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Kris Versteeg should get plenty of work over the course of the preseason.

"We're going to play him a lot to see what he can do. We've admired his game so far," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. Versteeg agreed to join Edmonton's training camp on a tryout basis. He has the potential to be a pretty good bottom-six forward for the Oilers and it wouldn't surprise us if they end up signing him.
Sep 30 - 4:07 PM

Nail Yakupov is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Yakupov is listed as day-to-day, but he still might play in Sunday's preseason contest, so it seems reasonable to believe that he'll be fine before the start of the regular season. He'll looking to turn his career around after scoring eight goals and 23 points in 60 games last season.
Sep 30 - 3:58 PM

Patrick Maroon's leg injury isn't believed to be serious.

Maroon was hurting during Wednesday's preseason game. He should be regarded as day-to-day for now.
Sep 30 - 3:57 PM

Drake Caggiula might end up earning a roster spot with the Edmonton Oilers as a center.

Caggiula spent most of his time with the University of North Dakota serving as a left winger, but he grew up playing center and so far it looks like he might serve in that role with the Oilers. Having Caggiula play up the middle would give the Edmonton Oilers the ability to shift Leon Draisaitl from the third-line center spot to the second-line right wing, so if Caggiula can prove that he's NHL ready then it will have some positive ripple effects with Edmonton. Caggiula made a good impression on Wednesday when he scored twice in a preseason game.
Sep 30 - 10:46 AM

Nick Ellis has been reassigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

Ellis had a 1.80 GAA and .936 save percentage in 36 games with Providence College last season. He inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton back in April.
Sep 29 - 2:20 PM

Patrick Maroon suffered a possible leg injury during Wednesday's preseason game.

Maroon couldn't put any weight on the leg after absorbing a hit from James Sheppard in the third frame. He left the game and there wasn't an update from the Oilers Wednesday night.
Sep 29 - 10:39 AM

Drake Caggiula scored twice in Wednesday's 5-3 preseason loss to Vancouver.

Caggiula is making a strong impression as he tries to make the leap to the Edmonton Oilers straight from the University of North Dakota. "He’s come to make the team, he’s come to take somebody’s job," said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. "I’m getting more and more confident in playing him every night in any situation. He’s a very competitive guy, controls the pace of a shift, competes all over the rink, pays the price to get things done." Caggiula had 25 goals and 51 points in 39 NCAA games last season.
Sep 29 - 10:38 AM

The Edmonton Oilers’ Jonas Gustavsson gave up three of five goals in Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Gustavsson’s 24 games with the Boston Bruins last year showed a lot more promise. He won 11 and had a save percentage of 0.908. Wednesday night, he could save only 0.824 percent of the shots. The netminding duties were shared with Nick Ellis, who gave up one goal.
Sep 29 - 1:12 AM

As expected, Connor McDavid rejoined the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McDavid had three assists in three games with Team North America during the World Cup. Now that he's back with the Oilers, he skated alongside Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. It wouldn't be shocking to see that trio on the ice together in Edmonton's season opener as well.
Sep 28 - 5:03 AM

Scott Allen has been cut from the Edmonton Oilers' training camp roster.

Allen will instead report to AHL Bakersfield. He had 15 goals and 34 points in 42 ECHL games in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 5:00 AM

Joey Benik has been reassigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

Benik has been participating in the Edmonton Oilers' training camp. He's getting ready for his first full pro season after recording 23 goals and 48 points in 41 games with St. Cloud State in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 4:59 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was flanked by Benoit Pouliot and Jesse Puljujarvi at Tuesday's practice.

It was his first session in training camp after returning from the World Cup of Hockey as a member of Team North America. Nugent-Hopkins played well as a two-way pivot at the tournament, but Edmonton will be expecting much more offense from him in 2016-17. He posted 12 goals and 34 points in 55 games last year.
Source: Global News
Sep 27 - 6:17 PM

Milan Lucic skated on the same line as Connor McDavid on Tuesday at practice.

"You have to be ready no matter where you are on the ice because he (McDavid) is really good at getting guys the puck," said Lucic. "That's one thing that I've definitely got to get used to, just being ready for pucks at all times in scoring positions. When you get those chances you've got to make sure you score." Lucic has stated that the opportunity to play with McDavid was a major selling point for him going to the Oilers in free agency, so he should be motivated to make the most of it.
Source: Global News
Sep 27 - 6:11 PM

Tyler Pitlick scored the winning goal in a split squad game played in Edmonton Monday night. His successful third period shot elevated the Oilers over the Calgary Flames and the team never looked back en route to a 4–2 victory.

Pitlick was one of four Oilers to score Monday night. Teammates Iiro Pakarinen, Ryan Vesce, and Kris Versteeg also got on the board. The Flames had a first-period, 2-1 advantage on the strength of goals by Kenney Morrison and Freddie Hamilton. Despite giving up four goals in a losing effort, Flames’ Jon Gillies blocked 35 shots to give him a respectable 0.897 save percentage. The net-minding duties for the Oilers were split between Cam Talbot and Eetu Laurikainen. Talbot gave up the Oilers two goals in period one; the 23-year-old Finn Laurikainen was perfect for one period in his bid to make the team, but needed to block only two shots.
Sep 27 - 12:13 AM

Anton Slepyshev is back for his second training camp with the Oilers.

The Russian inked a three-year deal with Edmonton in the summer of 2015 and was highly regarded coming out of training camp last season. But reality set in during the regular season and he ended up with only one assist in 11 NHL games. But the talent is there and his grasp of the English language has improved dramatically in one year. "Last year I didn’t know what awaited me," said Slepyshev. "Now I know more about North America hockey. It was tough to adjust to the small rink last year. Now? I’m used to it. Last year in camp I had lots of time on the ice but once the games (NHL regular-season) started, not so much. The ice-time went down and it was difficult for me and my confidence wasn’t good. Same in the the AHL when I was first there, my first eight games. I don’t want to go back to Russia. I want to make this team." He could start the season in the minors but don't forget about him when he is recalled by the Oilers.
Sep 26 - 7:48 AM


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