Player News - Oilers

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Leon Draisaitl played in his first preseason game on Sunday.

Draisaitl was taken with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "I was a little bit nervous at the beginning," Draisaitl said. "I think that's a little bit normal. I think I did OK, it's still early in the season and I think once I feel more comfortable, I'll be better." He ended up getting an assist in the Oilers' 3-1 win. Draisaitl fighting to fill the team's second-line center vacancy.
Sep 22 - 7:22 AM

Justin Schultz was happy with how he did in his first preseason game of 2014.

"I felt really good (Sunday)," Schultz said. "I wanted to play my game, which is jumping up in the rush, which I thought I did quite well. The legs were there, which was good. It was a good win tonight." He stood out with a goal and an assist in Edmonton's 3-1 victory against Calgary. Schultz had 33 points in 74 games last season, but he's capable of doing more offensively.
Sep 22 - 7:19 AM

Greg Chase, to his surprise, was paired up with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Sunday's preseason game against Calgary.

"I thought it was a prank on me," Chase said. "I thought someone was trying to kid around. Once I found out (it was true), I was shocked." He ended up logging 13:54 minutes, including 3:05 with the man advantage. He didn't have any points or shots on goal, but he did record three hits. He was charged with a 10-minute misconduct penalty with less than two minutes to go in the contest.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 22 - 6:52 AM

Justin Schultz scored the game-winner and added an assist in Edmonton’s 3-1 win over Calgary.

The Oilers and Flames played two split-squad games Sunday night, one in Edmonton and one in Calgary. This game was in Edmonton. Schultz scored on a wrist shot midway through the first period and added an assist on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ second period goal. The 24-year-old defenseman registered 11 goals and 33 points last season. Schultz has the offensive ability to improve on those numbers, but he’ll have to clean up his defensive game this season. Marco Roy scored the other goal for the Oilers.
Sep 21 - 10:39 PM

Luke Gazdic (shoulder) skated on his own Saturday.

Gazdic underwent shoulder surgery in April and while he is hoping to be well enough to play opening night, it is no sure thing. Gazdic is a bottom-six forward who will give your fantasy team plenty of penalty minutes and should be drafted as such.
Sep 21 - 7:08 AM

Leon Draisaitl will play on Sunday in Edmonton.

The Oilers play a pair of pre-season games and the Oilers are rewarding their fans with the opening game of their first round pick and third overall, the talented Draisaitl. He suffered a leg cramp in prospects camp last week but he is apparently fine and ready to show the hometown crowd how talented he is offensively. Draisaitl will line up with David Perron and Benoit Pouliot as his linemates. He is slated to stick with the Oilers all season so he is worth a late round pick in one-year leagues and much higher than that in dynasty pools.
Sep 21 - 7:04 AM

Coach Dallas Eakins was very impressed with the defensive duo of Nikita Nikitin and Mark Fayne on Saturday.

The Oilers acquired both during the off-season and the very early going looks promising as Edmonton was horrible on the back end last season, giving up 270 goals. Both are solid defensively but we cannot recommend either in traditional fantasy pools.
Sep 21 - 7:01 AM

Jeff Petry sat out practice on Saturday after injuring his shoulder on Friday.

Petry suffered the injury when hit by Anton Lander. Consider Petry day-to-day for now.
Sep 21 - 6:57 AM

Look for Mark Fayne to be defensively responsible in his own end for the Oilers this season.

This was something that has been lacking for the Oilers who gave up 270 goals last season in 82 games. Fayne will likely be a four-five defenseman on the Oilers depth charts but will not contribute much offensively. Still, if he can perform defensively, he will be a much needed addition to the Oilers defensive corps.
Sep 20 - 9:01 AM

Winger Kevin Westgarth is hoping to ink a deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Westgarth is in camp on a professional tryout but his experience on a young Oilers squad could be a help in garnering a spot on the roster. The enforcer is the son-in-law of former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and Westgarth has won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012. He will get plenty of penalty minutes and an occasional point if he manages to crack the Oilers lineup this season.
Sep 20 - 8:51 AM

Winger Luke Gazdic has not been cleared for contact after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in April.

The enforcer had only four points but 127 penalty minutes in 67 games in 2013-14 before the shoulder surgery forced him to miss the rest of the season. Gazdic will provide the Oilers with some toughness up front this season. Expect five-seven points and 125-plus penalty minutes this season. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 20 - 8:46 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins wants to improve his efficiency on faceoffs.

Nugent-Hopkings has been among the NHL's weakest at the dot and that may be attributed to his shoulder surgeries in years two and three of his NHL career. The youngster is getting stronger but this could be a pivotal year for the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Look for a better offensive display than last season when he had 18 goals and 35 assists in 75 games.
Sep 20 - 8:40 AM

Coming into his fourth season, 21-year-old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is determined to take his game to the next level.

"I've really got to step up and be a big impact on this team and make sure I'm good every night, don't take any nights off," Nugent-Hopkins said. He has raised his weight to 192 pounds. "It's time to do it and it's something that I really want to grab a hold of and just take charge."
Sep 19 - 10:36 PM

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

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