Player News - Oilers

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Do not be surprised if Leon Draisaitl opens the season on the wing.

The third overall pick in the 2014 Draft was used as the Oilers second center for 37 games last season before he was sent back to junior hockey as Edmonton did not have another pivot to play behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. But this season Connor McDavid will line up at center as well as Anton Lander and Mark Letestu. "I’d be totally fine with that" Draisaitl said about the shift to the wing. "I’ve played the wing before. I know how to play the wing and for me it wouldn’t really matter. As long as I’m on the team. You have more responsibility as a center. A lot of times you’re the guy working down low with the defenseman. That takes work, the kind you don’t have as a winger. You have to work hard as a winger as well, but it’s a little different role. I know how to play both and I think that’s a good thing to have." Stay tuned.
Jul 4 - 6:41 AM

The Edmonton Oilers made their orientation camp practice public on Friday and 3,000 fans turned up to see Connor McDavid.

McDavidmania is off to a big start in Edmonton as he is expected to eventually take the Oilers to the promised land of a Stanley Cup. "Never like that, it was pretty funny," McDavid smiled afterward. "Skating around, shooting in the open net and they were celebrating. It’s funny. But at the end of the day it really means a lot, the support that they’ve shown."
Jul 4 - 6:36 AM

Connor McDavid has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

No surprise there obviously, but now he's officially on the Edmonton Oilers' roster. He'll get the max allowed under the rules of an entry-level contract. That means he'll earn $925,000 annually and has the potential to achieve $2.85 million annually in signing bonuses.
Jul 3 - 12:44 PM

Todd McLellan thinks that the Oilers can feed off of the increased excitement about the team.

"We (the Oilers) have to keep it real, but I hope the people in Edmonton and in the hockey world keep that excitement level up because it forces us to execute and keeps us on our toes," McLellan said. "That's a really good thing." Expectations have increased dramatically for the Oilers thanks to what many have seen as a very positive summer for them. They've reworked their front office and coaching staff and, of course, drafted projected superstar Connor McDavid. When you add in the free agent signing of Andrej Sekera and trade acquisitions Cam Talbot and Griffin Reinhart, it becomes hard not to at least be interested in what the Oilers might do in 2015-16.
Jul 3 - 9:31 AM

Newly signed defenseman Andrej Sekera said that going to Edmonton was an easy choice for him.

Sekera and the Oilers agreed to a six-year deal with an AAV of $5.5 million per season on Wednesday. "I looked at the roster and I saw the team they had, the coach and the management," Sekera said. "When I saw what kind of players they had there, it made my choice very easy. They have a lot of skill, a lot of speed and a lot of smart players. They have a good coach, a good GM and a good goalie. It was a good place for me to play with my style of hockey, so that's why I chose Edmonton." The 29-year-old will add some experience to a young blue line. He will be counted on to play some significant minutes this season and beyond.
Jul 2 - 5:54 PM

Connor McDavid skated with the Oilers for the first time on Wednesday and said he had fun.

It was the first day of orientation camp for the Oilers. "Today was a lot of fun," said McDavid. The fitness testing wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but it was really cool to throw on the Oilers gear, the gear that I want to play the rest of my life wearing. It was very special to put it on and step onto Rexall with all the history." Expect McDavid to get 20-plus goals and 65-plus points in his rookie season if he remains healthy.
Jul 2 - 7:35 AM

Mark Letestu has agreed to a three-year pact with Edmonton worth $1.8 million per season.

He notched seven goals and 13 points in 54 games with Columbus last season. Edmonton was looking for a right-handed center and Letestu gives them some depth down the middle.
Jul 1 - 12:51 PM

Edmonton has locked up Andrej Sekera to a six-year deal.

His contract, which includes a no-move clause, has an annual average value of $5.5 million. Sekera was one of the top free agents out there and he'll see big minutes with the Oilers.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have traded winger Lauri Korpikoski to the Edmonton Oilers for center Boyd Gordon.

Both on expiring contracts that host $3M salaries, the Oilers free up an additional half-million dollars in cap space with the move. The 28-year-old Korpikoski is coming off a 21-point season in 69 games for Arizona, but just one of his six goals came at even-strength.
Jun 30 - 7:52 PM

Senators' General Manager Bryan Murray admitted that one of the reasons he traded Eric Gryba was to give him a chance to play regularly at the NHL level.

Gryba was a bottom pairing defenseman with the Senators, and he also served as a healthy scratch at times because of Ottawa's depth at the position. He should be able to be a full-time regular on a young Edmonton team. "You have to evaluate where good guys fit in your organization and that’s where we thought (Gryba) was," said Murray. "He was playing as a sixth (defenceman). It’s good for him (to go to Edmonton). There’s no sense holding him up if he’s going to play somewhere else (on a regular basis)."
Jun 28 - 10:43 AM

The Edmonton Oilers acquired defenseman Eric Gryba, sending the Ottawa Senators the 107th pick and prospect Travis Ewanyk

Gryba, 27, generated 12 assists and 97 PIM in 75 games in 2014-15.
Jun 27 - 12:48 PM

Brad Ross was part of a trade that makes him a part of the Edmonton Oilers' system.

JFYI as he's unlikely to be a big difference maker, and may not make an NHL impact anytime soon (if at all).
Jun 27 - 12:34 PM

If the Senators move one of their surplus defensemen to get a forward, Eric Gryba will likely be on the move.

At least that is what Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch has been told. Gryba's value to an NHL team is that he is a fairly reliable number 5-6 rearguard. His value to poolies is that he gets the odd penalty. Although NHL caliber defensemen are in high demand, we don't believe Ottawa GM Bryan Murray should epxect a large return for Gryba.
Jun 27 - 11:34 AM

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Cam Talbot and pick 209 from the New York Rangers for picks 57, 79 and 184.

Talbot is a UFA, so the Rangers obviously wanted to get something for him rather than spending money on an older goalie with a relatively small resume. Meanwhile, the Oilers hope to get some goaltending answers at a fairly reasonable price.
Jun 27 - 10:59 AM

The New York Post is reporting that the Calgary Flames are still interested in Cam Talbot and will make the Rangers an offer on Saturday.

The Flames are not the only team interested in the Rangers backup goalie as The Post is also reporting that the Panthers are likely to make an offer and as part of the deal, send Kevin Hayes the brother of the Rangers Jimmy, to the Rangers. The Rangers were hoping to garner a first round pick for Talbot but it looks that if that is to be, it will be a future one.
Source: NY Post
Jun 27 - 8:53 AM

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