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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (49) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
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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. Aug 5 - 6:29 PM
Source: Sportnet.ca

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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.
Jul 3 - 4:41 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.
Jul 1 - 4:19 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.
May 16 - 7:36 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.
Apr 26 - 7:32 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.
Apr 24 - 8:32 AM

The difference between Edmonton and San Jose in playoff experience is massive.

The Oilers have a total of 342 man-games worth of playoff experience between them and only 11 of their players have previously been to the postseason. By contrast, the San Jose Sharks have 1,169 games worth of playoff experience, including Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, who are questionable for Game 1. For his part, head coach Todd McLellan is trying not to let that relative lack of experience be a factor. "We don't have it, so it doesn't matter," McLellan said. "Play the game. If you think I'm walking in the locker room and saying, 'Hey, guys, the experience factor and all that type of stuff,' that word hasn't even come up other than from the crowd gathered here. It doesn't come up in our locker room."
Apr 12 - 9:54 AM

Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan has plenty of history with their first round opponent, the San Jose Sharks.

McLellan served as the Sharks' bench boss for seven seasons before joining Edmonton. Under his tenure, San Jose enjoyed a lot of regular season success, but had mixed results in the playoffs and weren't able to reach the Stanley Cup Final. For his part, McLellan downplayed the subplot about his connection with the Sharks. "If you think that, you’re writing backwards," said McLellan. "Has nothing to do with it. I stand behind the bench and maybe I sweat a bit, but I usually don’t get hit or have to block shots. The groups will go out and play. They’ve got a really good staff and team, too."
Apr 11 - 9:12 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have a big game on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

The Oilers and Sharks will likely face each other in the first round of the playoffs, but the main thing left to be determined is which team will have the home ice advantage. Currently both teams have 97 points, though Edmonton has three games left while San Jose only has two. With that in mind, a win Thursday night for the Oilers would go a long way towards securing home ice in the first round.
Apr 6 - 10:26 AM

The Edmonton Oilers clinched the playoffs on Tuesday.

Edmonton will be heading to the postseason for the first time since 2006. The Oilers have endured a lengthy rebuilding process that involved plenty of false starts. Their fate really started to turn around last season though with the selection of Connor McDavid with the first overall pick. McDavid wasn't the first top pick the Oilers have had in recent years, but he's a generational talent they could build around - and that's what they've done as the Oilers have gotten tougher and improved defensively to finally become a playoff-bound team.
Mar 29 - 10:24 AM

The Edmonton Oilers power play has eight goals in their last eight games.

The Oilers have been finding the net at a pace reminiscent of the 1980's as they have scored seven times in each of the last two games and were three-of-six on the power play last game. The Oilers are flying so get your Edmonton players into your lineup ASAP!
Mar 18 - 8:08 AM

Do not be surprised if the Oilers trade for a backup netminder by Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

The Oilers are comfortable with Cam Talbot as their starter but he has already played 55 games and the month of February is still not done. Laurent Brossoit has some talent but the Oilers need a veteran to take some heat off Talbot during the remainder of the regular season. Stay tuned.
Feb 26 - 8:44 AM

Todd McLellan was not at all pleased with the effort of the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

The Oilers were totally outplayed and outworked by the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Jackets increased their winning streak to 16 games. We didn’t even come close to their pace or their tenacity or their relentlessness," McLellan said. "We weren’t anywhere near it." The score was not indicative of the play as Cam Talbot was outstanding in the Edmonton net. The Oilers have a lot of talent and it remains to be seen if they can learn how to compete better after seeing a terrific Columbus team dismantle them.
Jan 4 - 8:17 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have found success in one-goal games this season.

Edmonton is 8-4-6 in one-goal contests in 2016-17. It's one of the main reasons that the Oilers have taken a step forward this season as they posted a 14-16-8 record in one-goal games in 2015-16, which put them in 29th place in terms of winning percentage. Edmonton has also done a good job of holding a lead as the squad is 12-1-1 when leading after 40 minutes.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 09:31:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have a chance to enter the Christmas break at the top of the Pacific Division standings.

Edmonton is tied with San Jose at 41 points and the two squads will play each other Friday night. Whether or not Edmonton wins that game, the fact that the Oilers are even in this position is a huge step forward for the franchise. In 2015-16 they entered the Christmas break with a 15-18-2 record and didn't reach the 41-point mark until Jan. 16.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:27:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Jussi Jokinen
4Anton Slepyshev
5Jujhar Khaira
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Ryan Strome
3Jesse Puljujarvi
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Ty Rattie
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Adam Larsson
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Matthew Benning
7Eric Gryba
8Yohann Auvitu
9Mark Fayne
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit