Player News - Oilers

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Iiro Pakarinen has five goals and eight points in six AHL games thus far.

The Oilers sent him to the minors after an impressive training camp and he has flourished offensively in Oklahoma City. The talented Finn was selected in the seventh round by Florida in 2011 and inked a two-year deal with the Oilers in June. He is likely to be a bottom-six forward once he makes it in the NHL as he is also good defensively, but his scoring spree in the AHL is some reason for hope that he can also score at the NHL level.
Nov 1 - 6:19 AM

Nail Yakupov needs to shoot the puck more as he has only 16 shots on goal in 10 games.

Yakupov was selected first overall in the 2012 Draft for his scoring ability and if he is not shooting, he certainly is not scoring. He is seeing less ice time this season as he averaged over 14 minutes per game compared to 13:02 this season. "I’d like to see five or six shots a game, and it’s on him to get open," coach Dallas Eakins said. "It’s on him to take the shot and not be nice and friendly to his teammates, which I find he is sometimes. I find he’s such a good kid. We’d like him to take a more selfish role and his teammates will understand." He is averaging only 1.6 shots per game so he really has to start getting greedy when he gets the puck in the offensive zone.
Nov 1 - 6:13 AM

Ben Scrivens will get the start in goal on Saturday when the Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Scrivens allowed four goals on Wednesday as the Oilers four game winning streak was snapped. He is 4-4-0 with a 3.01 GAA and a .896 save percentage. Those are not great numbers but they were improved last week as he was the second star of the week, picking up three wins with a 2.33 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Activate him if you normally would.
Nov 1 - 6:05 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) was able to skate with the Oilers on Friday.

Nikitin will be evaluated again on Saturday, prior to Edmonton's game against Vancouver. He has a goal and three points in eight contests in 2014-15.
Oct 31 - 3:40 PM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) will report to AHL Oklahoma City for a conditioning stint.

Gazdic is expected to spend two weeks in the minors. He's been recovering from shoulder surgery and this is likely his last step before returning to the Oilers' lineup.
Oct 30 - 8:35 AM

Richard Bachman has been sent to the minors by Edmonton.

Viktor Fasth (groin) is healthy enough to play, so the Oilers can afford to let Bachman return to the AHL. Bachman didn't end up getting any ice time during Fasth's recovery.
Oct 30 - 8:33 AM

Viktor Fasth (groin) is ready to return to the Oilers' lineup.

Fasth has been out for about two weeks due to the injury. He got off to a poor start in 2014-15, but now that he's back, he'll resume competing with Ben Scrivens for the starting job.
Oct 30 - 8:32 AM

Matt Hendricks (undisclosed) was able to play on Wednesday.

Hendricks' availability was in question after he missed Tuesday's practice and part of Monday's contest. He had a minus-one rating in 11:22 minutes of ice time on Wednesday.
Oct 30 - 1:37 AM

Ben Scrivens allowed four goals on 35 shots in Edmonton's 4-1 loss to Nashville on Wednesday.

The loss snaps the Oilers' four-game winning streak. After a perfect first period, Scrivens allowed two goals in each of the final two periods. The 28-year-old is now 4-4-0 and has a 3.01 goals-against-average and an .896 save percentage so far this season.
Oct 30 - 12:51 AM

Taylor Hall scored a goal in Edmonton’s 4-1 loss to Nashville on Wednesday night.

It took Edmonton almost two and a half periods to beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. Hall finally got Edmonton on the board at 8:54 of the third period. The 22-year-old is off to a solid start. Hall now has six goals and nine points in 10 games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle picked up the assists on Hall’s goal. The loss ends Edmonton’s four-game winning streak.
Oct 30 - 12:41 AM

Nikita Nikitin's initially undisclosed injury is actually back spasms.

Nikitin will probably have an MRI. He didn't take part in Monday's contest and wasn't on the ice for Tuesday's practice.
Oct 28 - 2:43 PM

Matt Hendricks (undisclosed) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Hendricks missed the second period of Monday's game after absorbing a hard hit. He returned before the end of that contest and the Oilers downplayed his absence from the practice by listing it as a "simple maintenance day," but we're going to err on the side of caution and list him as day-to-day.
Oct 28 - 2:41 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have decided to keep Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl played in his ninth game on Monday, which means that his trial with the Oilers was over. When he plays in his 10th game with the Oilers, this will officially count as the first season of his entry-level contract. Edmonton still has the ability to return Draisaitl to the juniors, but teams usually don't exercise that option after they allow a prospect to play in the 10th game.
Oct 28 - 10:42 AM

Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed) didn't participate in Monday's contest.

Nikitin was regarded as a game-time decision after receiving "maintenance" Monday morning. Nikitin has a goal and three points in eight games this season.
Oct 28 - 10:37 AM

Nail Yakupov scored a goal in the Oilers' 3-0 win against Montreal on Monday.

Yakupov was only on the ice for 12:36 minutes though. As the first overall pick in 2012, he's obvious got a lot of potential upside and this might still be his breakout campaign. It's better to just keep an eye on him for now though instead of having him on your roster in standard leagues as his playing time has been limited so far this season.
Oct 28 - 10:35 AM


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