Player News - Oilers

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Darnell Nurse is a restricted free agent this summer.

Nurse finished the final year of his entry-level contract in 2017-18. The 23-year-old defender has some upside, but he hasn't showed that he can be a top-pairing player yet. It's possible he could receive a long-term deal similar to the ones that Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom signed, but a bridge deal could also make sense if he wants to prove that he is worth more than that.
May 22 - 12:48 PM

Adam Larsson won gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championship over the weekend.

Larsson and Team Sweden defeated Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to claim the gold medal. He notched three points and a plus-13 rating in 10 games during the tournament. Larsson earned a spot on the media All-Star team for his efforts along with fellow Swedes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Rickard Rakell and Anders Nilsson.
May 21 - 11:39 AM

Ryan Mantha's hockey career could be over after suffering a blood clot in his eye.

The minor league defenseman was signed a year ago to an entry level contract and had a big final year as a junior with 17 goals and 58 points for Niagara of the OHL. He had three goals and 10 points for Bakersfield in his rookie campaign this season in only 41 games before the injury.
May 20 - 6:12 AM

Markus Niemelainen will likely not be signed by the Oilers and be eligible for the June draft.

The once highly regarded defenseman was thought to be a first rounder at one point before the 2016 Draft after having an outstanding Under-18 tournament for Finland before the draft but he has not progressed at all after being taken 63rd overall two years ago. He played with Saginaw of the OHL but returned to Finland for the 2017-18 campaign and was a bust there with only a goal and two assists in 42 SM-liiga games.
May 20 - 6:08 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will leave defenseman Joel Persson in Sweden this season.

While the Oilers could recall the 24-year-old who inked a one-year deal earlier in the week at any time, they want to him to continue to play in the SHL and develop. That means he will not attend training camp and if the Oilers like what they see, they will sign him to a longer contract. "Joel has progressed rapidly in the last year and has shown a very good offensive side to his game, which is compatible with some of our needs," Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli stated in a press release. "The plan is for Joel to remain with his club team next year. We have the right of recall but want to see him develop his game thoroughly in what will be his second year in the Swedish Elite League." Persson had six goals and 34 points in 51 games and was an offensive force in 2017-18.
May 20 - 6:03 AM

Joel Persson has signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Persson had six goals and 34 points in 51 Swedish league games in 2017-18. He should continue to be strong with the puck, but it will be interesting to see how he does defensively going forward.
May 18 - 4:24 PM

Connor McDavid registered three assists as Canada earned a 5-4 overtime win over Russia in the 2018 World Championships Quarterfinals.

McDavid is up to five goals and 16 points in eight games in the 2018 Worlds. He got the primary assist on the overtime winner, which was scored by Ryan O’Reilly. Colton Parayko also came up big for Canada with a goal and an assist. Canada will now face the winner of Switzerland versus Finland.
May 17 - 12:59 PM

Joel Persson is reportedly close to signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN's Ryan Rishaug tweeted the news Wednesday morning when he wrote: "Sounds like Oilers may have locked up Swedish Defenceman Joel Perrson. 24 year old right shot from the Vaxjo Lakers." Persson registered six goals and 34 points in 51 SHL games last season.
May 16 - 11:46 AM

Stuart Skinner has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Skinner posted a 16-6-2 record with a 2.68 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and two shutouts after he was acquired by Swift Current from Lethbridge. He registered a mark of 16-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA, a .932 save percentage and six shutouts during the playoffs en route to a WHL championship title. He was chosen in the third round (78th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Oilers.
May 14 - 1:39 PM

Connor McDavid had a hat trick in Team Canada's 5-0 win over Norway on Thursday.

McDavid has excelled in the 2018 World Championships with four goals and 10 points in four games. After Edmonton missed the playoffs, the tournament has offered McDavid with the opportunity to end his campaign on a brighter note. So far Canada is 3-0-1-0 with their lone defeat coming in overtime against Team USA in the tournament opener.
May 11 - 5:31 AM

There's a significant chance that Edmonton will trade the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

They'd get a good prospect with that pick, but one that isn't likely to play in the NHL for at least a couple years. With Connor McDavid already playing at an elite level, they want to give him more support right away, especially after missing the playoffs last season. Trading their 10th overall pick is one way to do that, though of course it will all come down to what the return is. At any rate, don't be surprised if that pick does get moved.
May 9 - 7:18 AM

Edmonton has signed Tyler Vesel to a one-year contract.

Vesel registered 11 goals and 32 points in 36 games with the University of Nebraska-Omaha this past season. He also had three goals and three assists in 11 outings with Bakersfield of the AHL at the end of the year. Vesel was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Oilers.
May 8 - 3:06 PM

There's reportedly a reasonable chance that Anton Slepyshev will end up signing a KHL contract.

Slepyshev's KHL rights were recently dealt from Salavt Ufa to CKSA Moscow, which is expected to now push to sign him. His contract with the Oilers expires on June 30th and while he'll still be a RFA, he would be eligible to sign in the KHL. Slepyshev might also attempt to use this situation as leverage to get the Oilers to trade him. He was used sparingly in 2017-18 as he appeared in just 50 games.
May 4 - 5:51 AM

Mikko Koskinen feels better prepared to handle the NHL than he was last time.

Koskinen was drafted with the 31st overall pick by the New York Islanders in 2009. He only ended up appearing in four NHL games with the Islanders and struggled mightily with a 4.33 GAA and .873 save percentage in 2010-11. He's been playing in Europe since than and has developed into an elite netminder in the KHL. He had a 1.57 GAA and .937 save percentage in 29 games in 2017-18. Now he's signed a one-year contract with Edmonton to give the NHL another shot. "I wasn’t good enough, I was just a kid … I’m a totally different goalie and person now," Koskinen said, reflecting on his first stint in the NHL. "No, I didn’t feel pressure because I was a high draft pick. It was because I had only played one full year of pro (Espoo Blues) in Europe. I didn’t know the competition (North America) was so hard. It hit me on the blind-side, the mental part was the biggest reason."
May 3 - 8:12 AM

Edmonton has signed Mikko Koskinen to a one-year contract.

Koskinen posted 22 wins along with a 1.57 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 29 games with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL in 2017-18. The 29-year-old netminder also had a 1.62 GAA and .935 save percentage in 15 playoff outings. Koskinen is projected to be Cam Talbot's backup next year even though Al Montoya still has another season left on his current contract. There will probably be a competition at training camp.
May 1 - 1:11 PM

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