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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (49) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
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The Edmonton Oilers are 8-4-2 on the road but only 5-6-0 at home.
That is quite a difference and for most teams it is the exact opposite as they are good when it comes to the confides of home and inconsistent on the road. The Oilers moved into the new Rogers Centre to start the season and the unfamiliarity of the new rink could be a reason, or perhaps they have just played better on the road. Dec 4 - 7:39 AM

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Oilers coach Todd McLellan feels the Oilers players have been trying to rely too much on Connor McDavid.

"Sometimes we’re a team that gets watching 97 and we may let ourselves off the hook if players on the second or third line are getting chances but not scoring because we’ll say, ‘That’s OK, Connor will get it done.’ Others have to pick up the slack. I’m not worried about 97, I’m worried about others," said McLellan. "It’s an honest trait to look at Connor. But we can’t just think Connor will get it done if we’re trailing. We’re fighting that a bit right now. We expect others to pick up their socks." Edmonton got off to a strong 7-1-0 start, but the Oilers are 9-7-1 now and have dropped their last four contests. They'll try to get back on track Thursday against Los Angeles.
Nov 17 - 6:39 AM

It looks like we'll have our Heritage Classic between the Oilers and Jets after all with puck drop at 3:50 Central.

There was a worry that the game may get nixed due to good weather, of all things. But fortunately the sun glare that's delayed the game is expected to subside enough to play.
Oct 23 - 2:59 PM

Colin Campbell said that the last possible start time for Sunday's Heritage Classic between the Oilers and Jets is 3:53 Central.

Well, that's an oddly specific time but it is what it is. The game has been delayed off it's scheduled 3PM Central start due to sun glare. Stay tuned.
Oct 23 - 2:53 PM

The start of Sunday's Heritage Classic between the Oilers and Jets has been delayed.

No word just yet how long the game will be delayed for, but we do know it's due to sun glare. Stay tuned.
Oct 23 - 2:24 PM

With the sun breaking through and the ice crew covering the Heritage Classic ice with a blanket, Sunday's Oilers-Jets match be delayed according to Darren Dreger.

The game is slated to begin at 3PM EST, but now it's in doubt. No official word just yet, but be ready for a bit of extra time watching Heritage Classic today.
Oct 23 - 12:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers need to take advantage of their relatively friendly October schedule.

Edmonton has nine games scheduled for October with six of them being played at home. Of the Oilers' three away games, none of them are major treks as Edmonton will be playing in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Getting off to a good start is obviously something every team wants, but it seems particularly important for Edmonton this season given its schedule.
Oct 12 - 9:14 AM

Keith Gretzky has been hired as Edmonton's new assistant GM.

Bill Scott, who had the role previously, will become Oilers Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations. Edmonton also named Kelly Buchberger as the Vice President of Player Development, while Duane Sutter has been promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel. Justin Mahe was promoted to Manager of Hockey Analysis among a few other moves to the Hockey Operations department.
Aug 2 - 6:08 PM

The Edmonton Oilers will reportedly bring in Keith Gretzky as their assistant general manager.

Wayne's younger brother was the Director of Amateur Scouting for Boston, so he is familiar with current Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, who worked with the Bruins from 2006-2015. The move for Gretzky is expected to happen in the near future.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 2 - 10:04 AM

Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said there will definitely be a captain on the Oilers this coming season.

However, he wouldn't say who it would be. The expectation is that Connor McDavid will become the captain of the team. If he gets the "C" before Oct. 26, McDavid would be the youngest captain in NHL history.
Jul 28 - 3:07 PM

Now that the Edmonton Oilers have traded Taylor Hall, perhaps they will retire No. 4 in honor of Kevin Lowe.

Lowe logged 1,037 career games with the Edmonton Oilers and won five Stanley Cup championships with the team. He's also a part of the Oilers' history in other ways as the first player they drafted as an NHL franchise and the first player to score a goal for the franchise. Part of the reason why Lowe's number isn't already retired is because he served as the Oilers' general manager and later the head of hockey operations. "As long as I was making the hockey decisions, we were never going to retire it," said Lowe. That's no longer a factor, so we'll see what happens next.
Jul 5 - 5:09 AM

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli is disappointed that Edmonton didn't get a top-three pick for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but owning the fourth overall selection still gives them plenty of options.

"If we'd won the first pick, it would have given us more options because at the time it's the better player (for possible trade) and a player that's able to play in the NHL right away," said Chiarelli. "But we've done that where we put players right in and I'm OK if we keep the (No. 4) pick and we get a player who won't help us for a year or two. We haven't done that for a while. Sometimes, you speed up the development but not to the proper hierarchy (on the team)." The Oilers could take one of the top defensemen in the draft at that spot or grab another talented forward. Edmonton could also look to move the pick.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the top-3 at the NHL Draft Lottery and own the 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Edmonton was bumped to fourth by the lottery victories of Columbus and Winnipeg despite finishing 29th in the overall standings. The consensus fourth-best prospect is Matthew Tkachuk, son of Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk.
Apr 30 - 8:38 PM

Edmonton Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson is naturally upbeat about his team's chances of winning the draft lottery.

"We’re certainly going to put things in place," Nicholson said. "It’s a tradition that I always had and it worked last year with the lucky socks. And as you know, I can’t outline what it is, because then it’s not lucky. But we’ll have our things in place for Saturday." While Edmonton only has a 13.5% chance of actually getting the first overall pick, the Oilers are nothing if not lucky when it comes to draft lotteries. If Edmonton wins this one then it will be given the first overall pick for the fifth time in seven years.
Apr 26 - 4:50 AM

While Edmonton's season has been a disappointment, the squad's early elimination from the playoff hunt is giving coach Todd McLellan an opportunity to monitor each players' character.

McLellan explained to his players following the deadline that to tell them that the team's goal for the final 18 games was to finish with a record above .500 in that span. He also made it clear that their individual performance over the last weeks of the season would be monitored. "You can’t pick and choose when you play in this league," McLellan said. "You can’t have success with a segment of players who are cheating. We’re looking for that, and I think it will reveal character issues as we move forward." So far Edmonton is 6-5-0 since the deadline.
Mar 22 - 9:11 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Benoit Pouliot
3Patrick Maroon
4Matt Hendricks
5Anton Slepyshev
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Jesse Puljujarvi
3Leon Draisaitl
4Zack Kassian
5Tyler Pitlick
6Iiro Pakarinen
D1Adam Larsson
2Andrej Sekera
3Oscar Klefbom
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Brandon Davidson
7Eric Gryba
8Mark Fayne
9Matthew Benning
10Andrew Ference
11Dillon Simpson
G1Cam Talbot
2Jonas Gustavsson