Player News - Oilers

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins now ranks third among active players in terms of games played with Edmonton.

The Jeff Petry trade allowed Nugent-Hopkins to move into that position. Nugent-Hopkins is 21 years old with 243 games under his belt, so the fact that he's now third on that list is a bit of a sad statement with Edmonton. Granted, the Oilers are rebuilding, so their emphasis on youth is understandable from that regard, but it's also true that they've been stuck in a rebuilding mode for far longer than was hoped and statistics like this are a reflection of that.
Mar 2 - 10:15 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have placed Keith Aulie on waivers.

The 25-year-old has played in just 18 games with the Oilers this season. He hasn't registered a point in 2014-15.
Mar 1 - 12:37 PM

Darnell Nurse has been out of action for the last few weeks with a leg injury.

Nurse is the Oilers top prospect and suffered the injury while playing for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. He was in Edmonton on the weekend to make sure there was nothing wrong with the leg. "I got hit a little awkwardly a couple of weeks back, so the medical staff wanted me to come in to get it looked at. I’ve had a couple of MRIs and everything looks fine. I’m looking forward to heading back to the Soo tomorrow. Nothing serious," Nurse said. "Hopefully I’ll be hopping right back onto the ice." Nurse should crack the weak Oilers blueline next season and be a force for many years to come.
Mar 1 - 7:03 AM

Iiro Pakarinen suffered a leg injury in the first period Saturday and did not return.

Pakarinen only played 36 seconds before being done for the evening. He has one goal and two assists in 17 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible.
Mar 1 - 6:57 AM

Nail Yakupov (groin) returned to action on Saturday.

Yakupov was a minus-one Saturday as the Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Blues. He missed one game with injury. Yakupov has been hot of late with four goals and eight points in his previous eight games as the 21-year-old is showing signs of why he was selected first overall in 2012.
Mar 1 - 2:39 AM

Justin Schultz potted a goal for the Oilers in their 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday night.

There is still an outside chance Schultz reaches his career high of 33 points set last season, but with five goals, it’s unlikely he will get to 11. The goal was his first point in five games, and his goal was his first since Feb. 2. He has 23 points this season. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins registered the helpers.
Mar 1 - 12:52 AM

Ben Scrivens set aside 25 shots in the Oilers’ 2-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday night.

Scrivens has actually been pretty good over his past five games, though he has just two wins to show for three plus-.926 save percentage efforts. He has a 2.92 goals-against and .898 save percentage this season.
Mar 1 - 12:52 AM

Matt Fraser and Keith Aulie will be scratched on Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues.

There isn't much fantasy value here, unfortunately. Fraser has just a trio of goals with 44 hits through 24 goals this season. While Aulie, whose played just five times in the new year, has no points, 37 hits, and 53 PIMs this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 28 - 7:26 PM

Ben Scrivens will get the start against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Scrivens comes in with a 12-19-7 record with a .897 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA through 43 appearances this season. He also has just 15 Quality Starts against seven Really Bad Starts, tied for fourth most in the league, through 38 starts as well.
Feb 28 - 5:57 PM

Coach Todd Nelson said that the shoulder injury to Anton Lander may not be season-ending.

Lander had shown some promise this season with 11 points in 22 games before a bum shoulder put him on the sidelines. Look for Lander to compete for the third line job next season in training camp.
Feb 28 - 7:18 AM

Nikita Nikitin skated in practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder a month ago.

Nikitin was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey so he is still not close to returning. Nikitin is hoping to return in a couple of weeks so stay tuned.
Feb 28 - 7:07 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist in a 2-1 win against Minnesota.

Nugent-Hopkins has 16 goals and 37 points in 60 contests in 2014-15. At his current pace, he won't surpass his career-high of 56 points, although he should reach the 50-point mark for the third time. We'll be looking for more from Nugent-Hopkins in 2015-16.
Feb 25 - 9:47 AM

Jordan Eberle had two assists in a 2-1 victory against Minnesota Tuesday night.

Eberle has had three multi-point games in his last six contests. He has 15 goals and 43 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. He's been superb since the start of 2015 with 22 points in 24 games and he should keep this up for the remainder of the campaign.
Feb 25 - 9:42 AM

Benoit Pouliot scored a pair of goals for Edmonton Tuesday and carried his teammates to a 2-1 victory over the Wild.

Pouliot has been a pleasant surprise this season and has been one of the few Oilers to post a positive plus/minus rating. Jordan Eberle picked up assists on each of his goals in the contest.
Feb 25 - 12:06 AM

Ben Scrivens turned aside 33 of 34 shots on Tuesday as he lifted the Oilers to a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

Scrivens outdueled the red-hot Devan Dubynk for the win so he receives full marks for this result. He owns a 12-19-7 record, a 2.94 GAA and an .897 save percentage, but he should see plenty of action between the pipes down the stretch.
Feb 25 - 12:04 AM


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