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Dallas Eakins | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (47) / 2/27/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
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Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins wants to be more concise with the media this season.
"I don’t ever want to turn into a coach who says 'work hard and give 100%.' I think our fans deserve more than that. But I did find out about how people can shorten your quote or message and turn it into something else. So maybe I learned not to speak so much," Eakins said. Everything he says will inevitably be heavily scrutinized and some of his quotes will be turned against him, so for his sake this might be a good idea. However, a coach will be judged on the team's performance versus expectations and everything else is secondary. If the Oilers have another bad year, then Eakins will likely be heavily criticized regardless of what he says and conversely, if the Oilers have a strong season, then he will likely receive plenty of the credit. Sep 19 - 10:25 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have hired David Pelletier to serve as their new skating coach.

Pelletier has experience teaching hockey players, but he's better known for his work as a professional figure skater. At his height, Pelletier won and Olympic gold medal in 2002 for pairs figure skating. "When I first started working with a WHL player or an NHLer, my first thought was 'Well, you've been drafted, what am I going to teach you?' Then you quickly realize that as a figure skater, your strength is agility," Pelletier said. "It's that ability to change direction quickly that is key and balance is an area where I can make a difference. Edge work . . . that’s what I'm trying to bring to the world of hockey."
Sep 18 - 9:06 AM

With formerly restricted free agent Justin Schultz signed, the Edmonton Oilers aren't expected to make any more moves before the preseason.

Of course, that doesn't mean that the Oilers' roster is finalized. There will be battles for spots during training camp and Edmonton's centers will be at the heart of that. There's an opening for Leon Draisaitl after he was taken with the third pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but the Oilers aren't making any promises and have other options if he doesn't impress during training camp.
Sep 1 - 8:14 AM

The Edmonton Oilers hired analytics whiz Tyler Dellow on Tuesday.

Known as, @mc79hockey on Twitter and on his blog, which has gone dark after his NHL promotion, his addition has been one of many this off-season to help big-league teams in advanced stats.
Aug 6 - 4:39 PM

It sounds like Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels far better about his defense now than he did in 2013-14.

The Oilers have added Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, and Keith Aulie. "When you look at the makeup of our defense now, it looks like an NHL defense, which it didn't always last year," MacTavish said. The Oilers already has a strong core of forwards and goaltender Ben Scrivens is promising. If their defense is solid next season, they might surprising people.
Jul 2 - 9:48 AM

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish's goal is to get a puck-moving defenseman this summer.

MacTavish is likely to acquire one via a trade rather than the unrestricted free agent market. "This year there are not so many top free agents available," he said. "The guys who would normally be secondary targets are now the primary targets. It's a good year to be a UFA." MacTavish wouldn't mind adding a defensive defenseman as well.
Jun 17 - 9:16 AM

Bob Nicholson is joining the Edmonton Oilers' new sports & entertainment company, Oilers Entertainment Group, as its vice chairman.

In other words, Nicholson will be working directly under owner Daryl Katz. That being said, Oilers president Kevin Lowe remains the head of hockey operations, while Nicholson will focus on the business side of things. Nicholson previously served as Hockey Canada's CEO.
Jun 13 - 3:58 PM

Craig Ramsay, who recently joined the Edmonton Oilers to help their defense as an assistant coach, isn't hoping to eventually get a bigger role.

Ramsay previously served as a head coach and associate coach, but at the age of 63, he's happy just working in a supporting role. "I just want to be somewhere where they understand the kind of team they have, where they want to get to, and how they are going to do it," Ramsay said. "I felt good about that." Ramsay previously worked for the Florida Panthers, but he was fired in November when the Panthers wanted to change up their coaching staff.
Jun 11 - 9:28 AM

Craig Ramsay has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.

Ramsay was never able to firmly establish himself as a head coach, but he did have the job a few times and ended up with a 50-63-6-12 record in that role. He's also a former player that scored 252 goals and 672 points in 1,070 career games. He won the Selke Trophy in 1985, which goes to the league's best defensive forward.
Jun 10 - 4:08 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Bill Scott to serve as the team's assistant general manager.

Scott has spent the last four seasons as the GM of the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons has made the playoffs in each of his four campaigns and they made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2012 and 2013. He'll replace Ricky Olczyk. "Being able to work for the Oilers is tremendous," Scott said. "We've had a great four years in Oklahoma City and I'm looking forward to bringing in the next step of my career and help the Oilers in any way that I can to pursue another Stanley Cup."
Apr 22 - 9:55 AM

The Edmonton Oilers aren't likely to trade the third overall pick.

Edmonton is comfortable with the third selection as Oilers GM Craig MacTavish noted that the order of this year's top five is pretty open for debate. Edmonton would probably like to draft defenseman Aaron Ekblad if he ends up sliding to them, but that's far from guaranteed.
Apr 16 - 9:39 AM

It looks like Dallas Eakins will stick around as the Edmonton Oilers head coach despite a rough first season.

The Oilers ended up in the Western Conference basement in a season where the expectation was that they would finally compete for a playoff spot. All the same, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish stood behind his bench boss. "I'm convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times ... he's relentless," MacTavish said.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 15 - 5:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have a 14.4% chance of picking first in the NHL draft for the fourth time in five years.

It's a testament to the Oilers sustain futility. Edmonton had three straight first overall picks from 2010-12 and selected Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov. In 2013 they had the seventh overall pick and took Darnell Nurse. This time around they will at least be back in the top-five.
Apr 15 - 10:13 AM

After getting shutout for the ninth time this season, coach Dallas Eakins said that the Oilers are not an offensive team.

This is kind of surprising considering the Oilers had the number one overall pick three seasons in a row and took Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, forwards that were all offensively highly talented. Add Jordan Eberle to the mix, and it's hard to see why the Oilers can't score. "There's this misconception about this team that it is an offensive skilled team. We're not," said Eakins. "We have some players who have skill but the last four or five years this team has been bottom five or six in shots and basically 26th in scoring ... this is not a high-powered offensive team. We have to find a way to manufacture some offense and it's something we're definitely going to have to look into this summer as we add and subtract."
Mar 31 - 7:51 AM

The Oilers were booed off the ice after their embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Flames Saturday night.

There were a few other sideshows that took place in the Massacre of Alberta. Midway through the third period a disgruntled fan threw an Oiler sweater on the ice. Taylor Hall and Oiler coach Dallas Eakins argued on the bench after the former threw a water bottle in frustration that exploded and showered water on Eakins and associate coach Keith Acton. Hall was benched for 13 minutes as a result. All in all, it was a horrible night for the Oilers.
Mar 23 - 9:19 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Leon Draisaitl
3Anton Lander
4Boyd Gordon
5Mark Arcobello
6Matt Hendricks
7Will Acton
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Steve Pinizzotto
5Jesse Joensuu
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Mark Fraser
7Keith Aulie
8Martin Marincin
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth