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The NHL tossed out the entry level contract signed by Vladimir Tkachev and the Edmonton Oilers.

"We felt he was eligible because he had played games last season in North America, but in talking to the NHL, the wording is clear that he had to have played a full season," said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish. The 19 year-old undrafted Russian forward turned some heads in the prospects camp and was offered an invite to the Oilers training camp. It’s clear the Oiler brass was pretty disappointed they couldn’t claim his rights here with a contract. Tkachev will be thrown back into the talent pool for next year’s NHL entry draft and will be a name to look for next year.
Oct 1 - 1:05 AM

Tyler Pitlick got an opportunity to play alongside Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Monday's preseason game.

Pitlick didn't get an assist on either of Hall's goals. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins called the assignment a reward for Pitlick's strong play on Sunday.
Sep 30 - 8:02 AM

Taylor Hall scored two goals to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Mark Fayne, a veteran defenseman whom the Oilers picked up as a free agent in the off-season, opened the scoring for Edmonton on a snap shot in the first period. Mathieu Perreault had Winnipeg's goal. Goalie Viktor Fasth, another key off-season acquisition for the Oilers, stopped 27 of the 28 Winnipeg shots he faced. For the Jets, goalie Michael Hutchinson saved 11 of 14 while Daniel Taylor stopped all three of the Edmonton shots he faced.
Sep 29 - 11:45 PM

Curtis Hamilton has been sent to the minors.

Hamilton had eight goals and 16 points in 43 AHL games in 2013-14. At least he got to participate in this year's training camp after missing the 2013 preseason due to a knee injury.
Sep 29 - 3:00 PM

Although the Edmonton Oilers suffered a 5-0 loss to Chicago on Sunday, Nail Yakupov looked good.

"He was so responsible, really responsible without the puck, made some really good plays with it and had some chances," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said of Yakupov. "He wasn't rewarded, but I really liked his game." It's just the preseason, but it's still encouraging to hear Eakins praise Yakupov after the rough 2013-14 campaign he endured. Yakupov has a ton of offensive upside and he's not a bad late round gamble.
Sep 29 - 10:21 AM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) has been skating with the Oilers, but he's not fully healed yet.

Although Gazdic isn't ready to play in a game, he can fully participate in practices at this point. His goal is to be ready for the season opener after having surgery in April.
Sep 29 - 10:18 AM

Richard Bachman allowed five goals on 22 shots in Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bachman played the entire game tonight but appears destined to start the season in the American Hockey League. The Oilers plan to start the season with Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth as their goaltenders. Bachman played most of last season for Oklahoma City in the AHL last season. He was winless in three games with Edmonton.
Sep 28 - 9:13 PM

Andrew Ference who hurt his right arm in Sunday's loss to Chicago, appears to have avoided serious injury.

Ference left the game after blocking a shot with his right arm. According to the Edmonton Oilers' play-by-play voice Jack Michaels, Ference should be fine going forward.
Sep 28 - 9:07 PM

Edmonton Oilers’ defenseman Andrew Ference left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a right arm injury.

Ference, 35, is the Oilers’ captain and he’s also an important piece of the defense. Although he doesn’t bring much offensively, Ference is physical and a key veteran on a young Oilers team.
Sep 28 - 7:59 PM

Nail Yakupov will play alongside Leon Draisaitl and David Perron on Sunday.

The Oilers are in Saskatoon to take on the Chicago Blackhawks and Yakupov will certainly be on a potentially offensive line as Perron is a scorer while Draisaitl has a boatload of offensive talent after being drafted third overall in 2014. Yakupov also has tremendous upside offensively and after a horrible 2013-14 season, where scored only 11 goals and 24 points with a disastrous minus-33 rating, he will look to turn it around 180 degrees this season.
Sep 28 - 7:26 AM

Curtis Hamilton has been seeing some action on the top line with Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during training camp.

Hamilton was a second round selection, 48th overall in 2010 but training camp has been his bane as he was unable to show a lot during the 2013 lockout with its shortened camp and he missed all of last year's camp as he was recovering from off-season knee surgery. "Just getting the opportunity to play is huge," said Hamilton, who is fighting Jesse Joensuu, Kevin Westgarth and Ilro Parkarinen for the one remaining spot on the wing. "I understand there’s basically one spot open, and we’re all gunning for it. Ultimately, they may only keep one or two guys, so you really just have to make a good impression every day. As the year went on last year, I think it was the most comfortable I've been playing pro hockey. Later on, I got injured again, but I came back in time to play some playoff games, so coming into this camp, I’m more comfortable with the speed and pace and strength."
Sep 27 - 8:14 AM

Anton Lander is in what's turning into a fierce fight for center spots in Edmonton.

Lander had 18 goals and 52 points in 48 AHL games last season, but he hasn't been nearly as effective offensively at the NHL level and isn't likely to win the second-line center opening. However, Lander might be able to make the team as Edmonton's third-line center. That's a job Oilers GM Craig MacTavish thought might end up being Lander's before training camp started, but Bogdan Yakimov has forced himself into the conversation.
Sep 26 - 10:33 AM

Mark Arcobello is very much still in the running to become Edmonton's second-line center.

That being said, Arcobello is far from the only contender. Top prospect Leon Draisaitl is having a strong camp and might claim that role over Arcobello. At the age of 26, Arcobello is running out of chances to prove that he can be a regular in the NHL. He had four goals and 18 points in 48 games with Edmonton last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better if he gets top-six minutes.
Sep 26 - 10:27 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have sent goaltender Ty Rimmer to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year old spent most of last season with the Quad City Mallers of the Central Hockey League. He will serve as organizational depth in goal.
Sep 25 - 5:06 PM

Vladimir Tkachev had two assists in Edmonton's 3-2 preseason game against Winnipeg.

Tkachev is trying to show Edmonton that he's worthy of a contract despite his five-foot-nine, 141-pound frame. He also made a good impression in the Oilers' rookie camp, which led to his current invite to their main camp.
Sep 25 - 8:01 AM

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