Player News - Oilers

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Anton Belov has left the Edmonton Oilers to join the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg

Belov made the move from the KHL to Edmonton for the 2013-14 campaign and had seven points and 34 penalty minutes in 57 games. He also represented Russia in the 2014 Winter Games and scored a goal in five contests.
Apr 16 - 1:55 PM

The Edmonton Oilers aren't likely to trade the third overall pick.

Edmonton is comfortable with the third selection as Oilers GM Craig MacTavish noted that the order of this year's top five is pretty open for debate. Edmonton would probably like to draft defenseman Aaron Ekblad if he ends up sliding to them, but that's far from guaranteed.
Apr 16 - 9:39 AM

It looks like Dallas Eakins will stick around as the Edmonton Oilers head coach despite a rough first season.

The Oilers ended up in the Western Conference basement in a season where the expectation was that they would finally compete for a playoff spot. All the same, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish stood behind his bench boss. "I'm convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times ... he's relentless," MacTavish said.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 15 - 5:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have a 14.4% chance of picking first in the NHL draft for the fourth time in five years.

It's a testament to the Oilers sustain futility. Edmonton had three straight first overall picks from 2010-12 and selected Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov. In 2013 they had the seventh overall pick and took Darnell Nurse. This time around they will at least be back in the top-five.
Apr 15 - 10:13 AM

Taylor Hall is excited about the future of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers have yet to make the playoffs during the four year career of Hall but there is optimism according to the young star. "I know I've stood here and said next year has to be the year and there were times this year when we struggled and I lay away at night wondering, ‘When is this going to stop?’ but there are signs I haven't seen in years past." Hall said. "I think it’s pretty obvious (coach) Dallas (Eakins) will be back and that continuity for me is great and will be for a lot of guys in terms of just knowing what to expect. There's not that awkward handshake when you come into camp. You know what expect, what he's going to teach, and most of all, you know what he's like. That's important for all of us."
Apr 14 - 7:37 AM

Ryan Smyth was unable to score on the power play and will end his career tied for first with Glenn Anderson on the Oilers all-time list.

Smyth had 126 power play goals with the Oilers which tied Anderson and was one ahead of Wayne Gretzky. Coach Dallas Eakins gave him every opportunity to break the record as Smyth saw a whopping 7:10 minutes of ice time with the man-advantage but it was not to be. It was quite a career for 'Captain Canada' who retires at the age of 38.
Apr 13 - 6:59 AM

Roman Horak was called up from the minors on Saturday.

It was a nice return to the NHL for Horak as he opened the scoring with his first goal of the season. Horak, who was dealt to Edmonton from Calgary in a rare trade between the teams earlier in the season, had 19 goals and 45 points in 50 games with Oklahoma City of the AHL after the trade. He will attempt to crack the Oilers squad in 2014-15 if he returns to Edmonton as a restricted free agent.
Apr 13 - 2:42 AM

Ben Scrivens was outstanding Saturday night, helping the Edmonton Oilers end their regular season with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

Scrivens stopped 40 Vancouver shots. He finishes the season with a record of 16-16-4, a GAA of 2.55 and a save percentage of .922. He started the season with the Los Angeles Kings and was dealt to Edmonton before the March trade deadline. The Oilers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention some time ago but looked strong in dominating the Canucks Saturday night.
Apr 13 - 1:24 AM

Ryan Smyth's farewell to the NHL was upstaged by the Edmonton Oilers' new guys Saturday night.

First-year Oilers Roman Horak, Will Acton and Steve Pinizzotto combined for five points in a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, bringing Edmonton's eighth consecutive non-playoff season to an end on a winning note. Horak scored his first goal with the Oilers, Acton has his first two-point game in the NHL with a goal an assist, and Pinizzotto earned his first two NHL assists. Jeff Petry, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers. Taylor Hall had three assists to finish the season with 80 points. Smyth, named captain for the night, didn't get onto the scoresheet in his 1,270th and final regular-season game, but took seven shots, only one on net. The Alberta native received a standing ovation late in the game and received another one after the final horn as he skated around Rexall Place before standing by the glass with his family and waving. Smyth is retiring after 19 NHL seasons, 15 of them spent with the Oilers, who paid tribute to him throughout the night.
Apr 13 - 1:17 AM

Ryan Smyth has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season.

Smyth will play in his final game on Saturday. He has 386 goals and 842 points in 1,269 career games. The Edmonton Oilers selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and although Smyth also played for the Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles along the way, he will retire as a member of the Oilers.
Apr 11 - 4:11 PM

Justin Schultz was on the ice for all three of the Los Angeles Kings' goals on Thursday.

Schultz's plus/minus rating has fallen to minus-21. That negates some of his offensive value, but it's something that should improve in the years to come, in part because the Oilers are likely to eventually start getting moving further away from the NHL's basement.
Apr 11 - 6:52 AM

It's believed that Ryan Smyth will announce his retirement on Friday.

The 38-year-old forward has played in 1,269 career games, including 970 with the Oilers. He has 386 goals and 842 points with the Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Apr 11 - 6:48 AM

Viktor Fasth stopped 45 of 48 shots in Edmonton's 3-0 loss to Los Angeles Thursday evening.

Fasth played a good game, but the Oilers failed to score. Fasth now has a 3-3-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .914 save percentage with the Oilers.
Apr 11 - 4:28 AM

Anton Lander will serve as the Oilers' third-line center on Thursday.

Lander has an assist in 25 games this season. He will slide into that role because Boyd Gordon (shoulder) is done for the season.
Apr 10 - 9:50 AM

Ben Scrivens won't get a chance to play against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

That's assuming that Viktor Fasth doesn't need to be pulled from his start due to his performance or an injury. Scrivens will start in the Oilers' season finale instead as the team finishes the season with a goalie rotation. "I talked to Ben about it," said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. "He's played against his former team and he was totally OK with just keeping the rotation going, keep both guys fresh."
Apr 10 - 9:49 AM


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