Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers will have to make a decision in the not too distant future regarding Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl has already burned through six of his possible nine games in his trial. If he plays in a 10th contest than this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract. "It is nerve-racking a bit, but I'm trying not to think too much about it, where I'll wind up," said Draisaitl. "I don't think I've been terrible so far but I can be way better, and I'll have to be way better." He's averaging just 12:48 minutes of ice time per game and he'd certainly get a lot more if they returned him to the WHL.
Oct 22 - 10:09 AM

Dallas Eakins was very encouraged by the Oilers' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.

"I think for the group, it was more like everything we've put in place here will work, there's no need to change anything," said Eakins. "That was the one thing we were really hammering home as a staff: We're not changing anything. We know this is the way to go with this group. It's going to work." It's not surprising that Eakins would assume the role of cheerleader for his relatively young squad that's desperate for momentum. The Oilers are probably better than their 0-4-1 start indicated, but that's not saying much. This team doesn't look like a good bet to make the playoffs.
Oct 22 - 10:05 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal in the Oilers' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Monday night.

Nugent-Hopkins has a goal and two points in four games in 2014-15. We're looking for him to surpass his career-high of 56 points despite his slow start to the season.
Oct 21 - 9:01 AM

Justin Schultz scored his first goal of the season on Monday.

Schultz has two points and a minus-five rating in six games. He should get better as the season goes on, although we wouldn't expect too much more than 30 points from him.
Oct 21 - 8:59 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Monday.

Yakupov snapped a three-game pointless slump. The Oilers have gotten off to a slow start and Yakupov's no exception, but he's worth keeping an eye on because he could end up bouncing back from his rough 2013-14 campaign.
Oct 21 - 8:57 AM

Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens made 22 saves Monday night en route to the Oilers' 3-2 triumph over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was both Edmonton's first win of the season and Scrivens' first win of the season. Scrivens' record is 1-3 and his goals-against average is 3.66. His save percentage is .862. We don't suggest you snap up Scrivens just yet for your fantasy team but keep an eye on him because, if this team improves the way many hockey insiders think it will, Scrivens may indeed become worthy.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot, added an assist and recorded a plus-two rating in helping the Edmonton Oilers edge the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Monday night.

It was the Oilers' first victory of the season after the worst start in franchise history at 0-4-1. Hall's goal was his fourth of the season. The left winger was awarded his penalty shot at 14:57 of the second period. He assisted earlier in the second on a pretty backhanded goal by defenseman Justin Schultz, his first of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also notched his first of the season, the game winner at 16:35 of the third period. It was set up nicely after an interception in the Lightning's zone by Justin Eberle, who quickly turned around and passed the puck to Nugent-Hopkins. Eberle's assist was his third of the season.
Oct 21 - 12:11 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be back between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle in Monday's match versus Tampa Bay.

When he returned from injury on Friday against Vancouver, he skated on the second line. Nugent-Hopkins has one assist in three games this season.
Oct 20 - 6:44 PM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) has started participating in contact drills.

"I'm taking some pretty big contact now, I'm doing all those batting drills," Gazdic said. "I'm feeling good, feeling strong. I still think I'm a bit away, a couple of weeks, I think. It's going to be up to how the next couple of practices go and probably over the next week we'll re-evaluate." He underwent shoulder surgery in April. Gazdic had four points and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games in 2013-14.
Oct 20 - 8:18 AM

Mark Arcobello is the only player on the Edmonton Oilers with a positive plus/minus rating this season.

Arcobello is at plus-one heading into Monday's game against Tampa Bay. He also has two goals and an assist in five contests. It's been a solid start to the season for him, although that's been somewhat lost amid the Oilers' struggles.
Oct 20 - 8:16 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have yet to taste victory this season as they are 0-4-1.

The Oilers play the second game of a seven game homestand on Monday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. "The psyche is getting ready to win, determined to get some wins under our belt and get some points," captain Andrew Ference said. "When you have games every other day, it’s an opportunity for you to make something better happen. You’re somewhat in control. Obviously, there’s another team out there, but you’re somewhat in control of the momentum or whatever you want to call it of your team, based on how you’re playing. The losses are frustrating, but there’s positive numbers within the losses that you can also highlight and say that trending over a whole season, those will pan out into better results."
Oct 19 - 6:38 AM

Justin Schultz is a minus-five after five games this season.

The trend continues as Schultz had been a minus-39 in his previous 122 NHL games before the start of this season. He has only one assist this season and we cannot recommend him at this time.
Oct 18 - 10:10 AM

The Edmonton Oilers made Brad Hunt a healthy scratch on Friday.

The defenseman had a goal in three games before the benching. He along with Mark Fayne are the only defensemen with goals for the Oilers.
Oct 18 - 10:07 AM

Ben Scrivens turned away 28-29 shots Vancouver sent his way, Friday night.

This is the kind of goaltending Edmonton needs if they're going to turn the proverbial ship around. Now officially the worst start in franchise history at 0-4-1 and last in the NHL, at least the Oil can hang their hat on having this one quality sixth minute effort.
Oct 18 - 12:53 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return from his undisclosed injury on Friday night when the Oilers host Vancouver.

"I've been feeling really good the past few days," he said. "I'm excited to get back in the lineup here and hopefully get our first win of the season. It's definitely a game for us, another divisional game, and we start the homestand tonight so it's going to be a big one for us tonight." Nugent-Hopkins missed two games due to the ailment. He has one assist in two games outings.
Oct 17 - 5:36 PM

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