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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 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

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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.
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

The Edmonton Oilers are quietly coming together and have won five of their last seven games.

There is a lot of talent on the Oilers squad and they get Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back on Saturday but the big reason for their turnaround is the play of netminder Cam Talbot who was the NHL's first star of the week last week. The Oilers, with a big finish, could finally put a lot of hope in their fans for the upcoming seasons.
Mar 12 - 7:20 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will travel to Winnipeg next season to play an outdoor game.

The Oilers started the outdoor craze in 2003 with a game against Montreal. The game was played in minus-30 Celsius temperatures (minus-22 in the Fahrenheit scale) so this one will likely go in October when it will be warmer in Winnipeg. An official announcement is due on Sunday afternoon.
Mar 6 - 7:34 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have the worst record in the NHL.

In terms of points they're tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs at 50, but Edmonton has played in three more games, so the tiebreaker goes to Toronto. In other words, Edmonton has a legitimate chance of winning its fifth first-round pick in the last seven years. At the least it seems they're on course to get another high-end selection. Although there are some arguments to be made that this franchise took a step forward in 2015-16, it's hard to talk about moral victories with a team that has been this bad for this long.
Feb 22 - 9:04 AM

Todd McLellan was disappointed with his team's effort this weekend.

The Oilers were dismantled in Montreal on Saturday and looked even worse in an 8-1 loss to the Islanders on Sunday. "I don’t think we were were prepared to play before those goals against," said McLellan. "I was disappointed in the preparation and approach to the game. We got our butts handed to us in Montreal and we came in here and responded in a very inappropriate way. It’s very disappointing."
Feb 8 - 10:09 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will not play again until after the All-Star break.

The Oilers are one of two teams not playing during the upcoming week (St. Louis being the other squad) so it's a real good idea to bench all your Edmonton players this week.
Jan 24 - 8:53 AM

At this point it seems all-but certain that the Edmonton Oilers will tie an NHL record that nobody wants.

If Edmonton misses the playoffs this season, then it will be their 10th consecutive campaign without a postseason birth. The only other team to manage that was the Florida Panthers and if Edmonton fails to make the playoffs again in 2016-17, then it'll have the record all to itself. Of course, Edmonton could theoretically still make the playoffs this season, but that seems very unlikely after dropping six of its last eight games. Edmonton is eight points behind in the race, but it would have to leapfrog five teams just to become the best of the squads missing the playoffs. Even Connor McDavid's eventual return likely won't be enough to dig them out of that hole.
Jan 23 - 5:09 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4Anton Lander
5Mark 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
9Andrew Ference
G1Cam Talbot
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Laurent Brossoit