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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
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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

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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

Todd McLellan will coach in San Jose on Thursday for the first time since parting ways with the Sharks.

McLellan's Edmonton Oilers have already faced the Sharks once this season, but that game was in Edmonton. He coached the Sharks in 540 regular season contests and another 62 playoff games, so naturally his return brought back a lot of memories for him. "It’s been eight years since I’ve been on this (visitors) side," McLellan said as he was at the arena on Wednesday for Edmonton's practice. "I actually went in the wrong room. I didn’t realize that the visitors room was on the other side of the hallway now. Last time I was here with Detroit it was the old lockeroom."
Jan 14 - 11:00 AM

Although it might not seem like a big accomplishment, the Edmonton Oilers will still have something worth playing for after the Christmas break.

With a 15-18-2 record, Edmonton is just three points behind in the playoff race, which can be taken as a sign of progress for a franchise that has often ended up near the bottom of the NHL over the last decade. "It’s nice for sure, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re in the race," said Taylor Hall. "These games after Christmas are really important. I haven’t had that for a long time and we still have some guys out with injuries too, and that’s a really promising sign." On top of that, Edmonton has gotten this far despite the setback of Connor McDavid being sidelined for almost two months now. Once he gets back, Edmonton should be even more competitive.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 10:51:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers swept their five-game homestand.

That leaves them at 9-5-1 at home, but the Oilers are still a troubling 4-10-1 on the road. That makes their upcoming four-game road trip, which starts with a match against Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli's old team in Boston on Monday, a big test. In the meantime, Edmonton has worked itself within two points of a playoff spot, although the teams in the Pacific Division are all bunched up with the exception of Los Angeles, so there's a lot of competition for those second and third divisional slots.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 08:20:00 AM

Todd McLellan will face the San Jose Sharks for the first time since his departure on Wednesday.

McLellan's Edmonton Oilers are taking a three-game winning streak into this contest. The bench boss has a lot of great memories about his time in San Jose and is grateful for the opportunity they provided him. However, we're sure a win against his former team would still be particularly nice for him. "I get up to play San Jose regardless, it’s a great opponent with great players and it’s a lot of fun to play against them," said winger Matt Hendricks. "But there’s not a guy sitting in this room who doesn’t want to win for the coach. Everybody does."
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 10:58:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers were handed a decisive 5-2 loss in Thursday's preseason contest.

"Tonight was a sobering wake up for all of us," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "I think it was something our team needed. We were negligent in some of our responsibilities on the ice, so that’s a good teaching tool, we can go after guys for that." It's also served as a reminder that while there's a lot of optimism surrounding the Oilers now, their defense and goaltending remain significant question marks going into the season. We don't want to read too much into a rough exhibition loss, but it's not a stretch to say that Edmonton has a lot to prove this season.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Connor McDavid
3Leon Draisaitl
4Anton Lander
5Mark Letestu
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Patrick Maroon
4Matt Hendricks
5Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Nail Yakupov
3Lauri Korpikoski
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Eric Gryba
4Brandon Davidson
5Adam Clendening
6Mark Fayne
7Adam Pardy
8Andrew Ference
9Nikita Nikitin
G1Cam Talbot