Player News - Oilers

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Ryan Strome is happy to be a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton acquired Strome on Thursday from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle. "Super-excited, honestly, I was at a loss for words," said Strome. "Other than the emotional aspect of missing some teammates, I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Obviously there are a lot of great things going on Edmonton. Just from watching them in the playoffs this year I’m really ecstatic about joining the group. I’ve already had a lot of guys reach out to me from the team, I think that says a lot about them. I’m really looking forward to it, honestly. I’m just super-excited." Strome already has a connection with Connor McDavid as his brother, Dylan Strome, played with McDavid while they were part of the OHL's Erie Otters. Ryan Strome hasn't lived up to his potential yet, so this will be an important season for the soon-to-be 24-year-old.
Jun 23 - 4:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to re-signing Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Russell's contract would also come with a full no-movement clause. Russell was limited to a goal and 13 points in 68 games in 2016-17, but he did average 21:13 minutes per game. From an advanced statistics perspective he also leaves something to be desired as his teams tend to do better in terms of Corsi and Fenwick when he's off the ice rather than on it. On the plus side, he does usually block over 200 shots per season, including 213 in 2016-17. His expiring contract was a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
Jun 22 - 11:50 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Ryan Strome from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle.

Eberle had declined somewhat offensively in recent years and he came with a $6 million annual cap hit, so from the Oilers perspective, they're getting a cheaper, younger forward in this exchange. That said, Strome is a gamble. While he does have a lot of offensive upside, the soon-to-be 24-year-old is coming off a campaign where he was limited to 30 points and he only recorded 28 points in 2015-16. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to bounce back. He'll be a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 campaign, so this will be a key season for him.
Jun 22 - 12:52 PM

Connor McDavid has been named as the winner of the Hart Trophy.

The Hart Trophy goes to the league's most valuable player as voted on by the PHWA. McDavid ended up with 1,604 points over Sidney Crosby, who had 1,104. The last time this award went to a member of the Edmonton Oilers, it was Mark Messier claiming it in 1989–90. McDavid shone in his sophomore campaign with 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games. He's the fourth youngest winner of this award. He also claimed the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.
Jun 21 - 10:40 PM

Connor McDavid has been selected as the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Ted Lindsay Award is given to the most outstanding player as judged by his peers in the NHLPA. McDavid is the first Edmonton Oilers player to win the award since Mark Messier (although it was the Lester B. Pearson Award at the time of Messier). McDavid also became the second youngest recipient of the award after Sidney Crosby. Obviously for McDavid to get this honor as a sophomore is very impressive, but it's not surprising after he scored 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 21 - 8:17 PM

Vegas GM George McPhee has contacted Kris Russell's agent.

"We've had preliminary talks. I'm waiting to hear back (Tuesday)," agent Allain Roy said. "They did get back to me but it was on another guy (client on another NHL team). There's a lot of guys (in play with Vegas)." Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli wants to get Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl signed first, but there have been preliminary talks with Russell.
Jun 21 - 10:08 AM

Milan Lucic has aspirations of one day becoming a general manager after his playing career ends.

"I definitely love everything that goes into putting a team together," said Lucic. "It’s something that you think about. I would definitely love to get back into the management side of things one day. I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I’ve seen how things progress and how things happen. You see talent. You see moves. Sometimes you scratch your head." Lucic only recently celebrated his 29th birthday and has six seasons left on his existing contract, so his playing career isn't anywhere close to finish. Still it sounds like we might continue to hear from him frequently even after he hangs up his skates.
Jun 19 - 11:28 AM

The Edmonton Oilers revealed their keepers in the expansion draft.

The Oilers protected Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Zack Kassian, Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon,Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Andrej Sekera and Cam Talbot. Connor McDavid was exempt from the draft as he is a second year player. The pickings are slim from the roster as Tyler Pitlick, Griffin Reinhart and Benoit Pouliot seem to be the top three candidates to go to the Golden Knights.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:04 AM

There's a chance that the player the Edmonton Oilers end up losing in the expansion draft will be Tyler Pitlick.

Pitlick is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Vegas will be given a 72-hour window to talk to unprotected pending UFAs before the expansion draft. If Vegas works out a deal with one, then that would count as its pick from the team he played for last season. Pitlick had eight goals and 11 points in 31 games last season before his campaign was ended due to a torn ACL. He's not an established player, but he's still just 25 years old, so there's some potential there. "That’s a scenario. I would think that could be a fit (Vegas) for him, but who knows if they’d take a shot at picking him up," said Pitlck’s agent Ben Hankinson. "Tyler’s looking for an opportunity somewhere. He’s not looking to sign a contract that’s unfair. He’s just looking for a spot on an NHL team and to pick up where he left off last year."
Jun 17 - 4:21 AM

Jujhar Khaira has inked a two-year, $1.35 million extension with the Edmonton Oilers.

Khaira had a goal in 10 games with Edmonton in 2016-17. He also had eight goals and 20 points in 27 AHL contests. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Jun 16 - 2:24 PM

It is likely that Benoit Pouliot will be left unprotected when the Vegas Knights select players from all other NHL teams in the expansion draft on June 21st.

It remains to be seen if Knights' GM George McPhee will be tempted to draft Pouliot, however, as he has been an inconsistent performer for many seasons and has a deal that extends to the 2019-20 campaign with a $4 million per season cap hit.
Jun 11 - 12:53 PM

Kris Russell's agent spoke briefly with the Oilers on Tuesday.

Russell is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and the two sides have started contract negotiations. He skated in 68 games with Edmonton in 2016-17 and led the league with 213 blocked shots.
Jun 7 - 6:16 PM

The Edmonton Oilers could reportedly announce extensions with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at the same time this summer.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the team wanted to sign McDavid first just to establish a pecking order, but that's changed now. The terms of the potential contracts aren't yet known, but Dreger mentioned that each player could fetch an eight-year deal or a five-year deal. McDavid still has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, while Draisaitl is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 3 - 10:37 AM

Anton Lander has reportedly signed with the KHL's Ak Bars.

Lander had a goal and four points in 22 games with Edmonton in 2016-17. He also recorded 25 goals and 55 points in 42 contests at the AHL level.
May 25 - 3:31 PM

Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds struggled in the Memorial Cup, but he is looking forward to turning pro next year.

"It has been a really exciting couple of years, but I know I still have a lot of work in front of me," Bear said. "I loved watching Edmonton play this season and I want to be a part of that. That's my goal." Bear, who will turn 20 next month, tallied 28 goals and 70 points in 67 games during the 2016-17 campaign. The talented defender also had 26 points in 17 matches during the WHL playoffs. He will probably play in the AHL if he doesn't crack Edmonton's roster.
May 24 - 1:21 PM


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