Player News - Oilers

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Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavish said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case."
Sep 1 - 3:40 PM

Justin Schultz acknowledged that he has plenty to prove after inking a one-year deal with Edmonton.

Schultz has a ton of offensive upside, but he also needs to work on the defensive side of the game. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels it would be wrong to say that he's currently weak defensively though. He argues that Schultz is doing a good job in one-on-one situations. "I thought I made better decisions last year in terms of jumping up and being better defensively," Schultz said. "I have to do it more consistently." He had 11 goals, 33 points, and a minus-22 rating in 74 games in 2013-14.
Sep 1 - 8:23 AM

With formerly restricted free agent Justin Schultz signed, the Edmonton Oilers aren't expected to make any more moves before the preseason.

Of course, that doesn't mean that the Oilers' roster is finalized. There will be battles for spots during training camp and Edmonton's centers will be at the heart of that. There's an opening for Leon Draisaitl after he was taken with the third pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but the Oilers aren't making any promises and have other options if he doesn't impress during training camp.
Sep 1 - 8:14 AM

David Perron meshed superbly with his new teammates in Edmonton last season and will look to build off of his 57 point and 90 penalty minute campaign.

The 26 year-old power forward has been fairly consistent throughout his seven year NHL career, and is a good bet to reward fantasy owners with points and penalty minutes once again. His plus/minus was a concern on an under-performing Oilers squad last year, but the team hopes new goaltenders, defensive acquisitions and rookies can help stop the bleeding on defense. Perron will have new linemates, as his center from last year Sam Ganger was traded, but that shouldn't keep the Sherbrooke, Que. native from contributing.
Aug 30 - 3:14 PM

Justin Schultz received high praise from his General Manager Craig MacTavish after signing his one year contract extension with the Oilers on Friday.

"I think that Justin has Norris Trophy potential, and I don't think there are too many people that would disagree with me in that regard," MacTavish said. With 60 points in 122 NHL games, Schultz has definitely showed flashes of the dominance that he displayed in the NCAA and AHL before coming into the NHL. If MacTavish is right and Schultz puts up a Norris-caliber season, he'll be doing it at $5.325 million less per year than 2012 winner P.K. Subban. Nonetheless, the 24 year-old has a high-ceiling and will be a much sought-after fantasy defenseman.
Aug 30 - 11:22 AM

Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal.
Aug 29 - 12:14 PM

Keith Aulie may be Edmonton's seventh defenseman this season.

He became the frontrunner for the job after the Oilers allowed Taylor Fedun to test the open market. Aulie suited up in just 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year. He signed a one-year deal with the Oilers in the summer.
Aug 27 - 4:15 PM

Justin Schultz remains an unsigned restricted free agent with training camp a little less than a month away.

"Stalemate is too strong a word ... both parties are listening. We're very optimistic something will get done (before camp starts Sept. 18)," said Oilers senior vice-president of hockey operations Scott Howson. The two sides may agree to a one-year deal if the numbers don't add up on a two-year bridge contract. Edmonton views him as a 40-point defenseman and he recorded a total of 33 a year ago.
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

The Oilers want Benoit Pouliot to play physical and produce secondary offense.

"It's the work ethic really for me," GM Craig MacTavish said. "He's an excellent skater who closes gaps and is able to get quickly to forechecks, and it's something that was sorely lacking in our game throughout our lineup. We think that Benoit is going to provide that, and he's got some ability to finish as well." He contributed 15 goals and a personal high 36 points in 80 contests last year with the Rangers. Pouliot also added five goals and five assists in 25 playoff games.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 25 - 4:33 PM

The Edmonton Oilers used six goaltenders last season, but GM Craig Mactavish team believes their situation is a lot steadier with Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens battling for starts come the fall.

Fasth has gone 20-11-8 with a .915 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average so far in his NHL career. At 32 years old, the Swede has less NHL experience than Scrivens who is only 27 years old. But neither have a considerable advantage over the other, as Scrivens has gone just 27-30-12 with a .917 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average. Both Fasth and Scrivens will be given plenty of opportunity to play this coming season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 24 - 9:52 PM

Mark Arcobello might end up as a second-line center option for the Oilers this season.

He's expected to compete with Leon Draisaitl and Anton Lander for the spot. Jordan Eberle thinks Arcobello could be a good fit there. "I've played with Arco when he was in the AHL and when he was up here last year," said Eberle. "I think he's showed that he can play here when he was up here. He performed very well. With contract issues and guys stepping in, he kind of got pushed out of the way. Now that there is a spot open, I know for him he’s probably training hard and looking to take over that. It should be interesting." Arcobello got off to a good start last season with 10 assists in his first 10 outings, but he finished the year with 18 points in 41 contests.
Aug 20 - 5:05 PM

Nail Yakupov will look to put last year's troubles behind him and find a way to help the Oilers this season after a sophomore slump of major proportions.

A promising rookie season in 2012 brought on high hopes for the teenage Russian star, but Yakupov failed to find the net often last year and was a major liability on defense. To go with his meagre 24 points and -33 rating, a cold war raged throughout the year with his coach Dallas Eakins. Trade rumors, negative comments in the media and visits from Yakupov’s agent to Edmonton created an off-ice circus to go along with Yakupov's on-ice troubles. But considering the elite, breathtaking skill level of the 5'11, 184 pound forward, a bounce back season is more likely than not.
Aug 17 - 4:34 PM

TSN 1260's Dean Millard suggested that Leon Draisaitl could play in Europe next season if he doesn't make the Oilers.

"If for some reason Leon Draisaitl isn't good enough to play on the Oilers, I have been told by a couple of sources that he's not going back to Prince Albert," Millard said. "That if for some reason he doesn't make the Oilers he'll be going to Europe." Draisaitl talked about returning to the WHL in a recent press release from the Raiders, but the decision will likely come down to a joint one between Edmonton and Draisaitl when the time comes. If the Oilers can acquire a veteran center then they could wait on Draisaitl, but their current lack of depth down the middle makes it close to a certainty that he'll start in the NHL.
Aug 15 - 5:03 PM

Jordan Eberle is glad to be starting training camp with coach Dallas Eakins in charge.

"More than anything this year, it's going to be nice to have some familiarity with the head coach," he said. "This is my fifth year coming up and I've had three head coaches. We finally have a guy where we can pick up where we left off. I'm definitely looking forward to that." The Oilers did bring in Craig Ramsay and Rocky Thompson to serve on Eakins' staff during the off-season. Eberle thinks having the same head coach will help the team get off to a more comfortable and better start, largely because they know what to expect and they understand the system.
Aug 13 - 12:13 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Leon Draisaitl to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He tallied 38 goals and 105 points in 64 games with the Prince Albert Raiders to tie for fourth in the WHL scoring race last season. He spent the summer training in Edmonton and he'll participate in the Oilers' Young Guns prospect tournament in Penticton, B.C., from Sept. 12-15. After that, he'll try to make an impression at training camp and land an NHL roster spot after being taken third overall in the 2014 draft. He has a chance at landing a center position on the second or third line.
Aug 12 - 1:54 PM


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