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Mark Letestu | Center | #55

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
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Mark Letestu played in his 500th career NHL game on Wednesday.
That's particularly noteworthy in Letestu's case as he was never drafted. Instead he had to work his way up, spending three seasons in the AJHL, a campaign with Western Michigan University, and then parts of four seasons in the minors before earning a regular role with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010-11. "You don’t think you’re going to the NHL when you’re not drafted and you’re 20 in Bonnyville, playing Tier 11. I just tried to be the best I could be at that level and get to college," said Letestu. "It took off for me in school but by no means did I think I was on an NHL path." He excelled at college hockey, which is why he only spent a season with Western Michigan University before making the leap to the minors. His original plan though was to become an accountant. Even now, after getting 500 NHL games under his belt, he's still taking university courses on the side and is a junior at this point. Nov 23 - 5:52 AM

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Mark Letestu picked up a goal with an assist in Tuesday's 8-2 victory against Vegas.

Letestu snapped an 11-game goal drought, and he has managed just one assist during the span dating back to Oct. 19. He has plenty of time to pull himself out of his funk, he has is off to a poor start after posting a career-high 16 goals in 2016-17.
Nov 15 - 1:35 AM

Mark Letestu has gone 11 straight games without a goal.

Letestu has also been limited to an assist in that span. After he set a new career-high in 2016-17 with 16 goals, his lack of offense is disappointing. It's also an issue for the Oilers, who have been hurting for some secondary scoring. "It’s a rough patch right now, and it coincides with a lot of guys who are fighting it. I’m still getting the looks and shots, but they’re not going in," said Letestu. "I’m disappointed in myself. I set higher standards (after last year’s 16 goals) and I’m behind them. I feel this team relies on people like me to help."
Nov 14 - 6:53 AM

Mark Letestu scored a power-play goal while recording two blocked shots and four hits in Tuesday's loss against the Hurricanes.

Letestu posted career highs with 16 goals, 11 power-play markers and 35 points last season while also notching six game-winning tallies. However, he was blanked through his first four games this season. He has the potential to post 30-35 points, but don't expect much more than that.
Oct 18 - 1:19 AM

Mark Letestu has racked up eight points in six games in Round 2 against Anaheim.

He had two goals and two assists in Sunday's 7-1 blowout victory. Letestu has been especially dangerous on Edmonton's power play, where he has accounted for six points, including three goals, in the series. "When we put him on the power play back in October or November, we didn't have a triggerman. We knew in the past he could. He finds open spaces," said coach Todd McLellan.
May 9 - 1:05 PM

Mark Letestu pitched in two goals and two assists in a commanding 7-1 victory for Edmonton over Anaheim on Sunday.

Letestu continued to be a force in the Oilers' top-six. He has five goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games this season, far outpacing the 35 points he earned during the regular season. Letestu and the Oilers will look to harbor that momentum into Game 7 against the Ducks on Wednesday.
May 7 - 10:24 PM

Mark Letestu scored twice in Edmonton's 5-3 win over Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Letestu is up to three goals and five points in seven playoff games. That's in stark contrast to his postseason contributions prior to 2017 as he entered this playoff run with four points in 17 career postseason games.
Apr 27 - 10:52 AM

Mark Letestu will be rested on Sunday against the Canucks.

Through 79 games this season he's posted 16 goals and 35 points along with 71 hits.
Apr 9 - 8:44 PM

Mark Letestu scored a power play goal on Saturday.

It was his 11th with the man-advantage this season as the former Penguin and Blue Jacket has found a home in Edmonton. He has 16 goals and 35 points with Saturday's goal setting a career high in points. His previous best was 34 with Columbus in 2013-14. He has some value because of his scoring prowess on the power play.
Apr 9 - 7:26 AM

Mark Letestu inched ever-closer to a few career high marks with his goal during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Predators.

He's now up to 12 goals and 29 points through 60 games thus far. He needs just two goals and five points to match his career highs in those categories, and will reach the 30-point plateau for just the second time in eight seasons with one more.
Feb 26 - 9:32 PM

Mark Letestu has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games.

Letestu get that hot streak going on Wednesday when he registered an assist versus Anaheim. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 47 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 26 - 11:30 AM

Mark Letestu scored one goal and had two assists Wednesday night as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.

Letestu scored the first goal of the night at 8:13 in the first and then had a piece of the next two goals with assists to Milan Lucic’s power play goal at 15:07 in that same period and a to Matt Hendricks’ game winning second period goal at 2:16. This lifts Letestu to 17 points for the season with seven goals to his credit.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:26:00 AM

Mark Letestu has scored five of his six goals this season against the Winnipeg Jets.

Letestu scored twice on Sunday including being given credit for the goal that Patrik Laine put into his own net. Too bad the Oilers and the Jets are done for the season so don't expect a lot from Letestu the rest of the way.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:49:00 AM

Mark Letestu erased a one-goal deficit in the third period on Sunday night by scoring twice in the final 18 minutes to give the Oilers a 3-2 win over Jets.

Letestu's pair gives him six goals and 12 points through 28 games this season. The 32-year-old hadn't scored since Dec. 1, where he also had a pair of goals.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Mark Letestu collected his third career three-point game during Thursday's 6-3 win over the Jets.

The veteran pivot hadn't pulled the feat since March. With his two goals he also posted his seventh career multi-goal game, unfortunately he's yet to pull off the hat trick. Letestu has four goals and nine points in 22 games this season.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 02:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
4Mark Letestu
LW1Patrick Maroon
2Milan Lucic
3Mike Cammalleri
4Jujhar Khaira
5Anton Slepyshev
6Nathan Walker
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Jesse Puljujarvi
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Brandon Davidson
7Eric Gryba
8Andrej Sekera
9Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit
3Nick Ellis