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

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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

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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

Todd McLellan is in no rush to name a team captain.

Andrew Ference served as Edmonton's captain last season but McLellan has yet to decide if he will keep the "C" or not. "It's virtually impossible for me as an individual to make a call on the leadership group and tactics that are in play here right now because I have not experienced the team as a whole," McLellan said Thursday. "I haven't experienced a lot of the individuals, the way they carry themselves, the way they react in certain situations. Are they verbal leaders? Are they physical leaders? Are they both? How do they react in successful situations? How do they react to failure? How do they interact with their teammates? I can't answer any of those questions as a coach right now."
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Glen Sather will have his banner raised by the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 campaign.

The decision to honor Sather now likely came in part because this will be Edmonton's last season at Rexall Place and partially due to Sather conceding the New York Rangers' ganeral manager position. Sather, who is still the Rangers' president, is a former head coach and general manager with the Edmonton Oilers, leading them to five Stanley Cup championships during their glory days in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 09:57:00 AM

Ian Herbers has been hired by the Edmonton Oilers to serve as an assistant coach.

Herbers had been running the University of Alberta's hockey program. He'll serve under head coach Todd McLellan, who he actually has worked with before. McLellan was the bench boss of the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks back in 2000 when Herbers was acting as both a player and assistant coach. Herbers will also be working with fellow assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft as well as goaltending coach Dustin Schwartz.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 10:01:00 AM

Todd McLellan thinks that the Oilers can feed off of the increased excitement about the team.

"We (the Oilers) have to keep it real, but I hope the people in Edmonton and in the hockey world keep that excitement level up because it forces us to execute and keeps us on our toes," McLellan said. "That's a really good thing." Expectations have increased dramatically for the Oilers thanks to what many have seen as a very positive summer for them. They've reworked their front office and coaching staff and, of course, drafted projected superstar Connor McDavid. When you add in the free agent signing of Andrej Sekera and trade acquisitions Cam Talbot and Griffin Reinhart, it becomes hard not to at least be interested in what the Oilers might do in 2015-16.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 09:31:00 AM

The San Jose Sharks will receive a 2015 third round pick from the Edmonton Oilers as compensation for hiring Todd McLellan.

The Sharks fired McLellan after the season, but the Oilers are forced to give compensation because McLellan was still under contract with the team.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 12:12:00 AM

In case you needed confirmation, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli firmly stated that he won't trade the first overall selection.

Given Connor McDavid's potential, that's no surprise. While nothing is set in stone, McDavid could prove to be the best player drafted since Sidney Crosby. Edmonton also controls the 16th overall pick though and the Oilers are open to moving that one. Chiarelli made it clear that it won't come cheap, but given that the 21st overall picks already changed hands Friday morning and the third selection is believed to be very much in play, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see Edmonton trade No. 16.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 11:23:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have added two long-time assistants to Todd McLellan's coaching staff.

Jay Woodcroft, who shared the bench with McLellan from 2005-08 in Detroit, was then his direct assistant in San Jose the past seven seasons. Jim Johnson will also join McLellan's bench in Edmonton after also serving as an assistant the past three seasons in San Jose.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 07:44:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers might be close to acquiring a goaltender.

"My guess is we'll probably be able to do something before the draft," Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said. "But I'm not completely sure. At the end of the day it takes two to tango so you have to have the right deal in place. But I'm not averse to going to the free agent market, either." The Rangers' Cam Talbot, Ottawa's Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, and Vancouver's Eddie Lack are among those that are believed to be on the trading block.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 09:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Connor McDavid
3Leon Draisaitl
4Anton Lander
5Mark Letestu
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Teddy Purcell
4Matt Hendricks
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Nail Yakupov
3Lauri Korpikoski
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
D1Darnell Nurse
2Andrej Sekera
3Oscar Klefbom
4Justin Schultz
5Eric Gryba
6Griffin Reinhart
7Brandon Davidson
8Adam Clendening
9Mark Fayne
10Andrew Ference
G1Cam Talbot
2Anders Nilsson