Player News - Oilers

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Brad Hunt had an assist in a 2-1 overtime loss to Arizona on Tuesday.

Hunt has a goal and two points in seven games this season. The 26-year-old defenseman is worth keeping an eye on as he has recorded 22 points in 17 AHL games in 2014-15.
Dec 17 - 8:39 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the only Oiler that could find the net in a 2-1 overtime loss to Arizona on Tuesday night.

Nugent-Hopkins snapped a beauty home short side on Devan Dubnyk for his eighth goal of the season and 20th point in 30 games. He now has points in three of his last four games and is on pace to pass his 56 points he totaled last year. The Oilers failed to capitalize on a 42 save performance from goalie Ben Scrivens in their first game post Dallas Eakins. Justin Schultz picked up an assist on the lone goal.
Dec 17 - 1:29 AM

Ben Scrivens made a season high 42 saves but it wasn't enough as the Oilers fell 2-1 to Arizona on Tuesday night.

Scrivens couldn't handle a laser beam shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 0.3 seconds to go in overtime as Edmonton a heartbreaker. The Oilers' netminder really kept his team in the game during a second period where the Coyotes fired 27 shots his way. It has been a tough year all-around for the Oilers but Scrivens was certainly not to blame on this night. If you are starting an Oiler goalie you really must be desperate in any format.
Dec 17 - 1:17 AM

Ben Scrivens will get the start against the Coyotes on Tuesday.

For what it's worth, the Oilers own the last spot in the standings over the Hurricanes with one fewer win. The next-worst team after them are the Avalanche with 24 points in the standings.
Dec 16 - 8:41 PM

The Edmonton Oilers players are putting the blame on themselves for coach Dallas Eakins' dismissal.

The Oilers are 7-19-5 this season. "We haven't given the fans what they deserve or given Dallas what he deserved," said Jordan Eberle. "We have to take accountability for that and we will. You get to know a guy on a personal level and you feel like you let him down. If that doesn't motivate you to play well you don't deserve to be here." Eberle is among the Oilers players that have underperformed this season with six goals and 18 points in 30 games.
Dec 16 - 10:38 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are considering trading Taylor Hall, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

Hall is by far the Oilers' best player, but reportedly the knock on him is that he hasn't been willing to adapt. If the rumor is true then the Oilers will have no shortage of suitors for Hall's services. He comes with a very reasonable $6 million annual cap hit through the 2019-20 campaign.
Dec 15 - 5:26 PM

Todd Nelson will eventually serve as the Edmonton Oilers interim head coach.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish fired Dallas Eakins and intends to take over as the team's head coach for a short period of time. MacTavish will then hand the reigns over to Nelson, although Nelson will also come with the interim title. Nelson has never been an NHL head coach, but he has spent the last four-plus seasons as the Oklahoma City Barons' bench boss.
Dec 15 - 2:11 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that Dallas Eakins has been fired.

As previously reported, GM Craig MacTavish is expected to serve as the team's interim head coach. Eakins was the latest in a long line of failed Oilers coaches. He certainly deserves some of the blame for his inability to navigate Edmonton out of the NHL basement, but he's far from the team's only problem. A new head coach might not be enough to resurrect the Oilers and in fact the revolving door of bench bosses might be doing some harm to the team's young players, but at the same time, Edmonton needs to do what it can to at least combat complacency.
Dec 15 - 12:39 PM

GM Craig MacTavish will take over as the Edmonton Oilers' interim head coach.

MacTavish fired Dallas Eakins after the former bench boss posted a 36-63-14 record over parts of two seasons. MacTavish served as the Oilers' coach from 2000-09. During his tenure, the Oilers went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, but they also missed the playoffs five times during his eight season tenure. Of course, interim is the key word here as given MacTavish's responsibilities as the team's general manager, he probably just intends to keep the post warm until he can find a satisfactory replacement.
Dec 15 - 12:22 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly fired Dallas Eakins.

The source is Darren Dreger and he's usually spot on, so while you should always take these types of reports with a grain of salt, it wouldn't be surprising in the least if we got confirmation soon. The Oilers have been horrible during Eakins' tenure, but they've been so bad for so long and have gone through so many head coaches along the way that it's hard to put the blame on Eakins.
Dec 15 - 11:58 AM

The Edmonton Oilers recorded just 16 shots on goal in their 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

If it was any other team, a weak night like that would be something to be concerned about. Edmonton is so far gone though that it's not worth it for Oilers fans or anyone else to spend energy being concerned about this team. They might not finish with the worst record in the league this season, but the playoffs are clearly beyond them for a ninth straight season.
Dec 15 - 10:42 AM

Ben Scrivens stopped 20 of 21 shots in Edmonton's 2-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

New York's second goal was scored into an empty net. Scrivens was slightly busier than Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who only faced 16 shots. Scrivens is 1-8-3 in his last 12 decisions. He has an ugly 5-11-3 record with a 3.10 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage overall this season.
Dec 15 - 12:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers were shutout 2-0 by the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

The Oilers have now lost four games in a row, and 15 of their last 16 contests. Edmonton managed to get only 16 shots on Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Taylor Hall led all Oilers' shooters with three shots on goal. It's clear that things will get a whole lot worse before they get better in Edmonton. It appears inevitable that changes will be made within the organization.
Dec 15 - 12:08 AM

Oscar Klefbom didn't play in Sunday's game against the New York Rangers because of a swollen foot.

The 21-year-old has one assist and a minus-5 rating in 10 games for the Oilers this season. He is considered day-to-day right now.
Dec 14 - 11:45 PM

Recent call up Brad Hunt will was a healthy scratch against the Rangers on Sunday night.

Hunt is enticing as he has 22 points in 17 games with AHL Oklahoma City from the blue line this season, although he is 26 years old and has just one point in nine career NHL games.
Dec 14 - 11:43 PM

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