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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (50) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185

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The Edmonton Oilers play 13 games over the next 23 days.
That's a busy schedule and it will make up for the fact the Oilers played only four times in the last 22 days. They are busy again in March with 16 games in the month, giving them 29 games over the next 54 days. Slide your Oilers into your lineup for a long stretch of time at this point of the season. Feb 5 - 7:28 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers will open their 2018-19 season in Stockholm, Sweden against the New Jersey Devils.

The NHL is going back to Europe to play some games and the fans in Sweden will get to see Connor McDavid and the Oilers take on the Devils. "We’ll be there for seven or eight days" Oilers CEL Bob Nicholson said. "We’ll be down to our team and have time to get over the jet lag, lots of practice time and lots of time to be together to really come together and have a great experience. We’re only doing one regular season game in Europe instead of two because what we’re doing after that is coming back and playing our next few regular season games on the Eastern seaboard. So it’ll take one of those trips out of our schedule. Hopefully, that will pay off later in the season."
Jan 28 - 6:50 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are by far the worst home team at killing penalties this season.

The Oilers are fifth best on the road with an 85.1 percent success rate but are only 57.4 percent at home as they have given up 23 goals on only 54 attempts while the Flyers are next at 72.7 percent, giving up 15 goals in one extra attempt. Those are horrible numbers and to give you some context, if they went the next 46 attempts without giving up a goal, they would move up to only 26th if everything else was equal.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 07:53:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are 9-4 in the last month.

This is after a horrible start to the season in which Edmonton was 8-13-2 and though to be out of a chance for a playoff spot. But they are 17-17-2 heading into the Christmas break and ready to make a playoff push the second half of the season. "I think we’ve been playing some really good hockey lately," Leon Draisaitl said. "We’re back to playing the way we were playing last year. We have all four lines going right now. It’s nice to take that into the break."
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 06:00:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have won only five times at home this season.

The Oilers are not close to a playoff spot due to their spotty home record and need to turn it around and quickly. They have been shutout at home twice in their last seven games and that sort of effort will not do. They are 5-10 at home and still eight points out of a playoff spot. Edmonton will try to turn it around when they take on San Jose at home on Monday.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 07:23:00 AM

After earning a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday, the Oilers now need to begin their first winning streak of the 2017-18 campaign.

Edmonton struggled out of the gate with a 2-5-1 record. The Oilers have leveled off somewhat by going 3-4-0 over their last seven games, but they need to start actually making up lost ground. "For us to crawl back into this (playoff picture) we can’t be win one, lose one. We can’t play .500. We have to string games together at some point, and the sooner the better," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. "We talked to the players about that (Wednesday). We’ve done a lot of repairing and repair means there’s something wrong with your game. We tried to accentuate the positives after the Islanders game, blocking shots like Drake Caggiula and Luch (Milan Lucic). An early save by Cam (Talbot) on (Josh) Bailey 25 seconds in, the penalty kill (three), getting goals on a breakaway (Leon Draisaitl) and the two-on-one with Leon and Connor. We haven’t had many of those." The Oilers are set to play the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. They beat New Jersey 6-3 on Friday.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:22:00 AM

Oilers coach Todd McLellan is trying to put Edmonton's cold start in perspective by noting that they went through a similar stretch last season.

"Last year, we started 7-1 and then we went 2-7-1 in our next 10 games," said McLellan. "We’re having that 2-7-1 segment (out of the gate)." Be that as it may, a team is in a significant hole when the hope is to go on a 7-1 run. The Oilers aren't in dire trouble yet as there's a lot of time left for them to dig themselves out of this hole, but if their November goes as poorly as October did, then it will be easy to be pessimistic about Edmonton.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:10:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have surrendered the first goal in each of their last six games.

That's one of the reasons for the Oilers' struggles so far this season. Scoring first can make a big difference in the NHL and it certainly hasn't helped Edmonton that the opposition has consistently had that advantage. We'll see if things go differently for the Oilers on Thursday against Dallas.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 09:27:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are last in the NHL with an average of 1.88 goals per game.

That's certainly not what you'd expect from Edmonton given the skilled forwards featured. Connor McDavid has been his usual self, but the offensive depth hasn't been there. Patrick Maroon has six points in eight games while no one beyond him and McDavid have more than three points thus far. "We just have to relax, calm down," said McDavid. "We’re getting these chances in front of the net that should be automatic and we’re not scoring, myself included. We have to be better in that area. Talbs is standing on his head, the defense is playing great, the forwards have to be better in that area." Edmonton is 2-5-1 due to its offensive woes. The Oilers will look for a better result on Thursday against Dallas.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 05:25:00 AM

Edmonton has hired Vaclav Burda as their director of European scouting.

Burda has had that position with the Ottawa Senators since 2008. He will report directly to Bob Green, who is the Oilers' director of player personnel. The 44-year-old played for 12 years in Europe before retiring back in 2002.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:29:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have promoted Scott Howson to the vice presidency of player development.

Howson was previously serving as a scout and advisor. "I started talking to Peter about it three weeks ago and I really think it’s going to be critical for the organization to develop its own players," said Howson. "We’ve seen what’s happened in the Pittsburgh the last couple of years, they’ve brought in players like Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackl. Jake Guentzel had a huge role this year. And as our team matures it’s going to be really important for us to bring in younger players who can fill roles and contribute to winning." Especially with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the verge of big contracts, Edmonton is going to need a steady supply of young talent to help round out the team and keep its cap situation manageable.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 04:41:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers might be pretty quiet on July 1 when it comes to signing unrestricted free agents.

Edmonton has cap space, but it needs to keep room available to sign RFA Leon Draisaitl to a big contract and they also need to account for the fact that Connor McDavid will get a massive payday once his entry-level contract expires in the summer of 2018. Edmonton has already made some moves ahead of the UFA period though by trading Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome and cutting ties with Benoit Pouliot via a buyout. Both of those moves saved the Oilers some cap space, but that was counterbalanced by their decision to sign defenseman Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million extension.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 04:19:00 AM

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has been selected as one of the finalists for the NHL's GM of the Year Award.

The Oilers finally put together a solid season after years of mediocrity, and both Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan are up for awards this offseason. Edmonton finished second in the Pacific Division with a 47-26-9 record, which was a 33-point improvement from 2015-16. Ottawa's Pierre Dorion and Nashville's David Poile are the other two finalists.
Tue, May 16, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Todd McLellan was selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

Columbus' John Tortorella and Toronto's Mike Babcock are the other two finalists this year. McLellan led the Oilers to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division with a 47-26-9 record, which was a 33-point improvement from last year. McLellan did a terrific job with a young team this year, but having a healthy Connor McDavid definitely helped.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 07:32:00 PM

The second round of the NHL playoffs will begin on Wednesday.

There will be two games Wednesday as Edmonton travels to Anaheim while St. Louis hosts Nashville. The Eastern Conference series will begin on Thursday as Washington will take on Pittsburgh in the nation's capital and the New York Rangers will be in the Canadian capital of Ottawa to play the Senators.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 08:32:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
LW1Milan Lucic
2Mike Cammalleri
3Jujhar Khaira
4Anton Slepyshev
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Jesse Puljujarvi
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Pontus Aberg
7Ty Rattie
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Ethan Bear
7Andrej Sekera
8Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Al Montoya