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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (50) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185

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The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly hired Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney to serve as assistant coaches.
If that's the case, then Todd McLellan will have plenty of experience on his coaching staff. Gulutzan spent the past two seasons as the Calgary Flames' bench boss and previously was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for two campaigns. Yawney also has some experience as an NHL head coach as he was in charge of the Chicago Blackhawks for about a year and a half during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns. Yawney has served as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons. May 24 - 1:18 PM

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There's a significant chance that Edmonton will trade the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

They'd get a good prospect with that pick, but one that isn't likely to play in the NHL for at least a couple years. With Connor McDavid already playing at an elite level, they want to give him more support right away, especially after missing the playoffs last season. Trading their 10th overall pick is one way to do that, though of course it will all come down to what the return is. At any rate, don't be surprised if that pick does get moved.
May 9 - 7:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers won't employ assistant coaches Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson next season.

Bench boss Todd McLellan will keep his job though. The Oilers are coming off a disappointing campaign where they fell well short of the playoffs. That's put heat on McLellan, but it seems that the Oilers will first try to make smaller changes to the coaching staff to see what that does. If the Oilers struggle again in 2018-19 then McLellan could be relieved at that point, though one would think that it would also raise further questions about GM Peter Chiarelli's job security. For the record though, Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson has stated that the team is moving forward with Chiarelli going into the 2018 offseason.
Apr 27 - 3:30 PM

Oilers assistant coach Ian Herbers might end up back with the University of Alberta.

Herbers joined the Oilers in 2015, but rather than outright leave the University of Alberta, he received a three-year sabbatical that ran alongside his NHL contract. Both are set to expire on June 30th. It's possible that the Oilers will want him back, but they might also be looking to tweak the coaching staff after they failed to make the playoffs, even if Todd McLellan seems set to remain as the bench boss.
Apr 24 - 5:04 AM

Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson has confirmed that Edmonton will carry forward with GM Peter Chiarelli.

The Oilers' failure to make the playoffs this season was a big disappointment, but Chiarelli has also taken heat over some of the trades and signings he's made since he took over in Edmonton. He traded away Taylor Hall, who is now a Hart Trophy candidate, the draft pick that turned into Mathew Barzal, who will likely win the Calder Trophy, and Jordan Eberle, who had 25 goals and 59 points this season. Chiarelli also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract in 2016 and Lucic had 34 points in 82 games this season.
Apr 12 - 2:51 PM

Head coach Todd McLellan blamed himself for the Oilers' failed season.

"The performance of the team is on my head," McLellan said. It sounds like he will be staying on as the bench boss though, so he'll get an opportunity to turn the Oilers around. There was a lot of optimism about Edmonton after they got to the second round in 2017, but they posted a 36-40-6 record in 2017-18. Rather than look towards the coach, there's a lot of people that are going to blame GM Peter Chiarelli for this. Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have both looked good after being traded by him while a draft pick he dealt turned into probable Calder Trophy-winner Mathew Barzal. He also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract and Lucic's second campaign of that deal looked pretty bad.
Apr 10 - 8:49 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have scored in only three of the last 20 games with the man-advantage.

The Oilers had the fifth best power play in the NHL last season but this year they are the worst as they have found the back of the net only 26 times. They also have the fewest chances with only 178 and that has not been helped by the 40 opportunities in the last 20 contests. No wonder they are nowhere near a playoff spot this season.
Mar 20 - 8:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers play 13 games over the next 23 days.

That's a busy schedule and it will make up for the fact the Oilers played only four times in the last 22 days. They are busy again in March with 16 games in the month, giving them 29 games over the next 54 days. Slide your Oilers into your lineup for a long stretch of time at this point of the season.
Feb 5 - 7:28 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will open their 2018-19 season in Stockholm, Sweden against the New Jersey Devils.

The NHL is going back to Europe to play some games and the fans in Sweden will get to see Connor McDavid and the Oilers take on the Devils. "We’ll be there for seven or eight days" Oilers CEL Bob Nicholson said. "We’ll be down to our team and have time to get over the jet lag, lots of practice time and lots of time to be together to really come together and have a great experience. We’re only doing one regular season game in Europe instead of two because what we’re doing after that is coming back and playing our next few regular season games on the Eastern seaboard. So it’ll take one of those trips out of our schedule. Hopefully, that will pay off later in the season."
Jan 28 - 6:50 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are by far the worst home team at killing penalties this season.

The Oilers are fifth best on the road with an 85.1 percent success rate but are only 57.4 percent at home as they have given up 23 goals on only 54 attempts while the Flyers are next at 72.7 percent, giving up 15 goals in one extra attempt. Those are horrible numbers and to give you some context, if they went the next 46 attempts without giving up a goal, they would move up to only 26th if everything else was equal.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 07:53:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are 9-4 in the last month.

This is after a horrible start to the season in which Edmonton was 8-13-2 and though to be out of a chance for a playoff spot. But they are 17-17-2 heading into the Christmas break and ready to make a playoff push the second half of the season. "I think we’ve been playing some really good hockey lately," Leon Draisaitl said. "We’re back to playing the way we were playing last year. We have all four lines going right now. It’s nice to take that into the break."
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 06:00:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have won only five times at home this season.

The Oilers are not close to a playoff spot due to their spotty home record and need to turn it around and quickly. They have been shutout at home twice in their last seven games and that sort of effort will not do. They are 5-10 at home and still eight points out of a playoff spot. Edmonton will try to turn it around when they take on San Jose at home on Monday.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 07:23:00 AM

After earning a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday, the Oilers now need to begin their first winning streak of the 2017-18 campaign.

Edmonton struggled out of the gate with a 2-5-1 record. The Oilers have leveled off somewhat by going 3-4-0 over their last seven games, but they need to start actually making up lost ground. "For us to crawl back into this (playoff picture) we can’t be win one, lose one. We can’t play .500. We have to string games together at some point, and the sooner the better," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. "We talked to the players about that (Wednesday). We’ve done a lot of repairing and repair means there’s something wrong with your game. We tried to accentuate the positives after the Islanders game, blocking shots like Drake Caggiula and Luch (Milan Lucic). An early save by Cam (Talbot) on (Josh) Bailey 25 seconds in, the penalty kill (three), getting goals on a breakaway (Leon Draisaitl) and the two-on-one with Leon and Connor. We haven’t had many of those." The Oilers are set to play the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. They beat New Jersey 6-3 on Friday.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:22:00 AM

Oilers coach Todd McLellan is trying to put Edmonton's cold start in perspective by noting that they went through a similar stretch last season.

"Last year, we started 7-1 and then we went 2-7-1 in our next 10 games," said McLellan. "We’re having that 2-7-1 segment (out of the gate)." Be that as it may, a team is in a significant hole when the hope is to go on a 7-1 run. The Oilers aren't in dire trouble yet as there's a lot of time left for them to dig themselves out of this hole, but if their November goes as poorly as October did, then it will be easy to be pessimistic about Edmonton.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:10:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have surrendered the first goal in each of their last six games.

That's one of the reasons for the Oilers' struggles so far this season. Scoring first can make a big difference in the NHL and it certainly hasn't helped Edmonton that the opposition has consistently had that advantage. We'll see if things go differently for the Oilers on Thursday against Dallas.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 09:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
LW1Milan Lucic
2Mike Cammalleri
3Jujhar Khaira
4Anton Slepyshev
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Jesse Puljujarvi
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Pontus Aberg
7Ty Rattie
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Andrej Sekera
7Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Mikko Koskinen
3Al Montoya