Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Viktor Fasth (groin) is expected to start practicing again next week.

Fasth suffered the groin injury against the Kings on October 15 and was expected to miss three-four weeks. He has a 5.19 GAA and a .870 save percentage in two starts. Stay tuned as Ben Scrivens is on a three game winning streak.
Oct 25 - 7:26 AM

Leon Draisaitl scored his first career goal on Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

And it was the eventual game-winner too. David Perrod made a pretty move to come off the left wall and found Draisaitl all alone in front of the net. Khudobin stopped the initial shot, but the rookie stuck with it and banged home a memory. The goal made it 4-3 with 7:05 left to go, and the Oilers went on to win 6-3.
Oct 25 - 3:06 AM

Jordan Eberle scored twice and added a helper in Edmonton's 7-3 win over Carolina.

He was a force to be reckoned with Friday night, causing turnovers, like for his first goal. And cleaning up others, like on his second goal. The assist probably didn't need to be awarded, but you won't hear him or his fantasy owners complaining either. He skated 18:55 with 3:22 on the powerplay.
Oct 25 - 3:02 AM

Ben Scrivens shut enough of the door to secure victory on Friday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Edmonton and Carolina traded goals until midway through the third, but then Scrivens and the Oilers took over, winning 6-3. It's tough to blame Scrivens for any of the goals, he was either heavily screened or the scorer took a great shot. But when his defense gave him a chance, he made the saves.
Oct 25 - 2:57 AM

David Perron openly admitted that his goal scoring drought has an impact on him.

"Can I be like every one else and say it doesn't affect me?" Perron said with a laugh. "It's not true. They're all lying when they say that; it does affect you." Perron still has four assists in seven games, so he hasn't been held off the scoresheet entirely. Goals tend to come in bunches, so while he has started the season slow, we aren't too worried about him yet.
Oct 24 - 10:35 AM

Nikita Nikitin scored his first goal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

That brings Nikitin up to two points in seven contests. He doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 23 - 8:54 AM

Teddy Purcell had two assists in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

Purcell endured a four-game scoreless slump. He has five points in seven contests in 2014-15, which isn't bad when you factor in that he's been averaging just 14:41 minutes per game.
Oct 23 - 8:51 AM

Ben Scrivens stopped 34-of-36 shots in a 3-2 Edmonton win over Washington on Wednesday night.

Scrivens was outstanding for the Oilers who have turned things around nicely over the last seven days when many hockey pundits left them for dead. Edmonton was out-shot 13-4 by the Capitals in the third period but Scrivens stood tall for them. Scrivens got his second win in row after defeating the Lightning on Monday.
Oct 23 - 1:32 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the second time in as many games for the Oilers who defeated Washington 3-2 on Wednesday.

The Nuge took advantage of a brutal Alex Ovechkin give-away and then came in on a partial break-away, making no mistake stick side on a helpless Braden Holtby. It looked like it would be another slow start to the season for RNH but the talented center has now recorded four points in five games played. Justin Schultz also scored his second goal in as many nights for the Oilers who have won three in row.
Oct 23 - 1:21 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will have to make a decision in the not too distant future regarding Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl has already burned through six of his possible nine games in his trial. If he plays in a 10th contest than this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract. "It is nerve-racking a bit, but I'm trying not to think too much about it, where I'll wind up," said Draisaitl. "I don't think I've been terrible so far but I can be way better, and I'll have to be way better." He's averaging just 12:48 minutes of ice time per game and he'd certainly get a lot more if they returned him to the WHL.
Oct 22 - 10:09 AM

Dallas Eakins was very encouraged by the Oilers' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday.

"I think for the group, it was more like everything we've put in place here will work, there's no need to change anything," said Eakins. "That was the one thing we were really hammering home as a staff: We're not changing anything. We know this is the way to go with this group. It's going to work." It's not surprising that Eakins would assume the role of cheerleader for his relatively young squad that's desperate for momentum. The Oilers are probably better than their 0-4-1 start indicated, but that's not saying much. This team doesn't look like a good bet to make the playoffs.
Oct 22 - 10:05 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal in the Oilers' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Monday night.

Nugent-Hopkins has a goal and two points in four games in 2014-15. We're looking for him to surpass his career-high of 56 points despite his slow start to the season.
Oct 21 - 9:01 AM

Justin Schultz scored his first goal of the season on Monday.

Schultz has two points and a minus-five rating in six games. He should get better as the season goes on, although we wouldn't expect too much more than 30 points from him.
Oct 21 - 8:59 AM

Nail Yakupov had an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 victory on Monday.

Yakupov snapped a three-game pointless slump. The Oilers have gotten off to a slow start and Yakupov's no exception, but he's worth keeping an eye on because he could end up bouncing back from his rough 2013-14 campaign.
Oct 21 - 8:57 AM

Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens made 22 saves Monday night en route to the Oilers' 3-2 triumph over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was both Edmonton's first win of the season and Scrivens' first win of the season. Scrivens' record is 1-3 and his goals-against average is 3.66. His save percentage is .862. We don't suggest you snap up Scrivens just yet for your fantasy team but keep an eye on him because, if this team improves the way many hockey insiders think it will, Scrivens may indeed become worthy.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM


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