Player News - Oilers

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Right winger Teddy Purcell said he got "yelled at a lot" for not taking more shots with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

He recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season. In 400 career NHL games, he has taken 776 shots. His new teammate in Edmonton, Taylor Hall, has taken 797 shots in only 246 games. But Purcell said it's different with the Oilers than it was with Tampa Bay. "There are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I’ll shoot more," he said. Purcell will be either the second- or third-line right-winger, depending on where Nail Yakupov is slotted. "I spoke to Dallas (coach Eakins) the day I got traded, and from what he says, he’ll give me lots of opportunities," said Purcell, who was also on the power play in Tampa. Purcell had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points.
Jul 27 - 10:10 AM

Defensive defenseman Mark Fayne is excited that he has jumped from the New Jersey Devils to Edmonton because the Oilers are in the West and the West features bigger forwards.

"The tougher thing for me is playing against the smaller, fast guys, but I’m actually looking forward to the West," Fayne said. "My style and build (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) might be better against the bigger guys." He was referring to West forwards such as Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, Joe Thornton, David Backes and Jonathan Toews. Fayne had 11 points with the Devils last season.
Jul 26 - 9:41 AM

Jason Williams has agreed to terms with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.

The Barons' are affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. He had eight goals and 18 points in 32 games with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league last season. The 33-year-old forward is a veteran of 455 NHL games.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 25 - 4:27 PM

Benoit Pouliot sees himself as a top-nine forward and will probably end up on the Oilers' third line.

Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with Edmonton over the summer. He played for the Rangers last season and had 10 playoff points in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Glen Sather, who has been serving as the Rangers' general manager, was previously the Oilers GM/coach during their glory years. "Glen called, left a message and said 'good luck, you'll enjoy it.' He said it was a good place to be. Coming from Glen, that was big. He's a great man and treated me very well," Pouliot said.
Jul 23 - 9:47 AM

Leon Draisaitl has decided to spend the summer in Edmonton so that he can better prepare for training camp.

Draisaitl isn't a lock to make the Oilers' opening game roster, but he's working hard to avoid getting cut. He's worth keeping an eye on because there's a chance that he'll serve as a top-six forward if he makes the squad. He has a ton of offensive upside and has been compared favorably to Anze Kopitar.
Jul 21 - 9:46 AM

Rocky Thompson has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.

Thompson had a lengthy career in the AHL as an enforcer, but he only appeared in 25 NHL games before finally hanging up his skates following the 2006-07 campaign. He served as an assistant coach with the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings from 2007-10 and then the AHL Oklahoma City Barons for the following four campaigns.
Jul 16 - 7:21 PM

Tom Renney has been selected as the CEO and president of Hockey Canada.

Renney had a 260-255-9-68 record as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers. More recently, he had been serving as a member of the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff under Mike Babcock. "I know other candidates for this position were above and beyond anything I've ever experienced in my life," said Renney. "From talking to my peer group, they all said this was a fabulous hockey job. A no-brainer."
Jul 16 - 9:45 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a one-year contract with Curtis Hamilton.

Hamilton had eight goals and 16 points in 43 AHL contests in 2013-14. He was originally selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:24 AM

Tyler Pitlick has agreed to a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Pitlick made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and ended up with a goal in 10 games. He also had eight goals and 22 points in 39 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:23 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have inked Andrew Miller to a one-year extension.

Miller made his AHL debut in 2013-14 and finished with eight goals and 34 points in 52 AHL games. Prior to that, he had 13 goals and 41 points in 37 NCAA games with Yale University.
Jul 15 - 9:40 PM

Richard Bachman has inked a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bachman had a 2.99 GAA and .908 save percentage in 52 AHL games in 2013-14. He'll probably start the season in the minors and get called up if Viktor Fasth or Ben Scrivens get hurt.
Jul 9 - 1:53 PM

Jeff Petry has agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

Petry is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so he will be the subject of trade rumors if the Oilers once again struggle to make the playoffs. He had 17 points and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season.
Jul 7 - 12:28 PM

Now that he's completed his tenure with the University of North Dakota, Dillon Simpson is getting ready for his first training camp.

Simpson is looking to follow in his father's footsteps, former NHL forward Craig Simpson. Craig spent parts of six seasons with the Oilers, so Dillon was very familiar with the franchise even before Edmonton drafted him in 2011. "It's amazing to grow up in the Oilers culture with my dad coaching and playing here, knowing what they're all about, then coming in with this new generation of players," said Dillon Simpson. "Seeing how things have changed, how things have stayed the same. It's cool to be a part of it." Dillon had six goals and 23 points in 42 NCAA games in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 9:40 AM

Two years and 20 pounds after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft, the Edmonton Oilers are licking their chops at the thought of what Jujhar Khaira can become in the NHL.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds (so far), the left winger/center, who becomes a full-time professional this year, is everything they want. "He thinks the game really well on the ice and when you couple that with the size and skill he has, it’s going to be a very bright future for him," said Todd Nelson, coach of the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. "He’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he has to do to get better and he works hard at it. With his size and maturity. . .I think the future is looking really positive for him." At 19, Khaira already is an imposing figure and will get a chance to prove his worth at the Oilers' next training camp. He had 43 points and 59 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games with Everett last season. He played for Prince George (BCHL) in 2012, Michigan Tech (WCHA) in 2013, Everett (WHL) in 2014 and is preparing for his first rookie season in Oklahoma City this year but also is hoping to make the Oilers at their next training camp.
Jul 6 - 9:38 AM

Bogdan Yakimov is expected to get a look from the Oilers for an NHL roster spot.

"I really want to play in the NHL and I'm ready," he said. "I'm ready to go." He'll enter training camp behind Anton Lander and Mark Arcobello on the depth chart, but his 6-foot-5 and 200-plus pound frame is intriguing. He's also capable of playing on the power play and penalty kill. However, a year in the AHL is probably more likely as Yakimov may need more time to get accustomed to the North American game.
Jul 5 - 3:14 PM


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