Player News - Oilers

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Connor McDavid would be honored if he ended up being named the captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

"Obviously. If I was ever the captain at any point I think it would be one of the greatest honors and one of the accomplishments that I would definitely take the most seriously," McDavid told the Toronto Sun. "I don't want to comment on it too much, but obviously it would be an unbelievable feeling." Edmonton may got without a captain in 2016-17, but it probably won't be long before McDavid is wearing the "C."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 25 - 6:46 PM

Cam Talbot doesn't think the Oilers are far away from making the playoffs again.

"I think one more piece [on defense] and we've got all the talent up front we've always had and added more talent via free agency and the draft," he said. "When you shore up the back end, which is what Peter's trying to do, as long as I do my part, I think we could definitely battle for a playoff spot this year and next year and go from there." Talbot gained some confidence as the starter of the Oilers last season and he was superb for Canada at the World Championship in the spring en route to a gold medal.
Jul 25 - 5:34 PM

Connor McDavid thinks signing Milan Lucic was a big gain for the Edmonton Oilers.

"It means so much," said McDavid. "It kind of gives us that swagger, that meanness that we have been looking for. We tried to do that a little bit last year in adding a couple of bigger bodies and it definitely helped, but now you have the addition of Lucic and those guys we added before. We definitely have that mean streak that other teams won't want to be pushing us around." Lucic in particular is a gritty player that doesn't look out of place in a top-six role, so Edmonton could theoretically pair him with McDavid to provide the young star with some extra protection. Just as McDavid seems to be thrilled with the prospect of playing with Lucic, Lucic is upbeat about the arrangement as well. When asked for his No. 1 reason for signing with Edmonton, Lucic named McDavid.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 24 - 2:57 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jesse Puljujarvi to a three-year, entry-level deal.

That was to be expected, but now its officially out of the way. Edmonton took Puljujarvi with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He'll go into training camp with a real shot of making the team.
Jul 14 - 9:17 AM

Tyler Benson was on the ice for the first time in almost six months during Edmonton's prospects camp.

"Health-wise, it’s been really good," said Benson said. "Day 1, we did fitness testing and that was a pretty tough way to start the week, but it’s been feeling really good. I haven’t had any problems with it." Benson had a cyst removed from his back and then his comeback attempt was halted by groin and lower core issues. He ended up with nine goals and 28 points in 30 WHL games last season. Edmonton selected him with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He might prove to be a steal as there was a time when he was projected to be a first round pick.
Jul 10 - 9:10 AM

Now that the Edmonton Oilers have traded Taylor Hall, perhaps they will retire No. 4 in honor of Kevin Lowe.

Lowe logged 1,037 career games with the Edmonton Oilers and won five Stanley Cup championships with the team. He's also a part of the Oilers' history in other ways as the first player they drafted as an NHL franchise and the first player to score a goal for the franchise. Part of the reason why Lowe's number isn't already retired is because he served as the Oilers' general manager and later the head of hockey operations. "As long as I was making the hockey decisions, we were never going to retire it," said Lowe. That's no longer a factor, so we'll see what happens next.
Jul 5 - 5:09 AM

Jesse Puljujarvi isn't skating during Edmonton's development camp because he underwent knee surgery.

Puljujarvi is projected to resume skating in about a month. In the meantime, he can still attend the meetings and watch the practices to better prepare himself for training camp.
Jul 4 - 4:40 AM

The Edmonton Oilers signed Taylor Beck to a one-year contract.

Details of the agreement haven't been made public just yet. The 25-year-old played two NHL games with the Islanders before being traded to the Avalanche in February. Don't be surprised if he spends most of the 2016-17 season in the minors.
Jul 3 - 7:11 PM

The signing of Milan Lucic will allow Patrick Maroon to move down the depth chart in Edmonton.

This is a good move by the Oilers as Maroon can now play on the third line and focus in on playing the top line on other teams. "With Pat, part of it is his conditioning and he’s getting better at it. We’ve sent someone out to look at him and he’s getting quite well-conditioned at this point of the summer," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "And now there’s a lesser match-up for Pat because we have Lucic. He’ll be against the top lines. You saw that in the playoffs. There was some really good players (Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino in Pittsburgh) benefiting from third-pairing match ups. Maroon had a career high 12 goals this season as well as 27 points. Look for similar numbers in 2016-17.
Jul 3 - 9:13 AM

Ethan Bear has inked an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bear had 19 goals and 65 points in 69 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 124th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

Milan Lucic is very excited to start playing with the best young talent in the NHL, Connor McDavid.

"Connor McDavid," Lucic said when asked his No. 1 reason for selecting Edmonton. "just getting an opportunity to play with one of the best players of this time. I know he missed a good chuck of the season last year with an injury (to his collarbone), but from what I saw and what he was able to do, he's definitely up there with the [Sidney] Crosbys of the world and his ability." Lucic has the potential to eclipse his career high of 30 goals and 62 points if McDavid stays healthy.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 1 - 11:28 PM

The Los Angeles Kings' final offer to Milan Lucic was reportedly an eight-year, $34 million contract.

Lucic ended up agreeing to a seven-year, $42 million deal with Edmonton instead. In other words, the Kings never offered him what proved to be his market value, which is understandable given that Los Angeles didn't have a lot of cap space to work with. Either way, by signing with the Oilers, Lucic is reuniting with his former and now current general manager, Peter Chiarelli. He's also joining a squad with a lot of promise, but also a lengthy history over the last decade of failing to live up to their potential.
Jul 1 - 5:41 PM

Mark Fraser has returned to Edmonton on a one-year, two-way pact worth $575K with a guarantee of $275K.

Fraser will make just $175K while down on the farm. The 29-year-old veteran forward saw just 23 games of action with Edmonton two seasons ago, and played in only 34 games last season with New Jersey. He does not offer any fantasy value, however
Jul 1 - 4:32 PM

Matt Fraser has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Edmonton.

Fraser had seven goals and 21 points in 65 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 26-year-old has appeared in 87 career NHL games.
Jul 1 - 3:33 PM

Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year contract with Edmonton worth $800,000.

He posted an 11-9-1 record along with a .908 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average with Boston last season. Gustavsson will back up Cam Talbot next campaign as a member of the Oilers.
Jul 1 - 1:19 PM


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