Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers have given winger Anton Slepyshev a qualifying offer.

Slepyshev is expected to sign with the KHL on July 1 but this move allows the Oilers to keep his NHL rights. He saw some time on the top line this season with Connor McDavid but did not do enough to keep himself there. He had six goals and 12 points in only 50 games with the Oilers in 2017-18.
Jun 25 - 8:51 AM

Olivier Rodrigue who was selected in the second round Saturday by Edmonton, is the son of the Oilers goaltending consultant Sylvain Rodrigue.

Edmonton traded up and drafted the goalie at the end of the second round and Olivier couldn't be happier than being with his dad who has been coaching him all his life. The Oilers were pleased to get Rodrigue and he will spend the next two seasons in the QMJHL. "We feel Olivier has the potential to be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL," chief scout Bob Green said.
Jun 24 - 7:40 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that they have officially extended qualifying offers to Darnell Nurse, Ryan Strome and Anton Slepyshev.

Nurse played a full 82-game season for the first time in his career, picking up six goals and 26 points while averaging 22:15 of ice time per game. He is the only one of the three players who does not have the right to arbitration, leaving him with the least amount of leverage. The 23-year-old is probably looking at a bridge deal that he could parlay into something much bigger in two or three years' time. It's worth noting that the Oilers currently have the sixth least amount of cap space in the league at just over $10.9 million.
Jun 23 - 5:09 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have traded the rights to Hayden Hawkey to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2019 fifth round pick.

Hawkey was a sixth round pick for the Canadiens back in 2014. He has played the last three years for Providence College where he posted a 24-12-3 record with a 2.04 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage during the 2017-18 season.
Jun 23 - 4:18 PM

Olivier Rodrigue has been chosen with the 62nd pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers traded away the 71st pick (third round) and 133rd pick (fifth round) to Montreal for the right to make this selection. Rodrigue is only listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but he proved that he could play a significant amount of games during his last season. He appeared in 53 contests with QMJHL Drummondville during the regular season, another 10 starts in the playoffs and he made three more appearances for Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship. The 17-year-old is quick and he manages to analyze things in front of him very well. In a mediocre goalie draft class, he’s one of the better prospects available. He has starting netminder upside.
Jun 23 - 12:20 PM

Ryan McLeod has been chosen with the 40th pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers got defenseman Evan Bouchard in the first round, so they opted for a defenseman in the second. McLeod’s brother, Michael, was drafted 12th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Both players play a similar style. Ryan possesses decent wheels and strong hockey sense. He’s fully capable of playing a 200-foot game, which certainly won’t hurt his draft position. In his three junior seasons, McLeod saw his point totals increase from 20 to 42 to 70, but there are still some questions around his long-term offensive ability. If he takes another step forward offensively, the 18-year-old could develop into a second-line center.
Jun 23 - 12:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have picked Evan Bouchard with the 10th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Bouchard is a two-way defender who brings plenty of tools to the table.  He plays with intelligence in all areas of the ice and his skill with the puck makes him a dangerous player when he decides to jump into the rush.  Bouchard generated 25 goals for the OHL's London Knights and he led all blueliners in the league with 87 points in 67 games during the 2017-18 campaign.  He added one goal and four helpers in four playoff contests.  Bouchard isn't a flashy defender and he doesn’t punish the opposition physically, but he still has good size and has the ability to impact the game with his steadiness, passing skills and high hockey sense.  The Knights captain could be NHL-ready as soon as the 2018-19 season.
Jun 22 - 8:44 PM

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli expects to see a better version of Milan Lucic next year.

"I think Milan’s a pretty high-character individual. He has to have a good summer," Chiarelli said. "Really, conditioning for him is not really an issue. He has to be in the right frame of mind. He’s a proud guy and we expect to have him back at a better level than he was last year." Of course, there's a decent chance that the Oilers are trying to unload the hulking veteran, but moving that contract won't be easy. The 30-year-old had 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season.
Source: The Score
Jun 21 - 4:40 PM

The Edmonton Oilers would be willing to move the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft for an appropriate NHL-level defenseman.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said he's already talked to a handful of teams. It remains to be seen if anything will come of that, but it certainly wouldn't be shocking if Edmonton made a trade during the draft.
Jun 21 - 1:45 PM

Eric Gryba has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.

If Gryba goes unclaimed then the Oilers plan to buy out the final season of his two-year, $1.8 million contract. That would free up $600K in cap space in 2018-19, but cost $300K in 2019-20. He had two assists and 31 penalty minutes in 21 games last season.
Jun 21 - 1:43 PM

Winning the Ted Lindsay Award took Connor McDavid by surprise.

"I’m actually shocked," McDavid said. "I definitely didn’t think I would win it, just because everything was made about not being in the playoffs. I didn’t think there was much of a chance." It's seems fair to say that it was the Oilers' failure to make the playoffs that kept him from being one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the league's most valuable player and is voted on by the writers' association. However, the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the 'most outstanding player', is voted on by the players and it seems for them the fact that the Oilers struggled as a team was less a factor when judging McDavid's individual performance. McDavid finished the season with 41 goals and a league-high 108 points in 82 games.
Jun 21 - 4:26 AM

Connor McDavid took home the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night.

The award is "presented annually to the 'most outstanding player' in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association". This is the second year in a row that he takes home this award. The Oilers missed the playoffs this season, but that wasn't McDavid's fault. The 21-year-old had 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games during the regular season. He beat out New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon.
Jun 20 - 8:10 PM

It seems Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers aren't engaged in any talks regarding a possible contract extension.

"I know Cam had a really good exit meeting but I haven’t really spoken to Edmonton at all," said Talbot’s agent George Bazos. "I imagine I’ll bump into Peter at the draft ... but there’s no big plans or anything." Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli doesn't need to act at this time given that Talbot has a season left on his three-year, $12.5 million contract. In fact, it's not surprising that all's quiet on the Talbot front given that he's coming off a rough campaign where he posted a 3.02 GAA and .908 save percentage in 67 games. The Oilers will likely want to see if he bounces back before committing to him long-term.
Jun 20 - 4:48 AM

Matthew Benning's two-year contract extension is worth $3.8 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.9 million. Benning signed the new deal on Tuesday afternoon, but the financial details weren't released right away. He's currently the fifth highest paid defenseman on the Oilers roster behind Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Kris Russell. Benning had six goals and 21 points in 73 games last season.
Jun 19 - 9:35 PM

Matthew Benning has inked a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Benning posted six goals, 21 points and 49 penalty minutes in 73 games last season. He was also credited with 149 hits and 82 blocks.
Jun 19 - 5:05 PM


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