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All Rights Reserveden-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 03:18:16 ESTPre-Game Content - World Cup - Sept. 19http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47752Chris WescottMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:33:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160919_PRENUGE.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4775247752Pre-Game Content - World Cup - Sept. 18http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47743Chris WescottSun, 18 Sep 2016 13:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160909_connor1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4774347743Pre-Game Content - World Cup - Sept. 17http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47729Chris WescottSat, 17 Sep 2016 15:30:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160917_crosby.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4772947729World Cup Day 2 Contenthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47725Chris WescottFri, 16 Sep 2016 21:26:00 EDThttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4772547725Rookie Camp Day 1 - Stories and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47688edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 15 Sep 2016 16:43:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2011/09/20110910_tt.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4768847688World Cup Media Day Contenthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47689edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:47:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160911_WCMediaDay1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4768947689BLOG: Rookie Camp is a gohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47696Oilers Rookie Camp is officially in swing as day one kicks off with medicals and fitness testing at Rogers Place before the rookies travel to Penticton to take part once again in the Young Stars Classic. Now under one big, shiny new roof, the prospects are preparing for a weekend of hard work where the Oilers development staff will have a chance to really take a look at the prospects and under a more controlled setting. “Throughout the year you watch these players all the time, and you see how they’re developing, and I think the biggest thing is that we all know their skill level and what they can bring to an organization,” said Kelly Buchburger, Vice President of Player Development. “Obviously, you want to see them at their best and this is a good measuring point right now and then going into main camp, we’re all excited to have with these kids here.” There are always concerns about fitness levels when players return from the off-season, but Buchberger said that these days, a players physical form has been much easier to maintain over the summer. “This game now is 12 months a year and these guys are training with their trainers, they all have their personal trainers, or they get programs from the Oilers and they do a good job of just watching them today and they’ve done an unbelievable job of keeping fit throughout the summer,” he said. At this years Rookie Camp, the Oilers prospect pool is chalk full of NHL hopefuls that are fresh from this years draft, — such as Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyler Benson — or have been marinating in the minors. There has even been a lot of excitement surrounding college players, which includes collegiate free agent forwards Drake Caggiula and Patrick Russell, as well as defenceman Matt Benning, that signed in free agency with the club over the summer. “One thing, they’re a little older,” said Buchberger. “I’m sure throughout the tournament here that they’re going to shine because they’re just four, five years older than the guys that are coming out of junior that were drafted. So I would think that those guys would probably look a little better, maybe not as nervous — they’ll all be nervous — but I think their play, because of their age, will be a little better.” The Young Stars Classic kicks off Friday night AT 7:30 (PST) when the Oilers rookies take on the Vancouver Canucks rookies.Meg TilleyThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160915_buchberger.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769647696BLOG: Puljujarvi is readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47695It’s been a long summer for Oilers forward prospect Jesse Puljujarvi. The 6-foot-3 right-winger, who was selected fourth overall by the Oilers at this years NHL Draft, used the off-season to recover from a minor knee surgery following the U18 World Championship. “[I’m] excited to get on the ice,” said Puljujarvi. Unable to participate in the Oilers Orientation Camp in Jasper, Puljujarvi is eager to start skating and show the development staff in person, just what it is he can do. “My [knee] is perfect and I’m 100 per cent,” said the Finn. “I think I’m ready.” With hopes of making the club roster for the start of the season, Puljujarvi said he is focused on the task at hand. “That’s my plan — go to camp and try my best.”Meg TilleyThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:56:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160915_puljujarvi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769547695BLOG: No pressure, no problems for Team NAhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47693Team Canada has all the pressure on them. Team North America is just focused on being the underdog at the World Cup of Hockey, and maybe making some noise. “When you put on the Canadian jersey, that comes with all the pressure to win and all that,” said Team North America captain Connor McDavid. “Team Canada has all the pressure on them to win in Toronto. For us, we’re not really feeling too much pressure. Nobody is really expecting us to win, which is nice. We believe in ourselves and we’ll do good.” Despite showing some offensive explosiveness in the pre-tournament games, McDavid still feels “underdog” is an applicable name to the team. “I still think we’re kind of pegged that way,” he said. “People think a little bit more of us after the exhibition rounds but I think we’re still definitely the underdogs in this tournament. That’s something we’re excited about. There’s not really much pressure on us, that’s for sure.”Chris WescottThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:29:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160909_connor1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769347693BLOG: McDavid showing good signs as captainhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47694Team North America is happy to have Connor McDavid the player on their team. Connor McDavid the captain is also a big hit in the locker room. “He’s been good,” said Team North America teammate Mark Scheifele. “He says the right things when he needs to and he obviously leads by example. He’s always working hard. He’s always doing what it takes to help the team and he’s been a good captain for us.” At just 19, McDavid is young but he’s on a youthful team and has shown great leadership for his age and experience. “He’s a really mature kid for just being 19 years-old and he handles everything well,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “He hasn’t changed since he got the ‘C’ on his chest and that’s always great to see. I think he’s going to do great things as we go along.”Chris WescottThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:29:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160909_Connor2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769447694BLOG: Stamkos on playing with pressurehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47691Team Canada forward Steven Stamkos is no stranger to International competition and wearing the uniform of his home country. Now Stamkos gets a chance to wear that sweater for Canada in Canada. The host country always has added pressure to perform in these types of tournaments and Stamkos recognizes that. But he also says that pressure is eased by the presence of players who have done it before. “There’s pressure, especially playing in Canada,” Stamkos said. “But being around the guys for this last 10 days or whatever, it’s a calm and collected group. You look at the guys who have been there for numerous years and numerous gold medals and have had a chance tor represent Canada in Canada and win, for a guy who hasn’t had that chance yet it’s pretty calming knowing and seeing the guys that you’re surrounded by and just how at ease they are. You know that if we play the right way it’s pretty much win or nothing for this group, and they’re comfortable playing that way.”Chris WescottThu, 15 Sep 2016 12:14:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/bruins/images/upload/2016/03/DL_030816_BergeronStamkos.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769147691BLOG: Burns on Team North Americahttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47690As the tournament is set to begin, each team at the World Cup of Hockey is focused on themselves. But, of course, it’s human nature to scope out the competition. Team Canada are the favourites of the tournament, but there’s another team that has gained a fair amount of attention and interest from fans, media and players alike. That’s Team North America — a group composed of the best players under 24 from Canada and the U.S. It’s a team that also has a distinct Oilers flavour to it, with Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan on the staff, and Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the roster. Team North America is fast, they’re skilled and they’re hoping to make noise as “underdogs.” Team Canada defenceman Brent Burns is one of the players who is impressed with what the young kids bring to the Tournament. “Like every other team here, they’re going to be a great team and every team has a chance,” said Burns. “It’s no different for them. They have a lot of speed, a lot of skill, that youthful exuberance, they love the game and you can see it. They’re a great team. You can’t take anybody lightly here.” Canada and Team North America do not play each other in the Preliminary Round.Chris WescottThu, 15 Sep 2016 12:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/sharks/images/upload/2016/06/20160617-burns-from-16-nhl-all-star.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4769047690BLOG: Klefbom on Larssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47686Among the excitement of the Inaugural Season at Rogers Place there are a few new faces — such as right-shot defenceman Adam Larsson — that have joined the Oilers line-up. Many fans can’t wait to see the kind of impact he’ll have, but Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom has some insight as to what to expect from the newly acquired blueline. “First of all, he’s a really good guy overall,” Klefbom told Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “Outside the rink he’s a good guy — we have the same agent so I kind of knew him pretty well before he came here — and I think he’s a really good player as well. I think a lot of people are going to [be] a little shocked at how good he is. He’s going to be really good for our team, and hopefully, I get to play with him this season because he’s a really good hockey player and I think he’s going to have a little bit of a breakout year too. He’s going to look very good out there.” Larsson, who was acquired by the Oilers in June, has played 274 regular season NHL games since being taken fourth overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 NHL Draft. He had 69 points (9-60-69) in those games. He’s played five in the post-season, scoring one goal. In 2015-16, Larsson played 82 games for the Devils. He scored three goals and added 15 assists for 18 points. “He’s a really good hockey player,” said Klefbom. “He has the qualities to help our team in the offensive zone as well. Especially, when he’s a righty, and I think that’s one of the guys we need, a really good two-way defender who’s going to shoot the puck and help us in all zones. So that’s going to be huge.”Meg TilleyWed, 14 Sep 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160216_KLEFBOM_Twitter.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4768647686BLOG: Klefbom can’t waithttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47685The 2016-17 season can’t come soon enough for Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom. “I’m feeling good, I’m feeling really good,” Klefbom told Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “I’m more excited than anyone in Edmonton right now, I think. I can’t wait to start playing again, it’s been a long time." The 6-foot-3 blueliner only played 30 games of the 2015-16 regular season before a series of injuries sidelined him for the rest of the year. “It was really tough mentally,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in the gym to stay as positive as I could [and] be in the best shape as I could.” Averaging 22 minutes of playing time a night, Klefbom was listed among NHL defencemen as one of the top 30 in the league in even-strength scoring per 60 minutes played. “I have a really good feeling for this year,” said the Swede. “All the guys look good on the ice. It’s a really good group of guys as well, outside the rink. I think we’re going to have a really fun year together too, and I think it’s going to be really good hockey in there, too.”Meg TilleyWed, 14 Sep 2016 17:56:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160301_Klefbom.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4768547685BLOG: Oilers sign Versteeghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47648The Oilers have signed forward Kris Versteeg to a PTO. The 30-year-old Lethbridge, AB native has played 550 career regular season NHL games, and 89 in the post-season. In the regular season, Versteeg has recorded 131 goals and 182 assists for 313 points. In the playoffs, Versteeg has 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points. Versteeg split 2015-16 with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings. The veteran had 15 goals and 38 points in 77 games between the two teams. He also scored a goal and had an assist in five playoff games for the Los Angeles Kings. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward brings championship experience as well. He is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015. The forward was originally a fifth-round pick of the Boston Bruins in the 2004 NHL Draft.Chris WescottFri, 09 Sep 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160909_versteeg.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4764847648Rogers Place official opening coveragehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47612edmontonoilers.com staffThu, 08 Sep 2016 22:15:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/MAR_2660.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4761247612BLOG: Daryl Katz “proud” of Rogers Place openinghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47611The City of Edmonton, Oilers Entertainment Group, Oilers fans and many more have a lot to be proud of when it comes to the opening of Rogers Place. Daryl Katz is no exception to the emotion as the team owner participated in the official opening Thursday night. “I’m very proud,” he said. “I’m very proud of what everyone has accomplished together. The amount of work that went into this, the resources, the people, the time that was required was an enormous undertaking. To see it all come together like this is exhilarating. I’m proud for the City and for everybody who worked so hard for this day, it’s really fulfilling.” The Oilers owner said his message to the players heading into a new season and new era has been a simple one. “I’ve told the players it’s their house,” Katz said. “And I hope they appreciate that it’s their house and that no team that comes into this house will leave unscathed. That’s the general idea.” As for the fans and Edmontonians coming to Rogers Place for an event for the first time, Katz says he hopes they appreciate the spectacle as much as he does. “You'll have to ask them," Katz said, when asked what Edmontonians will say. "I hope they appreciate that the City now has the greatest arena in the world and it is the cornerstone of Ice District, which there is nothing like it in the world and that’s something that Edmonton should be proud of now - having a world-class downtown. From the outset, that was our intention.”Chris WescottThu, 08 Sep 2016 21:32:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/644-rogersplace.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4761147611BLOG: Gretzky: “Times change.”http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47610Wayne Gretzky, The Great One, flew to Edmonton to participate in the official opening of Rogers Place. The Oilers great offered his thoughts on the new arena, including how old arenas need to retire to make room for better things. “Times change,” Gretzky said. “It’s like parenting. My parents parented differently than I parent. Times change and you’ve got to change with the times or get left behind. The City, (owner) Daryl (Katz) and the organization kind of got in front of the game here. I think people are going to love this building. It’s special.” Rogers Place will usher in a new era of sports and entertainment for the City of Edmonton and Ice District will be the next step in revitalizing downtown. “Obviously, it’s pretty unique, pretty special,” Gretzky said. “We live in a different era now. When I grew up, a lot of people understood and remembered Maple Leaf Gardens and Montreal Forum and Chicago Stadium. You hate to see those buildings go, and Northlands Coliseum was a special place, but it’s a new era. You have to change with the times and this arena is truly fascinating in every aspect. I got an opportunity to walk through the entire building and from the locker rooms to the seats to the boxes to the ice itself it’s pretty special. I hope they can build their own identity - this group - with this arena, and build some history here.”Chris WescottThu, 08 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160908_gretzky1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4761047610BLOG: Gretzky visits Rogers Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47609A man who needs no introduction stepped to the podium Thursday night to help usher in a new era of sports and entertainment for the City of Edmonton. As part of the official opening of Rogers Place, Wayne Gretzky spoke to the crowd in attendance. “It really is a special arena,” he said. “It’s friendly, it’s classy, it’s warm. I truly believe Edmontonians are going to brag and talk about (the building) for all eternity.” Gretzky offered his best wishes to the City of Edmonton and Oilers fans as well, saying “this place is special and I hope you guys make some new memories and win some more championships.” Before the official opening, Gretzky had a chance to step on the ice Thursday morning. “The ice isn’t quite as fast as Rexall,” he quipped. “I tested it today and I wasn’t as fast as in the 90s.”Chris WescottThu, 08 Sep 2016 19:57:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160908_gret.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4760947609BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins scores in openerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47613Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal to help lead Team North America to a 4-0 win over Team Europe in each team's first World Cup pre-tournament tune-up. Connor McDavid, who was named captain of Team North America prior to the game, led all North American forwards with 19:42 of icetime but was held off the scoresheet. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist and Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals for the other North America goals. Matt Murray stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl suited up for Team Europe. He had no shots on goal in 12:31 of icetime.Marc CiampaThu, 08 Sep 2016 19:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/642-mcd-na.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4761347613BLOG: McDavid named Team North America’s captainhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47608Ahead of their first pre-tournament game, Team North America announced that Oilers centre Connor McDavid has been named their captain for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier and Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad are the alternate captains. McDavid, 19, had 48 points (16-32-48) in 45 NHL games his rookie season with Edmonton. “On a team full of future NHL captains, we have a strong leadership group on Team North America,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, who serves in the same capacity for North America. “In particular, these three players - Connor, Sean and Aaron - have identified themselves in camp as key leaders for our team. They will be assisted by their teammates to ensure the full group is working together towards our goal of having success in the World Cup of Hockey.”Chris WescottThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:58:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/09/20160901_firstskate1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4760847608BLOG: First look at Team North America’s lineshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47583As Team North America begins their on-ice preparation for the World Cup of Hockey, we get a first look at the forward lines. This forward group includes two Oilers skaters. Per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, Connor McDavid is centring a line with Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin and Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is flanked by Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Detroit’s Dylan Larkin at the start of World Cup camp. Team North America is comprised of the top players ages 23 and younger, as of October 1, from Canada and the United States. The team begins tournament play September 18, with a game against Finland. Edmontonoilers.com and Oilers TV will be on site beginning September 15th, bringing you updates on Team North America, as well as Team Canada and all the Oilers skaters participating in the tournament. In addition to McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins on Team North America, Edmonton has Leon Draisaitl and Andrej Sekera playing for Team Europe. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan will be coaching North America, along with his Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft, while the team’s GM Peter Chiarelli is also with North America’s management group.Chris WescottMon, 05 Sep 2016 12:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160823_McD.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4758347583BLOG: Stew MacDonald talks Rogers Placehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47523edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:53:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/loge_premiumseating.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4752347523BLOG: Oilers sign Benning to two-year dealhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47504The Oilers have signed defenceman Matthew Benning to a two-year contract. The 22-year-old, right-shot blueliner was originally a sixth-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012. He has spent the last three seasons playing for Northeastern University, scoring nine goals and adding 47 assists for 56 points. He served as an assistant captain last season. In 2014-15, Benning was Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star. Benning is 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds. He has Edmonton area ties, as he is from St. Albert, AB. He played for the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL. Benning also has hockey bloodlines. His father Brian played more than 500 NHL games and suited up for the Oilers (18 games in 1992-93). His uncle, Jim, is the GM of the Vancouver Canucks. His other uncle, Mark, played for Harvard and his grandfather, Elmer, is a long-time NHL scout.Chris WescottSat, 27 Aug 2016 16:55:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160826_benning2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4750447504