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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 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. Oct 2 - 11:06 AM

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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."
Sep 6 - 12:48 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.
Jul 21 - 9:57 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.
Jul 15 - 10:01 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.
Jul 3 - 9:31 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.
Jun 27 - 12:12 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.
Jun 26 - 11:23 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.
Jun 25 - 7:44 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.
Jun 23 - 9:59 AM

The Edmonton Oilers fired four scouts on Saturday night.

One of the scouts being let go is director of amateur scouting Stu MacGregor, who has held that role since 2007. It has also been reported that head pro scout Morey Gare is also gone. The Oilers have also cut ties with two amateur scouts who haven't been named yet.
Jun 21 - 11:42 AM

Todd McLellan spoke about his experience coaching Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall at the World Hockey Championships.

Of course McLellan has since been named the head coach of the Oilers. Edmonton's new bench boss said both players bought into the team concept with Canada. "I knew they had an exceptional skill-set, that they don’t need many chances to score goals. In a short-term environment, with not a lot of adversity, were they willing to accept playing the way that’s required to win? Were they prepared to do things the team needed them to do, understand the whole is more important than the individual? And that went for everybody. We told them we could do unreal as a group, and above average as individuals. They chose the group. That’s why we won."
Jun 7 - 8:52 PM

The Edmonton Oilers relieved Associate Coach Keith Acton and Assistant Coach Craig Ramsay of their duties on Friday.

The pair were hired to fill out former Head Coach Dallas Eakins' staff, but were held on to following his firing in December. Acton has been part of the NHL as a player or coach nearly every season since debuting with Montreal in the 1979-80 season. While Ramsay can say the same, entering the league as a player with Buffalo in 1971-72 and beginning his coaching career 1986-87. That's a lot of NHL hockey.
Jun 4 - 9:30 PM

The Edmonton Oilers might part ways with one or more of their draft picks to boost their NHL roster.

Obviously Edmonton isn't going to trade the first overall pick, but Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is open to dealing the 16th, 33rd, and/or 57th overall selections. "I certainly would look at moving any of those picks for… something that would help us right now, but also that could grow with our organization, so relatively speaking a younger player," Chiarelli said. "It's good to have a lot of picks and develop players, but we also want to hit the ground running with some more game-ready players. Discussions are picking up, they'll continue to be ongoing until the draft, they might subside a little bit, and then pick up again around the free agency date." Edmonton also has a lot of cap space, so they could potentially work with a team pushing against or over the ceiling.
Jun 3 - 10:52 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will surrender a draft pick to the Boston Bruins for hiring Peter Chiarelli.

The NHL rules suggest that it's supposed to be a second round pick for an executive moved during the season, which this is even if Edmonton and Boston have long since finished their campaigns. Edmonton can surrender the pick at any point over the next three years though, so the Oilers don't have to give Boston anything in the short-term.
May 20 - 6:37 PM

Todd McLellan got advice from Sidney Crosby on what life might be like for Connor McDavid during his rookie season.

Edmonton already has several players that understand the burden of being a first overall pick, but none were entering the NHL with the same level of hype as McDavid. He's not just expected to be great, McDavid is expected to be a once in a generation player. There's few that can understand what that's like, but Crosby's one of them. McLellan got a chance to pick Crosby's brain while the two were part of Team Canada for the 2015 World Championships.
May 20 - 10:59 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Connor McDavid
3Leon Draisaitl
4Anton Lander
5Mark Letestu
LW1Taylor Hall
2Benoit Pouliot
3Lauri Korpikoski
4Luke Gazdic
5Jujhar Khaira
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Nail Yakupov
3Teddy Purcell
4Matt Hendricks
5Rob Klinkhammer
6Iiro Pakarinen
D1Andrej Sekera
2Justin Schultz
3Oscar Klefbom
4Brandon Davidson
5Andrew Ference
6Griffin Reinhart
7Eric Gryba
8Darnell Nurse
9Mark Fayne
G1Anders Nilsson
2Cam Talbot