potential for the team's upcoming three-game homestand. “He’s not going to be available for tomorrow. We’re just trying to get him ready for our homestand at home.” Another absence at skate was Rob Klinkhammer. He will likely not play on Monday, but for a different reason. When he landed in Winnipeg, he got news that his wife was in labour. He immediately jumped in a car and drove overnight to Lethbridge. He is still awaiting word on the new addition to his family.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Feb 2015 16:38:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150206_klinkhammer644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3709137091BLOG: Oilers looking to bounce backhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37092One day after a disappointing 7-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Oilers were back on the ice in Winnipeg and looking to bounce back. “We had a really good meeting before practice. We had a spirited practice out there and the guys competed hard. That’s the great thing about the game of hockey. We got to wake up this morning, get back in the saddle and try to rectify things,” said Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson. Nelson added that the way the team played was odd to him considering they had made some great strides throughout the week with three excellent games, particularly against two tough Eastern Conference teams in New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. “I wish I could figure it out. I’m sure every coach would like to figure it out because it’s pretty odd, right? Especially when we were trending in the right direction and then we come out with that performance,” Nelson continued. “There were so many things. All 20 guys were culprits. Just our thought process with our system work, making plays, our execution was off. It was one of those games. I think the most important thing now is us moving forward and trying to get back to where we were in Montreal and Long Island.” Benoit Pouliot added that he felt the team could give a lot more than they showed on Saturday. “You don’t want those games to happen too often. Yesterday afternoon was pretty embarrassing. Just the way that we played. We didn’t really try that hard. Intensity was low and they scored seven goals. It showed. We can’t play like this or we’ll be like this every night.” Jordan Eberle did add that despite the loss, the team has been showing positive signs. “We’re definitely playing better as a team, with the exception of last game. Before that, we were really starting to hum,” Eberle began. “When we play bad, we lose. It’s plain and simple but now when we play good and play the right way, we’re winning. That just shows the signs of a good team. We just have to bring that consistent level every night and play the way we know we can.” Eberle expects a battle on Monday night against a Winnipeg team coming off the high of a shootout win in Detroit. “Moving forward to Winnipeg, they’re a good team. They play a lot like Ottawa. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re fast. We know they’re going to come around in our face so we have to play a lot better than we did.”Marc CiampaSun, 15 Feb 2015 16:27:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/EDMOTT_DL1_021415.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3709237092BLOG: Oilers are on the ice in Winnipeghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37088The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Winnipeg this afternoon. Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks and Rob Klinkhammer are not skating. Forward Lines: Purcell - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle Hamilton - Roy - Yakupov Pouliot - Lander - Pakarinen Gazdic - Fraser UPDATE: Klinkhammer is in Lethbridge with his wife awaiting the arrival of his child.Marc CiampaSun, 15 Feb 2015 13:11:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/01/306ference.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3708837088BLOG: Pouliot activated; Scrivens to IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37058Oilers have activated forward Benoit Pouliot from the injured reserve list; Place goaltender Ben Scrivens on IR.Marc CiampaSat, 14 Feb 2015 13:58:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644poluiot1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3705837058BLOG: Hendricks, Pouliot taking warm-up in Ottawahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37056The Oilers are on the ice for warm-up in Ottawa prior to this afternoon's game. Benoit Pouliot and Matt Hendricks are both out there for the visitors. Luke Gazdic is also on the ice while Matt Fraser is not. Line combinations coming.Marc CiampaSat, 14 Feb 2015 13:36:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3705637056BLOG: Hall on his injury & team performancehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37028Taylor Hall attended the World’s Longest Hockey Game in Sherwood Park, an event to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He signed autographs, took a tour of the facilities and chatted with the players, volunteers and fans. He spoke with Oilers TV about his time there, but also touched on his own health. Hall is out six weeks with a bone injury in his lower leg. He provided the following update. “Not much to say right now, I’m still in a walking boot and I’m still in a slow process right now,” Hall said. “Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks here I can get the boot off, get it moving and get it strong so I can come back as soon as I can.” Hall, in Edmonton, has been watching his team play the past few games and has seen a win in New Jersey, a great effort against the Islanders and a resilient win in Montreal. “The guys are playing so hard, it’s fun to watch,” Hall said. “I’ve said this before, you want to see your team do well when you’re out and it’s almost harder because you want to be a part of that winning atmosphere. The way that they’re working and the way they’re working is great. That’s something they need to continue and hopefully, when I can get back in the lineup, we can continue that.”Chris WescottFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:56:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/12/20141230_ph5644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3702837028BLOG: Hendricks and Pouliot injury updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37019Benoit Pouliot skated with the team for the third straight time as he appeared to be getting closer to a return to the lineup. Coach Nelson said a final decision will be made on Saturday morning to determine if he's ready to play the Senators at 2:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. MST). “When you add a guy like Benny it’s always going to help your team. Tomorrow morning we’ll have another discussion to see where we’re at. There’s a lot of questions up in the air with the lineup tomorrow so we’ll have the rest of the day to think about it and see how guys are. We’ll make decisions tomorrow.” Matt Hendricks did not practice today. He blocked a handful of shots against the Canadiens and at least one of them hurt a little more than usual. “Matty took a puck off the ankle and today was a day where he wasn’t able to go out and practice. If anybody knows Matt, he wants to go out there and play. Tomorrow morning we’ll re-evaluate him and we’ll see if he’s good to go for tomorrow.”Marc CiampaFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644poluiot1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3701937019BLOG: Oilers riding high of Thursday's winhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37018After an emotional win on Thursday in Montreal, the Oilers had a very spirited practice at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, near Ottawa. The team was still coming off the high of one of their best victories of the season. “I’m going to enjoy this the rest of the day and tomorrow morning when I wake up we’ll get geared up for Ottawa," said Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson following practice. "It was a big win for our hockey team. We played well. We stuck with our game plan and today’s a good day for the guys to enjoy themselves.” The practice was brief and to the point, lasting about 30 minutes. “We worked hard. It was short but we can enjoy this. It was a big win for us.” Coach Nelson talked about the importance of the victory, helping to reinforce the message after the team played so well on Tuesday against the Islanders but came away with zero points. “Bouncing back after the Islanders game was huge for us. We played well but didn’t get rewarded. Last night we did. It was a good sign for us. The guys feel good about it. “We have to keep on pushing forward. Last night was one game. It was a big game for us character-wise but we have to keep building on that and moving forward.”Marc CiampaFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:27:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/20150212_oilhabswinner644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3701837018BLOG: Oilers at practice in Ottawahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=37009The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa ahead of Saturday afternoon's game against the Senators. Benoit Pouliot is on the ice once again, as is Ben Scrivens. Matt Hendricks is not skating. The team did not run lines.Marc CiampaFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:19:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroad6.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3700937009BLOG: Rimmer announces cancer diagnosis, has surgeryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36956Bakersfield Condors goaltender Ty Rimmer, 22, has not played a game since January 16, while dealing with health issues. On Wednesday night, Rimmer broke the news on twitter that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and underwent surgery to remove the tumour. “Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The tumor was surgically removed and I am on my way to a full recovery!,” Rimmer said via his twitter account. “The more awareness we can raise about this, the better! So I would like to encourage all young men to get themselves checked out. This disease can manifest very quickly, and may advance rapidly. So please don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor if you notice anything.” Rimmer, an Edmonton native, is signed to an AHL deal with the Oilers. In the last two seasons, Rimmer has seen action with the Oklahoma City Barons (3 games, 2.65 GAA and .930 save percentage), the Quad City Mallards (39 games, 2.84 GAA and .906 save percentage) and the Bakersfield Condors (25 games, 3.20 GAA and .889 save percentage). “Thank you to my family, friends, doctors and the entire Edmonton Oilers organization for being so supportive during this time!,” he said on twitter. Oilers prospect Brandon Davidson was also diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012. He has since made a full recovery and is currently playing with the Barons, after making his NHL debut on December 10, 2014 in Anaheim.Chris WescottThu, 12 Feb 2015 12:52:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/09/20140925tyrimmer.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3695636956BLOG: Oilers morning skate in Montrealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36982The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate at the Bell Center in Montreal. Benoit Pouliot is on the ice. As is Ben Scrivens, who took the ice early to test out his sore hamstring. After taking some shots in the first drill, Scrivens skated off. Forward lines are: Pouliot/Purcell-RNH-Eberle Hamilton-Roy-Yakupov Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer Gazdic-Lander-PakarinenMarc CiampaThu, 12 Feb 2015 10:56:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3698236982BLOG: Fraser, Bachman not in warm-upshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36913The Oilers are on the ice for warm-ups at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Viktor Fasth is the only goaltender on the ice for Edmonton. The designated backup for tonight, Richard Bachman, has likely not made it to the rink on time. Recent call-up Ryan Hamilton is skating on a line with Derek Roy and Nail Yakupov. Matt Fraser is not on the ice for the Oilers.Marc CiampaTue, 10 Feb 2015 18:35:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3691336913BLOG: Oilers recall Bachman & Hamilton; Hall/Pouliot to IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36903The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled goaltender Richard Bachman (emergency recall) and winger Ryan Hamilton from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. Bachman, 27, has posted a 14-4-3 record in 22 games this season with the Barons, including three shutouts, a 2.30 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Bachman was also named to the 2015 AHL All Star Game as a member of the Western Conference. The 5’10”, 176-pound goaltender has appeared in three career games for the Oilers, registering a 3.02 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Hamilton, 29, has registered 29 points (15G, 14A), six penalty minutes and a plus 11 rating in 32 games with the Barons this season. The 6’2”, 219-pound forward has appeared in 14 career NHL games, posting three assists and two penalty minutes and he has also played in two playoff games, notching one assist. The Oilers also announced they have placed forwards Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot on the injured reserve list.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseTue, 10 Feb 2015 12:00:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2013/10/bachmansave.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3690336903BLOG: Oilers on ice for optional morning skatehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36884The Oilers are on the ice for an optional morning skate in New Jersey. Jeff Petry is on the ice after taking a maintenance day on Sunday. Benoit Pouliot is also on the ice in full gear, skating with the team for the first time since his injury.Marc CiampaMon, 09 Feb 2015 11:23:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroad6.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3688436884BLOG: Fayne comments on return to Jerseyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36883Oilers defenceman Mark Fayne makes his return to New Jersey tonight for the first time since signing with the Oilers in the offseason. He talked about his return: “It’s a little different coming back here, dressing in the away locker room. But, again, it’s good to be back and see some guys but it’s a business trip. You’ve got to have a mindset of no friends out there and get two points.” Read more in our feature story "Fayne Returns Home" in the Oilers mobile app.Marc CiampaMon, 09 Feb 2015 10:20:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/644396fayne.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3688336883Sunday's Video and Audio from New Jerseyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36832Sun, 08 Feb 2015 13:51:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3683236832BLOG: Petry and Pouliot injury updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36833Following practice, Coach Nelson gave updates on the status of Jeff Petry and Benoit Pouliot. Neither player skated on Sunday. Nelson wasn't concerned with Petry, saying he expected him to play tomorrow. “It was just a maintenance day with Petey. We spoke about it last night. Guys that were maybe not feeling right should take a day to get better and that’s all that happened with Petey.” The coach added that Pouliot was doubtful for a return to the lineup on Monday. “It’s day-to-day. We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning. He did take the ice briefly yesterday morning just to check it out so we’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.”Marc CiampaSun, 08 Feb 2015 13:48:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644edm-nyi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3683336833BLOG: Hall heads back to Edmonton for MRIhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36830The Oilers announced on Sunday that Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton to undergo further assessment on his injured left ankle. Following practice, Coach Todd Nelson explained the reason for sending Hall back. “It wasn’t responded like we wanted it to. He’s going to get an MRI just to make sure that we know what we’re dealing with. Then we’ll go through the process after that,” Nelson stated.Marc CiampaSun, 08 Feb 2015 12:29:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/20150106_ph2-644.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3683036830BLOG: Oilers practicing in New Jerseyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36829The Oilers are practicing in New Jersey at the Devils' practice rink attached to the Prudential Center. Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Petry are not skating. Forward lines are the same as last game: Purcell-RNH-Eberle Fraser-Roy-Yakupov Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen Hendricks-Gordon-KlinkhammerMarc CiampaSun, 08 Feb 2015 12:21:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practicefayneroad2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3682936829BLOG: Oilers at morning skate in Torontohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36790The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Toronto. The lines up front are the same as yesterday's practice: Purcell-RNH-Eberle Fraser-Roy-Yakupov Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen Hendricks-Gordon-KlinkhammerMarc CiampaSat, 07 Feb 2015 11:29:00 ESThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroadpetry1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3679036790Friday's video and audiohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36779Marc CiampaFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:39:00 ESThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3677936779BLOG: Nelson on the team's improvementhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36782Todd Nelson was asked after practice about the team's continued improvement on the ice. After winning just seven of their first 36 games, the club is 7-7-2 in their last 16. “It’s getting better. Every day we go out to practice we stress tempo, execution and compete," Nelson began. "Today’s practice was a good day for us. We had all those elements and the guys worked hard. All we can do is just keep working at it. “Every day we go out there’s been signs of improvement.”Marc CiampaFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:37:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/02/462687192_crop1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3678236782BLOG: Update on Hall and Pouliothttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36783Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson was asked following practice on Friday about the status of Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot since neither player skated with the team. “It’s day-to-day with both guys," said Nelson. "Benoit is probably going to recover a bit quicker than Taylor. They’re both on the trip and I think the first step is get them out for practice and see how they feel.”Marc CiampaFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:37:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644pouliotpracticd1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3678336783BLOG: Marincin a 'strong possibility' for Saturdayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36784Defenceman Martin Marincin was recalled on Thursday and joined the team today in Toronto. Oilers interim head coach wasn't tipping his hand in terms of what his lineup might look like on Saturday but he did say it was likely Marincin will play. “It’s a strong possibility," he said. "We brought him up here for a reason. We haven’t made a decision on the lineup yet. I wanted to see how he was in practice — I thought he was fine. It gives us options on this trip.”Marc CiampaFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:37:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-marincin-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3678436784BLOG: Oilers practicing in Torontohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36776The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Toronto at the Leafs practice facility. Forward line combinations are: Purcell-RNH-Eberle Fraser-Roy-Yakupov Gazdic-Lander-Pakarinen Hendricks-Gordon-KlinkhammerMarc CiampaFri, 06 Feb 2015 13:02:00 ESThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644practiceroadrnh1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3677636776Oilers Recall Marincin, Nikitin to IRhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36734The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. Marincin, 22, has registered seven points (7A) and 20 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Barons this season. The 6’4”, 203-pound blueliner has appeared in 12 games this season with the Oilers, posting one assist and two penalty minutes. The Oilers also announced they have placed defenceman Niki Nikitin on the injured reserve list.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseThu, 05 Feb 2015 13:30:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644396-marincin2-okc.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3673436734BLOG: Morning skate updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=36723Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot are absent from Oilers morning skate. Freshly recalled Iiro Pakarinen is on the left side with Derek Roy and Purcell. Line Combinations: Yakupov-RNH-Eberle Pakarinen-Roy-Purcell Fraser-Lander-Gazdic Hendricks-Gordon-Klinkhammer Defensive Pairings: Ference-Petry Klefbom-Schultz Aulie-FayneChris WescottWed, 04 Feb 2015 11:39:00 ESThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/01/644klinkhammer2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=3672336723