Player News - Oilers

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Leon Draisaitl had a strong showing in the rookie tournament.

Draisaitl gave people a scare when he suffered a leg cramp on Friday, but the tournament was otherwise a success for him. Of course, you can't read too much into the fact that he shined against people in the same age range as him, but it's still a small step towards making the Oilers' roster as their second-line center. "He did what he needed to do," said Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. "He showed an elite understanding of the game. You would expect a player with that pedigree to be a dominant player at this level, so we can check off the first box of what he needs to accomplish to stay with us."
Sep 16 - 10:22 AM

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Vladimir Tkachev will attend the big club's training camp.

Edmonton isn't concerned by his lack of size and they big on his talent. Tkachev is attending Edmonton's rookie camp and the undrafted forward has impressed the team's brass enough to earn an extended look.
Sep 15 - 6:03 PM

Greg Chase has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton.

Chase was taken with the 188th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He took a big step forward last season with 35 goals and 85 points in 70 WHL games after recording just 49 points in 2012-13. "Being a seventh round pick I didn't expect to get (a contract) this early, or maybe didn't expect it at all," Chase admitted. "I think the hard work I put in through the summer paid off and put me in that situation." AHL Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson certainly noticed the effort Chase put in as he raved about the condition the young center was in when he reported to the Oilers' camp.
Sep 15 - 5:35 AM

Leon Draisaitl scared everyone on Friday when he left the ice favoring his right leg.

Everyone in Edmonton was holding their respective breaths but it turned out to only be a leg cramp for the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft. Draisaitl will need more than a day to recover as even a couple bottles of an energy drink did not help but he should be fine for the start of training camp this week. "I've never had it that bad. I had it once in one game in the third period last season in Prince Albert and that's it. I had a Powerade and after that I was totally fine. I had two bottles Friday and it wouldn't get better. It was pretty scary." Draisaitl sat out Saturday's game. Look for a big season from Draisaitl as he is one of the favorites for the Calder Trophy.
Sep 14 - 7:42 AM

Vladimir Tkachev is at the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp.

Tkachev was not drafted in June despite his outstanding skill as the Russian left winger is only 5'8" and a rail thin 141 pounds. He came over to play 20 games for Moncton of the QMJHL and had 10 goals and 30 points. He has played three games for Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL this season but headed over to the Oilers rookie camp for a tryout. "I think there is something to that," Oilers chief scout Stu MacGregor said about scouts seeing Tkachev play only 20 games in the 'Q'. "Pretty small sample size. He didn't get over to North America until after Christmas.They always say there's not enough skill in our game ... he brings it. If he could get to 155 or 160 pounds, he could improve his opportunity (to be a pro over here). He’s got a lot of work to do (with meals and in the gym)." Tkachev will return to junior but he could make things interesting if he ever adds another 15-20 pounds.
Sep 13 - 7:40 AM

Mitch Moroz, the Oilers second round pick, 32nd overall in the 2012 Draft, is looking forward to his first professional season.

Moroz is hoping to crack the Oilers lineup after helping the Oil Kings win the Memorial Cup. Moroz had a big season in the WHL as he potted 35 goals and 63 points in 70 games and followed it up with a six goal and 19 point performance in 21 playoff games. "Why not try to go for it," Moroz said about his chances to make the Oilers. "That's what I'm here for. I have to be ready and I have to be confident in myself. I put my best foot forward in fitness testing. I surprised myself and turned some heads in the organization as well. I'm really happy with how it went. That gives you some confidence going into the on ice sessions." He'll likely start the season with Oklahoma City of the AHL. He scored the overtime winner as the rookies from Edmonton defeated the rookies from Vancouver 4-3 Friday.
Sep 13 - 7:29 AM

Darnell Nurse may be up against it in making the Edmonton Oilers this season.

Nurse was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 Draft and was sent back to junior hockey last season where the defenseman had 50 points and 91 penalty minutes in 64 games. The Oilers have realized that there was a lack of depth on their blueline and as a result, signed Mark Fayne Nikita Nikitin and Keith Aulie in the off-season. These signings will make it tough for Nurse to crack the lineup this season. "If I come in ready and play myself into a spot they're not going to take it away from me," Nurse said. "It's totally up to me to come out and prove myself. I can say anything I want, but if I don't go on the ice and prove it it's all for nothing."
Sep 13 - 7:23 AM

Laurent Brossoit thinks the fact that he played for four teams over two organizations last season was a good thing for him in the long run.

Brossoit played for the ECHL Alaska Aces and Bakersfield Condors as well as the AHL Abbotsford Heat and Oklahoma City Barons. He started the season as a member of Calgary's organization, but was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers. "Any time you find yourself facing so much adversity, playing for so many different teams and different leagues, going up and down, staying in hotels and having to battle through a lot, at the same time having some success, it helps you find what you need to do to find success under the different circumstances," Brossoit said. "That's one of the biggest things I learned last year. For me, I think that's what the biggest part was." Brossoit, 21, isn't expected to make the Oilers' opening game roster.
Sep 12 - 10:16 AM

Leon Draisaitl is happy with how his summer training went.

Draisaitl is getting ready to compete for a roster spot with Edmonton after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "I worked on my weaknesses over the summer with the trainers and they helped me a lot over the summer," Draisaitl said. "It was a really good summer for me. I worked on my strength, I'm 18 years old, I'm not a grown man and there are some things I had to work on, like my foot speed and strength and that's what I did." Draisaitl's next step will be to compete in the upcoming rookie tournament.
Sep 12 - 10:12 AM

Ben Scrivens doesn't know if he is Edmonton's starting goalie heading into 2014-15.

"That's a decision for the coaching staff, Dallas (Eakins, head coach) and Freddie (Chabot, goalie coach) how they want to do it," he said. "Vic and I are coming to stop pucks, and they'll play whoever gives us the best chance to win. In terms of rotation and titles, that's out of our control." Scrivens will compete for playing time for former Anaheim keeper Viktor Fasth this season. He posted nine wins, a .916 save percentage and a 3.01 GAA in 21 games as a member of the Oilers.
Sep 11 - 5:23 PM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) probably won't be cleared for contact by the start of training camp.

Gazdic underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in April. Despite the fact that he's not ready for contact, Gazdic said that's he's on target with his recovery.
Sep 9 - 8:50 AM

Oscar Klefbom is upbeat going into training camp.

Klefbom is fighting to make the Oilers' opening game roster after getting a taste of life in the NHL last season. "It's always good when you’re fighting for spots on a team. Makes us better," said Klefbom. "I feel more prepared this time around. I think the coaches have more trust in me. They know what I'm capable of. I played some tough games (in March and April). I was also injured last year (which never gave him a true NHL shot)." It will be a challenge for Klefbom to make Edmonton's opening game roster, but he certainly can't be ruled out.
Sep 9 - 8:47 AM

Taylor Hall is hoping for a strong start to the year and to prove the doubters of the Oilers wrong.

"This year, we're coming in with a bit of a chip on our shoulder," Hall said. "You see a lot of people doubting us, and that's fine. We just want to exceed expectations and use the good start with regard to the home games (eight of the first 11 at Rexall Place) to our advantage." He enjoyed a career year in 2013-14 with 53 assists and 80 points in 75 games. Hall hasn't participated in the NHL playoffs yet and his goal remains to get there as soon as he can.
Sep 3 - 4:21 PM

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


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