Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Edmonton has loaned Bogdan Yakimov to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL.

The 21-year-old forward played for the KHL squad in 2015-16 and he picked up four points in 11 outings. He also added two points in four playoff matches. In 36 appearances with Bakersfield of the AHL last year, he contributed five goals and 15 points.
Jul 27 - 9:02 PM

Jordan Eberle hired a shooting coach this summer.

He worked with hockey's "Shot Doc," Ron Johnson to try to help him get back to the form he displayed in 2011-12 when he potted 34 goals in 78 games. "Everyone talks about the one-timer but there's more to it than that," said Eberle. "You can tip it, you can find areas on the ice (to get shots off). I don't even know if I want to call him a shooting coach as much as a position coach."
Jul 26 - 9:14 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn't letting the trade rumors this off-season get to him.

"I try not to pay attention too much ... if it happens, it happens," he said. "I know it's definitely a different group than the one we finished with last season." Nugent-Hopkins has been linked to defensemen like Minnesota's Matt Dumba and Colorado's Tyson Barrie. He registered 12 goals and 34 points in 55 games with the Oilers last season.
Jul 26 - 6:45 PM

Adam Larsson is hoping to develop the offensive side of his game as a member of the Oilers.

"I think I can take an even bigger step," Larsson said. "There was a lot of focus on defense and penalty kill last year and the next step is to be more offensive, and hopefully, get more power-play time." He expects to take on more responsibilities as a member of Edmonton's defense corps, so his production should increase. Larsson is worth keeping an eye on as a two-way blueliner, but you shouldn't expect him to post 40 or 50 points.
Jul 26 - 5:20 PM

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


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