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All Rights Reserveden-usFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:48:15 EDTPre-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=4750447504BLOG: Davidson recovered and readyhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47424As Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers wraps up its final week of the year, there was one last visit from a current Oilers player on the schedule as d-man Brandon Davidson stopped by to work with the kids in Leduc today. It may seem like a long time since Oilers fans have seen a healthy Davidson hit the ice after a lower-body injury suffered during a game in March cut his 2015-16 campaign short but Davidson says a solid off-season of recovery and training has him feeling prepared and optimistic for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season. “I’m feeling 100%. It was definitely a longer road (to recovery) than I expected. But there’s no aches and pains, everything has healed up,” Davidson said of the leg injury. “My training has gone really well this summer. I’ve made improvements in a lot of areas I wasn’t able to work on before. It sucked ending the way I did last season, but at the same time, it’s a lot of motivation and gives me a lot of drive for this year.” Bouncing back from a season-ending injury isn’t the only thing motivating the 6-foot-2 blueliner, who has spent most of his off-season south of Edmonton in his hometown of Lethbridge. After quietly putting together a breakout campaign with the Oilers last season, one that saw him become a mainstay on the team’s back end, Davidson was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in February, something he sees as another shot to further solidify his future with the club. “I feel like this (extension) is just another test. I have two years to prove myself again. This where I want to be. I want to keep improving, making the right strides and impressing the right people so I can be here for a long time.” Davidson scored four goals and seven assists with a +7 rating in 51 games last season.Cait MacPhailWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160415_Davidson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4742447424BLOG: A change of sceneryhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47425There’s been no shortage of change for the Oilers this off-season as they welcomed a couple key roster additions in defenceman Adam Larsson and forward Milan Lucic—additions they hope will make an immediate impact. “It’s great that we were able to acquire Larsson and get him in here. I think that’s going to help us out a lot on defence,” said Oilers d-man Brandon Davidson, during his break from some on-ice sessions at Oilers Hockey School in Leduc. “It’s just the adjustments (management has made) that seem to be fine-tuning our lineup and making sure we are ready to go and competing come game one.” In addition to some off-season player shuffling, the team is also looking forward to a change in scenery as they get set for their inaugural season at Rogers Place, an experience Davidson thinks will give the new-look roster a fresh space to start the next chapter on the right foot. “The buzz around the building is the biggest thing. I think when I finally get in there, it will take (my) breath away. I’m really excited. It’s a new atmosphere for us and a new beginning where we need to start off on the right track.” The Oilers officially launch the inaugural season at Rogers Place with their home opener against the Calgary Flames on October 12, 2016.Cait MacPhailWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:27:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/02/20160220_davy1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4742547425BLOG: Talbot eager to play in Heritage Classichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47388As fans celebrated the alumni rosters that were announced for both the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic press conference, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot said that he’s just as excited for the chance to play in the NHL scheduled game that will follow. “It’s special, I mean it’s a lot of fun. Obviously, you can tell how exciting this kind of event is, not only for the fans but for the players too,” he said. Prior to the trade that saw the Oilers acquire Talbot, then the New York Rangers backup goaltender, before the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-3 netminder participated in the NHL Stadium Series with the Rangers “I was lucky to be a part of two of them in New York but never got a chance to play in one so I’m really looking forward to that,” he said. The Heritage Classic will mark the Jets’ first appearance in an outdoor game and the Oilers’ first appearance since hosting the first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003 when they hosted the Montreal Canadiens. The rosters for the outdoor alumni game taking place on Saturday, October 22, were also revealed today. “That will be fun getting to watch too,” said Talbot. “I think a lot of people are going to be more interested in that game than our game, but it’s a lot of big names and it’s going to be fun to watch.”Meg TilleyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160805_Talbot.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738847388BLOG: Excitement brewing for 2016 Heritage Classichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47387A big turnout at the press conference in Winnipeg gave a sample of the the fan excitement that is highly anticipating the upcoming 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in October. “The rivalry between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers represents a significant part of our team’s rich hockey history,” said Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports + Entertainment, in a press release. “Unveiling the NHL Heritage Classic jersey and announcing the alumni rosters for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic today is the first step in what will no doubt be an exciting journey for hockey fans of all ages.” Among the alumni roster announcements, the Oilers will feature Mark Messier, Dave Semenko, Craig MacTavish and Oilers alumni Captain Wayne Gretzky, while the Jets will welcome back the likes of Teemu Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Kris King and more. The jerseys unveiled have been specially designed, paying tribute to the history of both teams by revisiting their World Hockey Association (WHA) days. The two-day festival event will run from October 22-23, with the Heritage Classic alumni game taking place on October 22 and NHL game played on October 23.Meg TilleyFri, 05 Aug 2016 14:54:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160805_HC2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738747387BLOG: A season of changehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47386It’s been a busy summer for the Oilers as they prepare to enter a new season, establishing their roots in the new Rogers Place barn. On top of their new digs the team will also be welcoming a few new teammates, Milan Lucic and Adam Larsson, into the locker room. “I’m excited for those guys to get into town, meet ‘em, maybe help them settle in, show them around — probably as excited for them to come as they are to come here,” said Oilers forward Mark Letestu while taking a break from his on-ice sessions at the Oilers Hockey School in St. Albert. Lucic, a former Los Angeles Kings forward, was signed with the organization as a free agent on July 1 while Larsson, a former New Jersey Devils defenceman, was acquired in a trade for former Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “The changes [management] made — we’re trying to get better,” said Letestu. “We didn’t play well enough last year and when you don’t play well, changes are expected to be made. We lost a real good player in Taylor, a good locker room guy, a friend, it’s always tough to see people go but we want to win hockey games and we’ve made changes in order to do that more often.” The anticipation of a new season is right around the corner as the Oilers prepare to welcome their new teammates and Letestu feels the addition of new teammates is just the beginning. “I’m sure that they’ll help us, and hopefully we’ll get off on the right foot this year.”Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 19:41:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160802_Letestu2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738647386BLOG: Letestu joins Oilers Hockey Schoolhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47385Another week has come and gone for Oilers Hockey School (OHS). Today, OHS welcomed Oilers forward Mark Letestu, who joined in among the ranks of youth hockey players to have some fun, get in on the drills and really tear it up on the ice. Although it was his first time attending the hockey school, Letestu said it certainly measured up to the expectations he had coming into the day. “A lot of kids were excited to come out here and play hockey, and then for me to go on the ice and see the reaction you get, it’s what I expected because at one time I was [one of] those kids,” he said. “I was out there, stick-handling around and wanting to be around NHL players, so just to see their reaction kind of takes me back to what I would have been like and it’s fun to be out here and hopefully make their day.” OHS provides young hockey players with the opportunity to continue their skill development in a positive, fun-filled environment. Letestu said it’s easy to see understand why it’s so important to have Oilers players get involved. “I know what it meant to me and what it would mean to me to have an NHL player come and say hi or sign a jersey,” he said. “Maybe the kind of motivation it would give me, kind of the inner confidence just to have someone come talk to me like that. For me to possibly do that for one of these kids...something they can take from this little hockey camp that will make them really happy, that’s something I’d love to be a part of.”Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 19:13:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160804_letestu.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738547385BLOG: World Cup pre-tournament schedulehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47384For all of our hockey fiends that can’t wait to tune into the 2016-17 NHL season, the World Cup of Hockey will be the first event to deliver the beloved game before the start of the much anticipated hockey season. Before the September 17 tournament kick-off date, ESPN will be airing 12 pre-tournament games in seven days, starting Thursday, September 8. Date, Time (ET), Telecast, Location, Network Sep 8, 12 p.m., Sweden vs. Finland, Helsinki, Finland, ESPN3 Sep 8, 12:30 p.m., Czech Republic vs. Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia, ESPN3 Sep 8, 8 p.m., North America vs. Europe, Quebec City, Quebec, ESPN2 Sep 9, 7 p.m., Canada vs. USA, Columbus, OH, ESPNU Sep 10, 10:30 a.m., Russia vs. Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic, ESPN3 Sep 10, 12 p.m., Finland vs. Sweden, Gothenburg, Sweden, ESPN3 Sep 10, 7 p.m., USA vs. Canada, Ottawa, Canada, ESPN3 Sep 11, 6 p.m., Europe vs. North America, Montreal, Canada, ESPN3 Sep 13, 7 p.m., Finland vs. USA, Washington, DC, ESPN Sep 14, 3:30 p.m., Czech Republic vs. North America, Pittsburgh, PA, ESPN3 Sep 14, 7 p.m., Sweden vs. Europe, Washington, DC, ESPN3 Sep 14, 7:30 p.m., Russia vs. Canada, Pittsburgh, PA, ESPN2 Tune in to watch and cheer on Oilers players Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with Team North America and Leon Draisaitl and Andrej Sekera with Team Europe. The two-week World Cup of Hockey tournament begins Saturday, Sept. 17, with a week of group play followed by the semifinals and a best-of-three finals beginning September 27.Meg TilleyThu, 04 Aug 2016 14:36:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/08/20160804_WorldCup.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4738447384BLOG: Oilers sign Musilhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47350The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman David Musil to a one-year contract. Musil, 23, appeared in 67 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors last season, posting 14 points (3G, 11A) and 39 penalty minutes. The 6’4”, 203-pound blueliner has appeared in 193 career AHL games, accumulating 37 points (7G, 30A) and 128 penalty minutes. Musil has also played in four career NHL games with Edmonton, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. The Delta, British Columbia native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 31st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseFri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160627_musil.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4735047350BLOG: Oilers loan Yakimov to KHLhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47349The Oilers have loaned forward Bogdan Yakimov to Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik of the KHL. The 21-year old was taken 83rd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has played one NHL game in his career. He played 36 AHL games for the Bakersfield Condors last season, scoring five goals and adding 10 assists for 15 points.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 19:00:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2014/10/20141013_yak.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734947349BLOG: Oilers will have captain on opening nighthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47348The Oilers went through the 2015-16 season without a player wearing the “C” on their chest. They instead elected to go with multiple alternate captains, including Andrew Ference, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt Hendricks was among a few other players to don the “A” at various points of the season. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan confirmed with the media on Wednesday at the Mark Spector Golf Classic that the club will have a captain on opening night, when the team hosts Calgary on October 12. “Will we have a captain? Yeah, we will,” said McLellan. When pressed on who it might be, McLellan simply repeated himself. “We will have a captain.”Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:11:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160315_motivations.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734847348BLOG: Oilers to take time with Larssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47347There is no doubt defenceman Adam Larsson will be expected to take on a big role with the Oilers this season. They wouldn’t have traded for him, giving up Taylor Hall, otherwise. The 23-year-old blueliner has 274 NHL games under his belt after being selected fourth overall in 2011. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says he expects Larsson to play 20-22 minutes a night “against the top level of competition.” Will he put up massive offensive numbers? McLellan doesn’t think so, but instead points to San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic as a good example. “Play very good minutes against the other teams’ top players and play consistently and continue to grow his game with our team as it grows,” McLellan said of Larsson’s expectations. While Larsson is eager to take the next step and work on his offensive game, McLellan has tapped the brakes a bit on that notion. While the club expects him to eventually become a power-play contributor, that may not happen right away. “We’ve got to take our time with him,” said McLellan. “I don’t want to be bold and tell the fans and even his teammates that he’s going to play in a situation or that situation. We’ve got to take some time with him and we’ve got to make him comfortable with what he does best, and that’s playing regular minutes and penalty killing and playing a good defensive game. Do I think the offence is there? Yeah, I do. I think in the future we can talk about working him into those roles, but right now we need to just make sure he gets comfortable here.” The head coach also said Larsson is sure to be under a “microscope” given the trade that brought him here, so the staff will make him comfortable before placing added pressure on the young defender.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:10:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/06/20160629_Larsson2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734747347BLOG: McLellan on team adding sizehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47346Zack Kassian, Patrick Maroon and now Milan Lucic. The Oilers are bigger and tougher to play against thanks to some of the moves Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has made over the last year. At least, that’s the plan. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan sees the moves Chiarelli has made as a promising start but needs to see the consistent play the additions are more than capable of before it translates to success. “When Peter entered the program and looked at the team, he wanted to get bigger, stronger, heavier, a little harder to play against later on in games, tougher to knock off pucks, stronger in the blue paint at both ends, and with (those) players I think we’ve accomplished that,” said McLellan. “They still have to go out and do it. It’s easy to look at their size and their strength and what they’ve done in the past but it’s still their responsibility to bring it each and every night and for us to get stronger in that area. The game is still played at a very fast pace, so these players need to be able to execute and get from point A to point B, and we believe they can with the size they bring.”Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:09:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160504_maroon1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734647346BLOG: Yakupov hard at workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47345If the Oilers could get a resurgence out of Nail Yakupov it could very well lead to more team success. The 22-year-old winger and 2012 first-overall pick is coming off a season in which he had 23 points (8-15-23) in 60 games. Yakupov has been hard at work this off-season, in an attempt to post a breakout season. Yakupov’s hard work is not lost on his head coach. “I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and to bring their game,” said Todd McLellan. “I know Yak has been working extremely hard. He’s done some things that he hasn’t done in the past throughout the summer — training in different areas. When he comes back, if that’s the case, I want him to have success his teammates will want him to have success and it’s a matter of finding that as quick as possible and we could use him.” Yakupov has 50 goals and 111 points in 252 career NHL games. His best production came in his rookie season, when he recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games.Chris WescottWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:08:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160304_OilersColumbus.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4734547345Oil Country Championship - Monday Audio & Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47306Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:29:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160725_Larsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730647306BLOG: Oilers excited for new seasonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47308Sure, vacation is nice and getting away from the cold rinks and daily grind is fun for a while. But now is about the time NHL players start to get the itch to return to action. The Oilers are no exception to that, as several players took part in the Oil Country Championship Celebrity Pro-Am on Monday and were brimming with excitement for the new season. “In the summer, as soon as the Draft comes and free agency comes, right around that time you start getting excited about your team and start getting ready for camp,” said Jordan Eberle. “We’ve been off for a long time already. It’s hard to believe we still have two months until camp. I like what we’ve done. I think we’re going to be a bigger team this year, and we’re going to be hard to play against.” The Oilers have made several big moves, including shaking up their forward group by trading Taylor Hall to New Jersey and adding Milan Lucic in free agency, while picking up Jesse Puljujarvi in the Draft. With a few new faces, and some returning players who joined the team midway through the 2015-16 season, there is much excitement to see how everyone meshes together. “It’s exciting. We’re looking like a team,” said forward Zack Kassian. “We have a mixture of players and personalities and in order to win in this league you need that. You need different personalities, you need different types of players. The acquisitions we’ve made I think show that. We’re really looking to gel as a team, first and foremost. All the good teams seem to stick together and get along well off the ice, and I think we have the fit for that now. I think we’re looking forward to get going here. Everyone I’ve talked to is very excited and can’t wait to get going.” A new season with new faces in a brand-new arena has Edmonton buzzing, and the Oilers chomping at the bit to return. “I’m excited. I think our whole team is excited,” said Matt Hendricks. “We want to turn this thing around. There’s been some moves, some big moves. We take a lot of value in that, but let’s be honest – there’s a lot of hype around here with the new arena opening, and that’s exciting. We can see Connor (McDavid) in his second year, and that’s exciting. We’re going to continue to improve, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:27:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160406_Oesterle2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730847308BLOG: Lucic’s reputation precedes himhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47307“We all know what he brings.” Milan Lucic doesn’t even have to skate a single shift at an Oilers practice, and the players on the roster already know all about him. The veteran of nearly 700 NHL games was the team’s big free agency signing, and his reputation precedes him. “I’ve never played on his team, but I’ve played a lot against him,” said Oilers winger Matt Hendricks. “I’ve played in playoff series against him when I was in Washington and he’s a beast. We need more of that. I’m excited that he’s coming, because he has that top-line mentality. He can play those big minutes, the top power play, first line, he has a lot of success there and he brings another element to our team that I think is very important.” Hendricks spoke with media members at the Oil Country Championship Celebrity Pro-Am on Monday. He, along with other Oilers representatives voiced their opinions on the off-season moves. Lucic was a popular topic, even with one of the newest members of the team. Defenceman Adam Larsson, whom the team traded for a month ago, is used to playing against the opponents’ top lines. Therefore, he knows how tough of an opponent Lucic is and what kind of presence he can bring when he’s on your side. “Obviously, he’s one of the toughest forwards in this league,” said Larsson. “It’s good to have him on your own side. That’s going to be fun.” Lucic has 159 goals and 397 points in 647 regular season games. He also has 64 points (26-38-64) in 101 playoff games.Chris WescottMon, 25 Jul 2016 14:44:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-looch4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730747307BLOG: A summer of hard workhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47304Although Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is looking forward to getting out on the green for the Celebrity Pro-Am that will help kick-off the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON, he’s also been using the summer to keep his strength and conditioning in check. “In the gym, with the kids coming in, everyone’s so fast now, you just want to continue to get faster and stronger,” Ebele said to Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “I think that’s always a big thing.” Regardless of ensuring that — as a veteran player — he’s able to keep up with the young players that cycle into the NHL each year, Eberle said he’s taken it a step further to work harder on certain aspects of his personal development. “I actually hired a shooting coach out of Vancouver, so I’ve been working with him the last little bit and trying to improve my shot, one-timer release,” he explained. In doing so, Eberle said he feels it will help him become a more dynamic player for the Oilers inaugural season at Rogers Place. “I’m just trying to find ways to improve my goal scoring abilities. It’s one thing I’ve definitely added to my game this summer.”Meg TilleyFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:12:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/03/20160312_Eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730447304BLOG: Eberle ready for Oil Country Championshiphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47303The Celebrity Pro-Am that will kick off the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON is just three days away and Oilers forward Jordan Eberle said he’s looking forward to the event. “It’ll be a good event,” Eberle told Oilers NOW radio host Bob Stauffer. “I know there’s a lot of alumni coming back, there’s a lot of current players coming. We’ve been away from each other, as far as teammates, for the last three, four months, so it’ll be nice to rekindle a little bit and play some golf and do it for a good cause.” The inaugural event will also see Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and newly acquired Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson among the celebrity lineup that will see them tee off alongside Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada pros. “It’s funny, we [as a team] don’t really get to play with each other as much as we probably want,” said Eberle. “Maybe one or two rounds during the season if we have a couple of days off. But I know Nuge is a good player… I think, generally, if you’re a hockey player, you usually have a decent swing. You hit the ball pretty far it’s just a matter of if it goes straight or not.” The Celebrity Pro-Am will be played at Edmonton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club on Monday, July 25.Meg TilleyFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:53:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160722_Eberle.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4730347303BLOG: Brossoit on NHL goalie equipment changeshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47271Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit hit the rink to participate in some Oilers Hockey School on-ice sessions with youth hockey players in St. Albert on Wednesday. As the netminder helps to coach young, up-and-coming players on cultivating new skills, he’s equally aware of the ‘newness’ that awaits him, and goalies across the league, this year. For the 2016-17 season, goaltenders will be required to wear equipment better suited to their body size. “I’ve yet to see any of the gear, I’m nervous to see it,” said Brossoit. “I don’t know how much they’ve taken up, I’m pretty sure it’s just the chest protection and the pants.” Reductions will be made to the pants and upper body of the equipment, thus cutting down on unnecessary “fat” which didn’t serve to protect goaltenders, only help some gain an unfair advantage. The call to action for the equipment change came from a number of the league’s top goaltenders with an end-goal that would see goaltending position be more about skill and less about the puck ricocheting off enormous equipment. “I mean we’ll see what it looks like and I’m sure, like we always do, the goalies will adapt and be just as good.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 19:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4727147271BLOG: Brossoit on finishing season with Oilershttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47270It was a big year for Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit. The 23-year-old netminder, who appeared in 31 games with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate Bakersfield Condors, posting an 18-9-3 record, a 2.66 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and three shutouts, signed a two-year contract extension with Edmonton in February. Though a few months have come and gone since the Oilers said their farewells and played their last game at Rexall Place on April 6, Brossoit said he relishes the opportunity the club gave him in the 2015-16 season. “It was awesome,” he said. “Even though, you know, the numbers and a couple of my performances didn’t go the way I planned, [it was a] huge learning curve for me and it really opened my eyes to what I need to work on and the things I need to get better at. I was very, very happy and fortunate that I got that opportunity.” Brossoit, who played in five games with the Oilers during the remainder of the season, posted a 0-4-0 record, a 3.61 goals against average and a .873 save percentage. Though the 6-foot-3, 200-pound goaltender admits he was disappointed in how some of his game-play panned out, he also felt encouraged, having gained more knowledge on the league, recognizing where there is room for improvement and what is to be of expected of him at Oilers camp in the coming months. “So far, [improving] the mental side, just staying calm and prepped for situations — not that I don’t have that ability — just to have that ability at the bigger stage,” said Brossoit. “[Including] cardio and just upping every aspect of my game.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:23:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4727047270BLOG: Brossoit joins Oilers Hockey Schoolhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47269Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert was a-buzz on Wednesday as youth hockey players took to the Mark Messier and Troy Murray arenas for their afternoon on-ice sessions at the Oilers Hockey School. A special guest was also in attendance this week as Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit took some time away from family and friends to join in on the activities with the eager, young players. “My summer’s been excellent, it’s been long, so I’ve had a lot of time to catch up with family and friends and get a little relaxing in along with the training,” said Brossoit. In town for the eighth annual hockey school, Brossoit found some time from his busy schedule to join-in on the 4-week program to spend some time and work with the kids. The 6-foot-3 netminder said he was more than ready to get his skates on and was looking forward to getting involved in the on-ice sessions. “I’ve had the itch (to play) for a while now,” said Brossoit. “This is the longest summer I’ve had since my professional career and…the eagerness is there and it’s been there for a bit.”Meg TilleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:46:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160721_Brossoit.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4726947269Rookie Camp Day 5 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47146edmontonoilers.com staffWed, 06 Jul 2016 16:44:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_Jay.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714647146BLOG: Schwartz sees potential in goalie prospectshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47151Of the 36 prospects attending Oilers Orientation Camp this week, five are goaltenders. Goaltending Coach, Dustin Schwartz, and Goaltending Consultant Sylvain Rodrigue have worked with each netminder, breaking down their strengths and weaknesses so each prospect can see the areas that need work and where there is room to improve. “You kind of take each one as their own individual,” said Schwartz. “Ultimately, whether they’re a part of our organization or not, they’re here. In this moment, you’re working to help them all be better. If they can leave the camp and have a few things improved in their game I think that it benefits everyone.” Two of the five goaltenders joined the organization this year. Nick Ellis, 22, was a college free agent and signed a two-year entry level contract in early April. He recorded a 25-7-4 record, a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts playing for Providence College. “He’s a wonderful kid, he’s got a great compete level,” said Schwartz. “He never quits on a play. He’s got a few things that he’s aware of and that we talked about even prior to him coming here that he wanted to improve on and we were on the same page right away, so it was good to have that dialogue before he came to camp.” Meanwhile, Dylan Wells, 18, was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 123rd overall, at this years NHL Draft. The goaltender played 27 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes this season, recording a 9-13-3 record, a 4.59 goals against average and .871 save percentage. “He’s a big kid, he’s pretty athletic for his size, he moves well,” said Schwartz. “There are things in his game that he needs to work on, but he’s still young so I think there’s lots of time to develop some of those skills. We kept it to one thing at a time with him this week, making sure that he understood and continued to build the reps in so he can make it become more of a habit. I think he’s going to put the work in this summer. He’s very diligent, a good athlete off the ice as well so there’s some upside there that I think is definitely a real bright future for him.” Overall, Schwartz said it was important that he and Rodrigue looked beyond evaluating each netminder and really break down what each goalie could work on to improve their style of play. “We’ve talked a lot about details in their game and development and for the importance of moving and take the next step in their career for some of them that’s going to be taking on a start job this year, for others its going from college to play pro hockey,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and all of them have been receptive.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 16:40:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Schwartz.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4715147151BLOG: Chiarelli sees benefits in Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47150Oilers General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, said he has been pleased with how the events of Orientation Camp have unfolded. “I think this is a good developmental tool, it does a couple of things that I see are significant,” he said. “It does bring all the prospects under the same umbrella for a good period of time where we can instil in them some principles and some skills and some kind of overriding philosophies we have as an organization.” Chiarelli said he looks forward to watching tonights fourth annual Billy Moores Cup, which will split the prospects up into two teams to face off against each other. “It’s not used as an evaluation tool but it will be nice to see a scrimmage,” he said. Just as much as the camp is for the players, Chiarelli sees a great deal of opportunity during the week-long event. “It brings all our coaches together…and they’re able to refresh and talk about a plan going forward,” said Chiarelli. “And it’s bit of a wrap up organizationally, everyone’s together under the same roof where we can talk about what we see on the ice…and how we’re going to plan going forward. It’s a great facility and a great area, it’s my first time, the people are really friendly and all the facilities are great and I think it’s been a pretty productive few days.”Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:38:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Chiarelli.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4715047150BLOG: Ellis happy with his decisionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47147Oilers goaltending prospect Nick Ellis’s season may have come to an abrupt end on March 25 when his team, Providence College, fell in a 2-1 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast Regional semi-final, but with the end of one hockey season, a new chapter is set to begin. On April 7, Ellis signed a two-year entry level contract with the Oilers. Though he admits it was a difficult decision to part ways with his college team, he’s excited for the new opportunity. “I’m really comfortable with my decision,” said Ellis. “Especially, coming to this camp, I really feel comfortable around the coaching staff. It was a really tough decision, but I know I made the right one.” The netminder admits that a lot of what helped him make his decision came to rest on Oilers Goaltending Coach, Dustin Schwartz. “He made me feel really comfortable coming here, and he knew my game and what I needed to change and I really agreed on that,” said Ellis. Ellis, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, appeared in 36 games this season with Providence, posting a 25-7-4 record, a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts. “It was just so much fun, we had a great team both on and off the ice. It was really fun to play a lot of games and just go out there and have fun.” He was a two-time Hockey East goaltender of the month winner after his performances during the months of December and February.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:37:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_Ellis.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714747147BLOG: Preparing for Billy Moores Cuphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47143Tonight is the night as all 36 prospects, who have been split into two teams all week, — Team Gretzky and Team Messier — gear up to play one another at tonight's fourth annual Billy Moores Cup. Stay tuned for news, videos and more throughout the day.Meg TilleyWed, 06 Jul 2016 11:41:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160706_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4714347143Rookie Camp Day 4 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47101edmontonoilers.com staffTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:46:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710147101BLOG: McLellan on Puljujarvihttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47127As Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan continues to watch the 36 prospects perform on ice and participate in a week-long session of team bonding, one question hangs in the balance, will the Oilers 2016 NHL draft fourth-overall pick, Jesse Puljujarvi, crack the lineup for the start of this season? “That’s a difficult question for me to answer at this point because he hasn’t been on the ice,” said McLellan. Puljujarvi went under the knife following the U18 World Championship for a minor knee surgery and has been working on regaining his strength. Though he may not be participating in the on-ice drills, he has been soaking in the week-long experience, bonding with a number of the prospects. “Obviously, we’ve done our homework video-wise and through the scouting staff and the words that I keep hearing are [that he’s a] complete player,” said McLellan. “He plays a full 200-foot game and has an energy and a passion level that is real strong and high and a skill-set to go with it. We feel that he has the opportunity to compete for a spot this season. We need to get him healthy here and get him up and running. But once that happens the rest will be up to him and his teammates to make sure that he feels comfortable and I hope that he can challenge for a spot and make our team out of camp, but that’s yet to be seen.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:42:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712747127BLOG: McLellan on changes to Oilers rosterhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47126Hectic was the word Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan used to describe the last few weeks that saw big changes to the team roster. “I think when you fail to reach your goal, and we did that last year, then changes have to be made and there’s a number of different avenues that happens,” he said. The 2016 NHL Draft saw the Oilers come away with nine new prospects, one of them being their fourth overall pick, Jesse Puljujarvi. Less than a week later, Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced they had acquired right-shooting defenceman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, in exchange for Taylor Hall. Finally, on the commencement of the NHL’s Free Agency Day, the Oilers hooked highly coveted free agent Milan Lucic and have signed three more free agents since then. “We were lucky enough to get Milan and his family to join ours in Edmonton,” said McLellan. “ “We wouldn’t have gone through what we did to acquire him. I know that his thoughts are identical to ours, so that’s a good marriage right off the bat. I probably don’t have to explain to the fans very much about what his assets are: his size, his strength, his skill-set, his ability to score goals while providing that physicality and toughness. He’s also been in some really good winning environments. We think those are the intangibles that he can bring. Leadership and accountability to the locker room.” “Losing Taylor in the trade, we knew we had to replace some of that ruggedness and that care-free play, if you will, and Milan does that as well, so, really happy about getting him.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 16:15:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712647126BLOG: McLellan pleased with Orientation Camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47124The 36 prospects may be working hard to one day fill a spot on the Oilers future roster, but for Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, he feels it’s equally important that the coaches give these players exposure to what their teaching philosophy is like. “It’s an opportunity for us to be involved and create some relationships with our future prospects and it also gives us a chance to sell our identity to these young players, because some of them are going to be Oilers for a long time,” said the bench boss. “There’s no better time than now to get them learning and understanding what our language is and what our habits are, how we want to play the game and more specifically, the skill-set that’s needed to play the game within our system.” As players work with the hopes of making long-standing impressions on the 10-man on-ice coaching staff, McLellan chose to sit just within reach of the rink, watching and providing feedback when necessary. “I’m not evaluating, I’m not sitting here saying that this guy has a chance to play or that guy does, that will happen at training camp,” said McLellan. “We have to remember that it’s very early in July and we encourage these players to step outside their comfort zone, think outside the box a little bit. We want to see them make mistakes and try things, so the biggest thing that we have to do is come in with an open mind and not an evaluation mind.” As day four’s on-ice sessions wrap up from the morning, McLellan said he’s pleased with what he’s seen both from the players and the staff. “The coaching staff has done a really good job preparing meetings and drills and video sessions, really breaking down individual skills and the players in turn have been extremely receptive. “To this point, we’re really happy with it and we’re hoping that it finishes on a positive note so these guys can take what they learn here and apply it to their games in the winter.”Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:24:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_McLellan.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4712447124BLOG: Day four means defencehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47102The Oilers prospects are back at it for day four of Orientation Camp. All 12 defenceman have taken to the ice first to run drills for their morning session. Stay tuned for news, video and more throughout the day.Meg TilleyTue, 05 Jul 2016 10:57:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160705_Defence.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710247102Rookie Camp Day 3 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47096edmontonoilers.com staffMon, 04 Jul 2016 20:28:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_OC2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709647096BLOG: Jones excited for this year’s camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47100Day three of Oilers Orientation Camp is underway and experienced camp-goer Caleb Jones says he really feels a heightened comfort level with the staff and players at this years camp. “Last year, coming in as a first year guy, there were guys like [Darnell] Nurse and [Leon] Draisaitl and Connor [McDavid], that’s three pretty good players right there in development camp, you don’t see that too often,” said the Oilers defensive prospect. “I think this year for me, I have a lot more confidence and I kind of want to be one of the best players out there for sure. I kind of also want to be a leader for the younger guys that are coming in and try to help them out, [those] that just got drafted.” Coming off a big season playing with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, Jones put up big numbers, recording 10 goals and 45 assists for 55 points in 72 games, as well as two points in four post-season games. When the Winterhawks were knocked out of their post-season run in the first round, Jones had a chance to join the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, for the remainder of their season. “It was great for me,” he said. “I thought I played pretty well up there, coming in. I was one of the younger players on the team, obviously, so I had to learn a lot from the veteran players but the game was definitely a lot faster, a lot bigger, stronger players, but I got adjusted pretty well I felt like, it was good.” With his overall 2015-16 playing experience, Jones said he found the transition into his second camp to be quite seamless with both the players and staff. “I’m really comfortable, especially when I went off to Bakersfield within the last year, I had a chance to be with Gerry [Fleming] and his staff for a couple weeks, which was great,” he said. “I’ve obviously seen Todd now a couple times at camp and rookie camp last year, so I’m pretty comfortable with it and I just want to soak up everything they say because they’re the coaches of the NHL team so eventually, hopefully you’re playing for them one day.”Meg TilleyMon, 04 Jul 2016 14:43:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_Jones.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710047100BLOG: Day three commenceshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47098Oilers Orientation Camp is off to another high-intensity start as half the group of 36 prospects take to the ice while the others embark on some strength and conditioning in Jasper. Stay tuned for news, videos and more throughout the day on edmontonoilers.com.Meg TilleyMon, 04 Jul 2016 11:34:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160704_OC.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709847098Rookie Camp Day 2 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47088edmontonoilers.com staffSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:57:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Oilers.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708847088BLOG: First on-ice sessionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47095With fitness testing out of the way, it was time to get down to business on day two of Oilers Orientation Camp in Jasper. Divided into two teams of 18, the prospects hit the rink for their first on-ice session of the week. “It was really fast-paced and we got right at it right away,” said Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear. “I Haven’t had a skate like that in a while. So it really felt good to get a feel of what the guys are like, it was really good.” What may sound like a bit of wake up call for the prospects was actually something that Oilers Senior Director of Player Development, Rick Carriere, said he liked to see. “I think it’s important that in the drill, they’re executing with intensity and with purpose, we’re not looking for a lot of tempo and flow in the practice. The practices can be slowed down, it’s all about teaching and development. But when they’re actually in the drill we like to see more of a game pace, and they’ve been able to carry that quite well right now.”Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 19:51:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_prospects2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709547095Oilers sign Beckhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47094The Edmonton Oilers have signed winger Taylor Beck to a one-year contract. Beck, 25, appeared in 50 American Hockey League games last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and San Antonio Rampage, accumulating 34 points (17G, 17A), 32 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 203-pound forward also appeared in two games with the New York Islanders in 2015-16, posting two penalty minutes. The St. Catharines, Ontario native has played in 87 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators and New York Islanders, registering 23 points (11G, 12A) and 28 penalty minutes.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseSun, 03 Jul 2016 18:30:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_beck.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709447094BLOG: Puljujarvi takes in camphttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47091As Oilers prospect Jesse Puljujarvi continues to nurse his knee injury through stages of light rehabilitation, he’s taking in the sights and sounds around him at Orientation Camp in Jasper. “It’s fun,” he said, reflecting on his first few days in Jasper and his new teammates for the week. “[They’re] good guys.” Puljujarvi, who was selected fourth overall by the Oilers at this years NHL Draft, went under the knife following the U18 World Championship for a minor knee surgery. The Finnish forward said his knee is feeling much better and that he hopes to return to the ice in a month. In the meantime, he’s focused on watching training and keeping fit. Last season, Puljujarvi played for Karpat in Finland's Liiga, the top men's league, recording 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 games in 50 games.Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 14:15:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Puljujarvi.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4709147091BLOG: Prospects on icehttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47089Day two of Oilers Orientation Camp has commenced as the prospects have hit the ice for a morning of hard work in Jasper. Stay tuned for news, videos and more on Edmontonoilers.com.Meg TilleySun, 03 Jul 2016 12:17:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160703_Niemo.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708947089Rookie Camp Day 1 - Audio and Videohttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47104edmontonoilers.com staffSat, 02 Jul 2016 17:12:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-caggilua.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710447104BLOG: Bear signs ELChttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47085As 36 Oilers prospects prepare to descend on Jasper for a week of orientation, Oilers prospect Ethan Bear is celebrating a little more than his second camp, having just signed his entry-level contract with the organization today. “It feels amazing,” said Bear. “You know I work very hard during the season and in the off season and it feels really rewarding to sign with Edmonton is a real big honour.” Coming off a strong season recording 19 goals and 46 assists for 65 points in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, the blueliner said he worked hard and felt he improved in many areas of his game. “Transitions, tight turn, lateral movement, especially defending in my own zone, boxing out players in front, and especially getting my shots through — I think those things really paid off for me.” As an experienced orientation camp-goer, Bear has an idea of what to expect this year and is ready for the upcoming week. “I guess the experience from last year, knowing what I’m coming up against and knowing how much work you have to put into it and to learn, how much you’ve got to pay attention and put in detail. I know I’m expected to do that and it’s going to be another fun camp.”Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 16:29:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/04/20160427_bear1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708547085BLOG: Oilers sign Bearhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47103The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Ethan Bear to a three-year entry level contract. Bear, 19, appeared in 69 games with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Seattle Thunderbirds last season, posting 65 points (19G, 46A), 33 penalty minutes and a plus 14 rating. He led all Seattle defencemen in scoring and also posted a team high 12 power play goals. The 5’11”, 197-pound blueliner has appeared in 197 career WHL games, accumulating 122 points (38G, 84A), 74 penalty minutes and a plus 16 rating.Edmonton Oilers Press ReleaseSat, 02 Jul 2016 14:45:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/05/20160512_Bear.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4710347103BLOG: Caggiula ready for professional careerhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47084After a successful — and final — season with the 2016 national champion University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey team, Drake Caggiula is ready for the first chapter of his professional hockey career. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “Obviously, you want to be a professional hockey player since you’re a young kid, that’s what you dream about and the National Hockey League’s the biggest goal. Now that school’s all done, I just have to worry about focussing on hockey and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that. Hockey is what I love, it’s my passion.’ One of 36 prospects attending this years Orientation Camp, Caggiula is preparing himself physically and mentally for what can only be perceived as a change of pace in the world of hockey. “[Professional hockey], I think it’s a little different than college hockey,” he said. “It’s a much bigger, faster, stronger, smarter [game], and I know there’s going to be an adjustment period. But at the same time I think I’m a quick learner and hope I can learn as quick as possible and really get accustomed to the pro game and hopefully it turns out well for myself.” Caggiula, who signed with the Oilers as a college free-agent on May 8, wrapped up his senior season with the Hawks recording 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points in 39 games and helped lead the team to a national championship title. Now, with school behind him camp becoming his sole focus this week, the 22-year-old is ready for what lies ahead. “You want to show them that you’re prepared and that you’re working out throughout the summer and making sure that — you know it’s still July — but you want to make sure and let everyone know you’ve been putting in the work and getting ready for the summer and getting ready for camp and early fall. “I think it’s a good time to get your feet wet and kind of show off what you have. It’s still an orientation camp, you’re not going to make the team or get cut from the team at this camp, but at the same time, it’s kind of good to get your foot in the door and show what you’re capable of.”Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 14:09:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-caggilua.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708447084BLOG: Benson ready to prove his worthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47083There’s no doubt about it, it was a frustrating junior year for Oilers prospect Tyler Benson. The 6-foot, 201-pound forward of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants started the year off recovering from an injury and faced a string of adversities throughout the remainder of the season. “I had surgery at the very beginning of the year before the season even started,” said Benson. “Then, throughout the year, I just had some nagging injuries I had to take care of and [that I’m] still dealing with a little bit now, trying to get healthy. But it eventually paid off when the Edmonton native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 32nd overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft. Now, Benson isn’t shying away at the opportunity that lies in front of him at this year's orientation camp. “It’s surreal,” he said. “Growing up, watching this team play, cheering for them, and now to be a part of the organization, it’s pretty special. “They have confidence in me and I want to be able to show them well. I think they made a good decision taking me so I want to be able to prove that.” Last season, Benson recorded nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 30 games.Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 13:03:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160702_Benson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708347083BLOG: Orientation camp kicks-offhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47082Prospects have filed into Rexall Place for day one of the 2016 Oilers Orientation Camp, starting their day with medicals and fitness testing. Stay locked-in to edmontonoilers.com for stories and videos throughout the day.Meg TilleySat, 02 Jul 2016 12:23:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2015/07/644scrumcamp4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708247082Video and audio from Free Agency Dayhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47060Marc CiampaFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:22:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-lucic.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4706047060BLOG: Chiarelli feels team is improvedhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47081The Oilers aren’t done looking for ways to improve their roster, but they did conclude their free agency spending on day one feeling much better about the state of the team. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli patched a big hole on defence by adding defenceman Adam Larsson via trade before free agency opened. On Friday, the Oilers added a top-line winger in Milan Lucic to help fill the void left by Taylor Hall’s exit in the Larsson trade. Chiarelli also added backup goalie competition by signing Jonas Gustavsson, and some physical blueline depth for the farm with Mark Fraser. “We’ve improved our team significantly,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve added what I assess as a top defenceman. He’s going to be a two at some point, Larsson. We’ve added Milan Lucic, who is going to help lead this team. He’s going to play a physical style of hockey, he’s going to score, he’s got a really nice set of hands. We lost a really good player, Taylor, and who was a real significant part of this team but I feel we improved by the style of player we’ve brought in and the approach to the game.” As for adding another defenceman or making another move, that may come down the road. “I’m really happy with what we’ve done the last few days,” said Chiarelli. “I’m gonna let the dust settle a little bit before we go out looking again. But really happy with what we’ve done. There’s been some change and some attitude change based on what we’ve done and, at this point and time, I’m quite satisfied.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:19:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-chia-roof.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708147081BLOG: Lucic and the Chiarelli connectionhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47080Milan Lucic was one of Peter Chiarelli’s first draft picks as general manager of the Boston Bruins in 2006. Now the two are reunited in Edmonton, after Lucic signed a seven-year deal with the club on the opening day of free agency. That relationship played a part in reeling in the big fish of free agency. “It helps. It helps a lot,” said Lucic. “Obviously, I got to spend eight years with him in Boston and he’s always been great to me and he’s always put the right pieces in place at the right time. It definitely is a vote of confidence when you know the GM is going to do the right thing to benefit the team. I think that’s the main thing, is making the team better and not always individuals better. Because it’s a team sport, the best team usually wins. He’s going to do whatever he can to make sure he has the best team.” Chiarelli used the shopping period to reconnect with an old friend and rekindle that Boston bond. “That made his visit a lot more comfortable and it was also fun just to reconnect,” said Chiarelli. “Once I left Boston, I didn’t really have the chance to see or talk to anybody. I always enjoyed my time talking to him in Boston and I like to hear his thoughts on the game and on players. He knows all the players in the league and how they play and stats. Very insightful guy.” It just so happened the prior relationship also made it easier for the free agent to sign in Edmonton. “There’s a lot of familiarity there with me and Milan,” said Chiarelli. “You can tell he’s a very sincere individual and he’s a terrific, impactful player. He’s going to change a lot of things here just by the way he plays and the way he leads. I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve seen him grow as a person, and I’m so excited to have him here.” Chiarelli showed Lucic and his wife the new arena, they walked the downtown area and spoke about the city. But in the end, Lucic was sold on Chiarelli and the young talent on the roster, making it an easy choice despite being offered more money and longer term by other teams. “It doesn’t surprise me one bit,” said Chiarelli. “He’s not in it for the money, and I know you hear that with every free agent signing. It doesn’t surprise me. You’ll learn that Milan is like that. It doesn’t surprise me.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 21:18:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-looch2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4708047080BLOG: Chiarelli welcomes Lucichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47078Atop a parkade in downtown Edmonton, with Rogers Place nestled in the backdrop, Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media, formally welcoming the Oilers newest acquisition, Milan Lucic, to the organization “Everything about this guy is terrific and he’s a good person,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve seen him lead on a number of occasions with the [Boston] Bruins, I’ve seen him carry a team [and] he respects good players. [It’s] a really great day for us and really happy to have him on our team.” A signing that was highly anticipated the week leading up to the NHL's Free Agency day, it was finally made official when ink met paper. With that signing came a new start on a new team for the left-winger, as well as a reunion between he and Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of familiarity there with me and Milan,” said Chiarelli, referring to his days back when he was General Manager of the Bruins from 2006-15, having joined the organization a year before Lucic was drafted by Boston. “You can tell he’s a very sincere individual and he’s a terrific, impactful player. He’s going to change a lot of things here just by the way he plays, the way he leads. I’ve known him for a long time, I’ve seen him grow as a person and [am] so excited to have him here.” The 6-foot-3, 220-pound left-winger has played 647 NHL games, recording 159 goals and 238 assists for 397 points. Chiarelli says it’s a big signing for the Oilers and that there's a lot to be celebrated. With the acquisition of the 28-year-old, a player with a knack for creating an intimidating demeanor on the ice, Chiarelli said that Lucic’s dedication to the game off the ice is just as impactful. “He’s a very thoughtful guy and he’s a student of the game also. You’ll learn that. He studies teams, how they play, I love the way he plays… He’s in terrific shape.” Last season, Lucic posted 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points in 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 19:24:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/642-LUCIC-chia.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707847078BLOG: Oilers sign Mark Fraserhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47073The Oilers have signed 29-year-old defenceman Mark Fraser to a one year contract. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound blueliner has played 219 regular season NHL games since he was drafted in the third round, 84th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. This will be Fraser’s second stint with the Oilers organization since he was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013-14 season. In 23 games he recorded one goal and one assist, amassing 43 penalty minutes that year.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:17:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_Fraser2.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707347073BLOG: Gustavsson recognizes Talbot’s growthhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47055They may not be familiar with each other – yet – however, Jonas Gustavsson knows of new teammate Cam Talbot’s path to the Oilers. Edmonton signed Gustavsson to a one-year contract to compete with Laurent Brossoit for the club’s top backup spot behind Talbot. Gustavsson knew of Talbot when he played for the New York Rangers behind Henrik Lundqvist. When the Rangers starter went down with a vascular injury, Talbot went 16-4-3 with a .929 save percentage. That kind of promise made him a trade target for Edmonton, who acquired him at the 2015 NHL Draft. Talbot went on to have a more than solid second half of the season for the Oilers last year, and is the entrenched number one now. Gustavsson recognizes Talbot’s rise and is excited to join the Oilers goalie room. “Everyone saw what he did behind Lundqvist there,” said Gustavsson. “He proved he deserved to play more minutes than he did there, especially when Lundqvist was injured. I remember he played a lot of big games for the Rangers. He got the chance to come to Edmonton. To be honest, I didn’t see the games he played but from what I did see and what I heard he had a really good first year there. “So he’s obviously a great goalie I can learn from and hopefully I can share some of my experience as well. I’ve been fortunate to have a chance to work with some good goalies in the past like last season with Tuukka Rask, a couple good goalies in Detroit and in Toronto. I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to play with a lot of good goalies. The more goalies you get a chance to play and work with, the more experience you get and this is another opportunity to learn and hopefully share some stuff too.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:06:00 EDThttp://2.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson3.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705547055BLOG: Gustavsson knows role, ready to supporthttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47054The Oilers signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract on day one of the free agent frenzy, Friday. The netminder has played 172 games in the NHL during his career, with stops in Toronto, Detroit and Boston. He had a .908 save percentage and 11-9-1 record last season with the Bruins. Gustavsson is expected to compete with Laurent Brossoit for the backup spot on the Oilers, and he’s well aware of where he can make an impact. “So far I’ve been having a great summer off the ice,” said Gustavsson. “I feel like I’ve been in better shape than I have been in the past. Things are going the right way so hopefully I can translate that into something positive on the ice as well. For me, I know I’m supposed to be a guy when the goalie needs a break or I’m needed, I’m just going to go out there and try and win as many games as possible. That’s what it’s all about. In the games you play, you want to be a factor in the team taking that next step and winning as many games as possible. That’s just what I want to be. I want to be one of those guys you can always count on.”Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:05:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson4.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705447054BLOG: Free Agency Updateshttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47052Stay logged into edmontonoilers.com for updates throughout Free Agency Day as soon as any signing or trade is 100% official, including Peter Chiarelli's live press conference later this afternoon. UPDATE: Oilers have signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract.edmontonoilers.com staffFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:35:00 EDThttp://1.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_gustavsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705247052BLOG: Oilers sign Lucichttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47051The Edmonton Oilers have signed winger Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract on the opening day of the free agent signing period. Lucic, a native of Vancouver, BC, has played 647 career regular season games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. The 28-year-old has 159 career goals and 238 assists for 397 points, and 851 penalty minutes. In 101 NHL playoff games, Lucic has 26 goals and 38 assists for 64 points. He won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship in 2011 with the Bruins. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli was the GM of Boston at the time.Chris WescottFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/oilers/images/upload/2016/07/20160701_Lucic1.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4705147051BLOG: Oilers sign Jonas Gustavssonhttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=47070The Oilers have signed 31-year-old goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year contract. Gustavsson, who started his professional career with AIK in the HockeyAllsvenskan league, has played 172 regular season NHL games since signing a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. In September 2015, the netminder was invited to training camp by the Boston Bruins on a professional tryout before he was signed to a one year contract. He went on to play 24 games for the Bruins, garnering a .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average, posting an 11-9-1 record. He has a 71-64-22 record in his NHL career with a .902 save percentage.Meg TilleyFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:30:00 EDThttp://3.cdn.nhle.com/bruins/images/upload/2016/04/DL_040916_PuempelGustavsson.jpghttp://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=4707047070