Player News - Oilers

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Jeff Petry left Friday's practice with a tweaked shoulder after absorbing a big hit.

Petry is day-to-day, according to coach Dallas Eakins. Given that training camp just started, it's likely that won't hesitate to pull their players off the ice for precautionary reasons, so we're not overly concerned about most day-to-day injuries at this stage.
Sep 19 - 3:14 PM

Nail Yakupov is upbeat as training camp gets underway.

"I feel much better than I did last year," Yakupov said. "I came here to Edmonton earlier this year and I've been training here for a while. I'm happy to be here and I'm happy to see everyone here. I'm ready to turn the page. I think we have the people to have a great season here. We'll see what happens." Yakupov struggled last season after being taken with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. That's caused some fantasy owners to sour on him, but he's still worth a late round draft pick in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 10:38 AM

It doesn't sound like Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is going into training camp with a goaltender he's already tapped as the starter.

Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth are both viable candidates for the top job, although the edge should probably go to Scrivens after his strong 2013-14 campaign. "I expect those two to push each other for who will get the minutes," Eakins said. "The great thing about them, is that they're both very good people, they’re very supportive of each other already and they've only spent a short amount of time together." Given that Edmonton's defense figures to be better this season, whoever wins the starting job should put up decent fantasy numbers.
Sep 19 - 10:33 AM

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins wants to be more concise with the media this season.

"I don’t ever want to turn into a coach who says 'work hard and give 100%.' I think our fans deserve more than that. But I did find out about how people can shorten your quote or message and turn it into something else. So maybe I learned not to speak so much," Eakins said. Everything he says will inevitably be heavily scrutinized and some of his quotes will be turned against him, so for his sake this might be a good idea. However, a coach will be judged on the team's performance versus expectations and everything else is secondary. If the Oilers have another bad year, then Eakins will likely be heavily criticized regardless of what he says and conversely, if the Oilers have a strong season, then he will likely receive plenty of the credit.
Sep 19 - 10:25 AM

Mitch Moroz should get a long look from the Edmonton Oilers during training camp.

Moroz had 63 points and 156 penalty minutes in 70 WHL games last season. "If I can keep playing my game, there is room for a big, power forward and guys with a physical edge and a bigger body," he reasoned. "We'll see. I just want to make it a long stay here and make it tough for them, I guess." He might not be one of the favorites to make the team's opening game roster, but he's not a long shot either.
Sep 18 - 9:26 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have hired David Pelletier to serve as their new skating coach.

Pelletier has experience teaching hockey players, but he's better known for his work as a professional figure skater. At his height, Pelletier won and Olympic gold medal in 2002 for pairs figure skating. "When I first started working with a WHL player or an NHLer, my first thought was 'Well, you've been drafted, what am I going to teach you?' Then you quickly realize that as a figure skater, your strength is agility," Pelletier said. "It's that ability to change direction quickly that is key and balance is an area where I can make a difference. Edge work . . . that’s what I'm trying to bring to the world of hockey."
Sep 18 - 9:06 AM

Forward Jordan Eberle says he is ready to take his game to the next level.

Entering his fifth NHL season, the Edmonton right winger says he has put some pressure on himself to improve his performance. "I feel that responsibility, I've felt it for the last two years," Eberle said. "We core guys get a lot of minutes, we get a lot of opportunity out there. Our teammates, the organization and fans look to us to be the guys to put the puck in the net and to create momentum out there. This year, they'll be counting on us again, for sure. I'm a year older (24), I'm a year more mature and I'm really looking forward to getting things going." Selected in the first round (No. 22) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Eberle has long been projected to be one of the Oilers' next stars. He had a solid 2013-14 season with 28 goals and 65 points in 80 games but is determined to increase his numbers this season.
Sep 17 - 11:48 PM

Kevin Westgarth has been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on a tryout basis.

Westgarth had seven points and 64 penalty minutes in 36 contests with Calgary last season. He might end up getting a two-way contract from the Oilers if he's solid in their training camp.
Sep 17 - 8:07 AM

Jujhar Khaira hopes he can be the big center the Edmonton Oilers are looking for.

At 6-foot-4 and around 214 pounds, Khaira certainly looks the part. "It's very exciting," he said. "It's nice to know they need a player like me and I'm going to try my best to fill that need — work my hardest to get a spot on the team." Of course, simply having the size isn't enough. Khaira needs some more seasoning and isn't expected to make the Oilers' opening game roster.
Sep 17 - 8:02 AM

Leon Draisaitl had a strong showing in the rookie tournament.

Draisaitl gave people a scare when he suffered a leg cramp on Friday, but the tournament was otherwise a success for him. Of course, you can't read too much into the fact that he shined against people in the same age range as him, but it's still a small step towards making the Oilers' roster as their second-line center. "He did what he needed to do," said Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. "He showed an elite understanding of the game. You would expect a player with that pedigree to be a dominant player at this level, so we can check off the first box of what he needs to accomplish to stay with us."
Sep 16 - 10:22 AM

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Vladimir Tkachev will attend the big club's training camp.

Edmonton isn't concerned by his lack of size and they big on his talent. Tkachev is attending Edmonton's rookie camp and the undrafted forward has impressed the team's brass enough to earn an extended look.
Sep 15 - 6:03 PM

Greg Chase has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton.

Chase was taken with the 188th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He took a big step forward last season with 35 goals and 85 points in 70 WHL games after recording just 49 points in 2012-13. "Being a seventh round pick I didn't expect to get (a contract) this early, or maybe didn't expect it at all," Chase admitted. "I think the hard work I put in through the summer paid off and put me in that situation." AHL Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson certainly noticed the effort Chase put in as he raved about the condition the young center was in when he reported to the Oilers' camp.
Sep 15 - 5:35 AM

Leon Draisaitl scared everyone on Friday when he left the ice favoring his right leg.

Everyone in Edmonton was holding their respective breaths but it turned out to only be a leg cramp for the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft. Draisaitl will need more than a day to recover as even a couple bottles of an energy drink did not help but he should be fine for the start of training camp this week. "I've never had it that bad. I had it once in one game in the third period last season in Prince Albert and that's it. I had a Powerade and after that I was totally fine. I had two bottles Friday and it wouldn't get better. It was pretty scary." Draisaitl sat out Saturday's game. Look for a big season from Draisaitl as he is one of the favorites for the Calder Trophy.
Sep 14 - 7:42 AM

Vladimir Tkachev is at the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp.

Tkachev was not drafted in June despite his outstanding skill as the Russian left winger is only 5'8" and a rail thin 141 pounds. He came over to play 20 games for Moncton of the QMJHL and had 10 goals and 30 points. He has played three games for Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL this season but headed over to the Oilers rookie camp for a tryout. "I think there is something to that," Oilers chief scout Stu MacGregor said about scouts seeing Tkachev play only 20 games in the 'Q'. "Pretty small sample size. He didn't get over to North America until after Christmas.They always say there's not enough skill in our game ... he brings it. If he could get to 155 or 160 pounds, he could improve his opportunity (to be a pro over here). He’s got a lot of work to do (with meals and in the gym)." Tkachev will return to junior but he could make things interesting if he ever adds another 15-20 pounds.
Sep 13 - 7:40 AM

Mitch Moroz, the Oilers second round pick, 32nd overall in the 2012 Draft, is looking forward to his first professional season.

Moroz is hoping to crack the Oilers lineup after helping the Oil Kings win the Memorial Cup. Moroz had a big season in the WHL as he potted 35 goals and 63 points in 70 games and followed it up with a six goal and 19 point performance in 21 playoff games. "Why not try to go for it," Moroz said about his chances to make the Oilers. "That's what I'm here for. I have to be ready and I have to be confident in myself. I put my best foot forward in fitness testing. I surprised myself and turned some heads in the organization as well. I'm really happy with how it went. That gives you some confidence going into the on ice sessions." He'll likely start the season with Oklahoma City of the AHL. He scored the overtime winner as the rookies from Edmonton defeated the rookies from Vancouver 4-3 Friday.
Sep 13 - 7:29 AM

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